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AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service
Member Orientation
                         ORIENTATION PURPOSE

The purpose of this orientation is to:
   Provide General Information – this orientation will give you an overview of
    National Service and Campus Compact.
   Determine Eligibility – this orientation will help you determine whether or
    not you are eligible to participate and what types of service activities you
    can do.
   Ensure Commitment – this orientation will help you learn more about our
    program before you make a formal commitment. There are a limited
    number of scholarships available for students who commit to ASLIS. Once
    you enroll in our program, we cannot offer that same scholarship to anyone
    else. We want to help you be sure that this is a program to which you can
    commit and one which you will complete successfully!
              LEADERS IN SERVICE

 The education award!
 The difference you can make in your community.

 The opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

 The network of hundreds of students committed to
  improving their communities.
 The National Service movement you join through
        How Does It Work?

1. Complete the Pre-Service Orientation.
2. Complete all enrollment documents
   included in the Enrollment Workbook.
3. Serve in your community.
4. Complete your service hours/exit
   paperwork and earn an education award!
                     WHAT IS ASLIS?
   The ASLIS program is hosted by Massachusetts Campus
    Compact and is offered at 40 colleges and universities in
    MA, CT, and PR.

   338 students will participate in the ASLIS 2012-2013 year.

   Members contribute more than 110,000 service hours

   ASLIS Serve is funded by the Corporation for National and
    Community Service (CNCS).
   AmeriCorps is federally funded by the Corporation for National
    and Community Service (CNCS) in Washington, D.C.

   CNCS improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic
    engagement through service and volunteering. As the nation's
    largest grant maker in support of service and volunteering, CNCS
    engages more than five million Americans of all ages and
    backgrounds in service to their communities each year through the
    Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, and NCCC programs, and leads
    President Obama’s call to service initiative, United We Serve.
   AmeriCorps (aka the “domestic Peace Corps”) began in 1994 and engages
    more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through
    more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community
    and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help
    communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of
    volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable
    professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a
    lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.
   AmeriCorps consists of three main programs:
     AmeriCorps State and National, whose members serve with national and local
      nonprofit and community groups
     AmeriCorps*VISTA, through which members serve full time fighting poverty
     AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a team-based residential
      program for young adults 18-24 who carry out projects in public safety, the
      environment, youth development, and disaster relief and preparedness.
      Educating citizens, building communities.

 70 member campuses
 Public and private, two year and four year schools

 Established in 1995

 Based at Tufts University

 Provides trainings, resources, capacity building,
  campus consultations, updates on state and national
  events, grants and funding, conferences


                               Learn & Serve   Senior Corps
   (Ed Award Only)

   Campus Compact

You must:
 Be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien of the U.S.,
 Be 17 years old or older, and
 Hold a GED or high school diploma

  Note: Members must be able to provide a copy of an eligibility
  document listed in the enrollment workbook proving U.S. citizenship or
  permanent resident status.

All members must undergo a National Service Criminal
  History Check which consists of:
 A search of the state criminal registry (CORI);

 A name-based search of the Department of Justice
  National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
   MACC will conduct the NSOPW check on all members before
   If the campus or service site will conduct a CORI, please submit
    the Criminal Record Check Verification Form.
   If the campus/service site will NOT conduct a CORI, MACC will.
    Please submit the CORI Acknowledgement Form.

    An individual is ineligible to serve in a covered position if the
    (a) Is registered, or required to be registered, on a State sex
    offender registry or the National Sex Offender Registry; or
    (b) Has been convicted of murder, as defined in section 1111 of
    title 18, United States Code.

 300 hours = $1,175
 450 hours = $1,468
 675 hours = $2,114
 900 hours = $2,775
              THE EDUCATION AWARD:
                 GENERAL TERMS
   Use to repay eligible loans/cost of tuition for school (not private loans or
    credit cards)
   Expires 7 years after you receive it (you might be able to receive an
   You can't transfer the award to someone else (with one exception; see
   Transferability: You can give the award to someone else if you are 55 or
    older and certain conditions are met
   Multiple terms: You can receive awards up to the value of two full-time
    awards in a lifetime, serving in full-time, part-time, and summer positions
   Use all at once or in partial amounts
   Subject to taxes when you use it
   Since the award can be used only for current educational expenses, you
    cannot use it to cover past balances in your school account. (You can,
    however, use the award on qualified student loans.)
 Be committed to completing all service requirements;
 Complete all required paperwork;

 Complete timesheets on a monthly basis;

 Manage their own time in order to complete the
  program by the required exit date;
 Maintain consistent communication with their
  campus supervisor throughout the year.
    You can perform service that fits into one
    of AmeriCorps’ six key areas:

 Disaster services,
 Economic opportunity

 Education

 Environmental stewardship

 Healthy futures

 Veterans and military families
   Service, which can be co-curricular or academically-based, must
    be completed at nonprofits, public agencies, or faith-based and
    community organizations/

   Any campus positions/activities that DO NOT meet a local
    community need or do not have an impact on the local
    community are not considered allowable ASLIS activities and
    should not be counted on timesheets.

   You can also spend some of your service on Member

   Member Development/Training gives you the opportunity to pursue
    personal and professional goals that are education and service related.
    It is an important aspect of AmeriCorps service.

   Member development hours can account for up to 20% of your total
    service term and include:
      Class time related to your direct service,
      Professional conferences or workshops,
      Faculty meetings or agency staff meetings, and
      Time spent reflecting on your service individually or with peers
       (program meetings, etc.)

    Note: there is a section on the monthly timesheet for members to record training/development.
    Please remember to fill this in when applicable.
   Members will submit monthly timesheets to supervisors

   Members will break service into 3 categories- training you attended
    (20% limit), fundraising (10% limit), and service (no limit)

   Members will COMPLETELY fill out the timesheet*

   Supervisors are responsible for collecting timesheets, signing off and
    approving hours, and sending them to the MACC Office.

* Our timesheet was designed to specifically collect all necessary
  information for this grant. Collecting this information ensures that we
  can offer this program to our campuses each year. Only submit the
  approved ASLIS timesheet.
While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by
the AmeriCorps program or the Corporation, members may not engage in the following activities:
(1) Attempting to influence legislation;
(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;
(3) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing;
(4) Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;
(5) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;
(6) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms,
political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;
(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory
religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities
primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization;
(8) Providing a direct benefit to—
(i) A business organized for profit;
(ii) A labor union;
(iii) A partisan political organization;
(iv) A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
except that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own
initiative; and
(v) An organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph (g) of this section, unless Corporation assistance is not used
to support those religious activities;
(9) Conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive;
(10) Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and
(11) Such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit.

Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on
non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-Corporation funds. Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so.
     During the terms of service, program members may be
     released from the terms of service with no compensation if
     a member has:

1.   Unlawfully manufactured, distributed, dispensed, possessed
     or used any controlled substance or illegal drugs;
2.   Consumed alcoholic beverages during the performance of
     service activities;
3.   Was under the influence of alcohol or any illegal drugs during
     the performance of service activities.

     *All members must take the Drug Awareness Quiz and sign/date as
     part of the ASLIS Drug Awareness Program.

 Sites must provide accommodation, upon request by
  a qualified individual with disabilities, unless doing
  so is an undue financial or administrative burden to
  your program.
 For those cases where reasonable accommodations
  are more costly, there is a limited amount of money
  available through State Commissions to provide
  accommodations for service members.

   It is against the law for organizations that receive federal
   financial assistance from CNCS to discriminate on the basis of
   race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political affiliation,
   or, religion. It is also unlawful to retaliate against any person
   who, or organization that, files a complaint about such

If you believe that you or others have been discriminated against, or if you want more
    information please speak with your Campus Supervisor or contact:

Jeremy Poehnert, 200 Boston Ave., Suite G700, Medford, MA 02155, 617-627-4889,

   The member has dropped out of the program;
   During the term of service the member has been convicted
    of a violent felony or the sale or distribution of a controlled
   Member completes AmeriCorps Exit Form/Exit Survey
      Member completes pg. 1; MACC completes pg. 2
   Campus supervisor completes end-of-term evaluation
   Campus supervisor writes letter regarding circumstances of
   Negative impact on campus retention rate
   The member has a disability or serious illness that makes
    completing the term impossible;
   There is a serious injury, illness, or death of a family member that
    makes completing the term unreason ably difficult or impossible
    for the member;
   The member has Military service obligations;
   Some other unforeseeable circumstance beyond the member’s
    control makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for the
    member to complete the term of service
   Member must provide documentation and complete Exit
    Form/Exit Survey
   Campus supervisor writes letter supporting member
   Campus supervisor completes member end-of-term evaluation
                   EXIT FULL AWARD
(For members who finish hours early or take the full
  service year to complete hours)

 When member completes hours and turns in all of
  their timesheets, they will be ready to be exited
 Member completes AmeriCorps Exit Form/Exit
  Member completes pg. 1; MACC completes pg. 2

 Campus supervisor completes end-of-term evaluation
               THE EDUCATION AWARD
The education award can be used in 3 ways:

   Past Members can repay qualified student loans such as the
    Stafford, Perkins, Federal Direct/Indirect.
   Present Members can apply the voucher to their current education
    expenses for the cost of attendance through the financial aid office on
    their campus.
   Future Members can use the voucher for up to 7 years toward
    graduate programs, continuing education classes, specialty and trade
    schools, and study abroad.

Check with your financial aid office to see how the education award
  may be used for tuition and other expenses.

   Disseminated by the National Service Trust
   Electronically managed at
   Typically arrives 2-4 weeks after request is made by member in My
    AmeriCorps system
   Issued to institution (campus or loan provider) and NOT member
                   THE 30 DAY RULE

   We must notify CNCS within 30 days of a member’s
    enrollment and exit from the program.

   Whenever we miss the 30 day deadline, we are
    considered out of compliance. This could negatively
    impact our grant in the future.

    Please remember to turn paperwork in on time! This means
    passing in the enrollment workbook by the deadline and
    completing your last timesheet/exit form/exit survey within 30
    days of your last day of service.
              THE 30 DAY RULE, CONT.

   If you finish your hours early, exit paperwork must be
    turned in within 30 days of your last day of service.

   If you wish to remain an active AmeriCorps member,
    you must remain “actively serving.”

    - Actively serving: continue serving the same average
    amount of hours as in other months and sending in
    timesheets until you are ready to exit.

Campus Supervisors: please have members sign the
orientation sign-in sheet now.

Remember to send orientation sign-in sheets with
enrollment paperwork.
Questions? Comments?

            Jeremy Poehnert
            Massachusetts Campus Compact
            (617) 627-4889

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