AmeriCorps will host booth at Iowa State on Wednesday

Frances Myers

Students will have a chance to visit with AmeriCorps members serving in Ames when they come to the Memorial Union on Wednesday.

AmeriCorps is a national community service program with summer, nine-month or yearlong positions to support various nonprofit agencies and community needs nationwide. Members support communities in several ways, including mentoring youth, building affordable housing and providing disaster relief.

According to its website, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities each year for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Benefits of service include professional development & an education award for student loans or higher education.

AmeriCorps has a partnership with a program known as Iowa’s Promise within Iowa State University Extension. According to the ISU Extension website, “The vision of Iowa’s Promise is that ‘all Iowa youth have safe and supportive families, schools and communities and that they are healthy, socially competent, successful in school and prepared for a productive adulthood.’”

The partnership between AmeriCorps and Iowa’s Promise is known as Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise. The program has five promises that are defined by America’s Promise, which is the parent program of Iowa’s Promise.

According to the website, “Research shows that if the Five Promises, as defined by America’s Promise, are consistently fulfilled, they can significantly advance the health and well-being of the next generation — increasing the chances of youth becoming successful adults.”

The five promises are: caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; marketable skills and opportunities to serve.

The members of AmeriCorps will be at a booth on the first floor of the Memorial Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.