What is a Green City Force AmeriCorps Member?
GCF AmeriCorps Members are 18-24 year old New York City public housing residents who are unemployed or employed in a dead-end job, and have a GED or high school diploma. Corps Members must make a full-time commitment to Green City Force.
During their time with the program, Corps Members progress through meaningful community service experiences, rigorous field work, technical training, and classroom study. At the end of the program, GCF helps place Corps Members in a two- or four-year college, apprentice program, or employment.
Corps Members get authentic workplace experiences and learn from professionals who have had successful career paths in green jobs. Many of these professionals started at the same point as GCF Corps Members, a path we help our Corps Members emulate. Corps Members serve in the field in teams of 10 and are overseen at all times by a Green City Force staff Team Leader.
A GCF AmeriCorps Member is:
- 18-24 years old
- Currently living in a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development
- Unemployed or underemployed
- a GED or High School Diploma holder at the start of the program
- Available to make a full-time commitment
- Willing to put in flexible hours (with some weekends)
AmeriCorps Members participate full-time, 5 days/week for either a six or ten month service term. Corps Members receive:
- A monthly living stipend
- A 30-day Unlimited MetroCard
- A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (pending completion of the required 900/1700 service hours)
- Training for entry-level employment in the energy efficiency field, including certification
- A solid introduction to green jobs, including extensive hands-on experience
- Guidance in becoming environmental stewards for family and community
- Support from GCF staff in addressing personal challenges
- Training in job readiness and assistance in finding employment and/or succeeding in college at the end of the program
- The opportunity to develop and practice vital communication and leadership skills as part of a program that challenges participants to grow as an individuals and as team players.
Corps Members are expected to take part in a supportive community where they are required to have high expectations for themselves and others. We encourage Corps Members to be visionaries about their lives and about the community and world, and we expect them to work towards turning those visions into realities.
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