Americorps National Civilian Community Corps: Teens and Young Adults Volunteering in America

Updated on May 17, 2018
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Helping provide food for the hungry is just one aspect of the NCCC.
Helping provide food for the hungry is just one aspect of the NCCC. | Source

The Americorps National Civilian Community Corps

The Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, or the NCCC as I will refer to it in the rest of this hub, is a volunteer program specifically designed for teens and young adults ages 18 to 24. The goal of the program is "to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service." It is the U.S.domestic partner to the Peace Corps, and similar to the Americorps Vista Volunteers program, but is geared toward youth who may or may not have a college education. In fact, it is possible to join NCCC right out of high school, as long as a person is 18 years old when applying. This makes it the perfect plan for someone graduating from high school who is not sure what their next step should be. Or, if a person applies and does not have their high school diploma, they are still eligible for the NCCC and will be helped to get their GED while serving.

NCCC

The program is a ten month, full time, team-based residential program for young men and women ages 18 through 24. Although it is volunteer-based, there are benefits that go along with volunteering for this program, specifically:

* Free room and board

* A small living allowance

* Health coverage during the ten month period

* Student loan deferment for those joining after college

* Disaster first aid, public safety, and CPR training

* Uniforms and gear

* An end-of-the-program Segal Americorps Education Award of $5,550 to be used toward further education, which some colleges will match or at least give a partially match for those who have completed their ten-month commitment.

The program is different from the Americorps Vista program in four ways:

  • You don't need a college education and can do it right out of high school.
  • Instead of needing to find your own apartment and buying your own food, you are given free room and board at one of 5 national NCCC campuses, each one housing 200 volunteers.
  • It is only a 10-month commitment instead of 12 months.
  • You do not choose what part of the country in which you will serve.

Once signed on and approved, you will be sent to an NCCC campus. You do not get to choose which campus you will be assigned to but are sent randomly to whichever campus has space at the time you apply. NCCC campuses are located in the following communities:

  1. Denver, Colorado
  2. Sacramento, California
  3. Perry Point, Maryland
  4. Vicksburg, Mississippi
  5. Vinton, Iowa

There will be a total of 200 NCCC volunteers living on each campus. Groups of 10 - 12 volunteers at a time will be sent across the country to serve in what is called a "spike," and the group will stay there anywhere from 1 week to 3 months, and then return to the campus when their work is done. Sometimes the accommodations during the spike are in a hotel, or a youth hostel, other times it may be a cot in a gymnasium. The spikes may be responses to communities in need due to natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods. Or it may be in response to a community request for help with building homes for the poor, cleaning up parks and trails, or teaching young children how to read.

NCCC members enjoy helping others
NCCC members enjoy helping others | Source

The Application Process

To apply, you need to go to the NCCC website ( see below) and fill out an application. The application process takes approximately 2 months from when you apply till when you find out whether or not you are accepted. The process includes a 30 - 45-minute phone interview. You may be accepted, but then put on a waiting list, There are two annual deadlines: the fall deadline is April 1st, and the winter deadline is July 1st. The program is drug-free, so drug testing is included.

The National Civilian Community Corps, as well as the Americorps Vista Volunteer program, are both experiences of a lifetime, so if you are looking to make a difference in the lives of others, it may be just the experience you are looking for.

To learn more about the NCCC program, or to apply, go to its website.

Service with a smile!
Service with a smile! | Source
Working together with community members.
Working together with community members. | Source
Cleaning up communities one door at a time!
Cleaning up communities one door at a time! | Source

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