Heart of Oregon’s Americorps program may be right for you!

Now that we’ve settled into the new year, many transition students are starting to think about what their next step might be. What happens after graduation? A new job or internship? College classes at COCC? Working towards a driver’s license? All of these are great steps toward a bright future.

For some transition students, the Americorps Program offers the perfect way to help their community while they build their work skills and resumes (and earn some cash, too!) For any student who enjoys being outdoors, and likes to do constructive work, Americorps is an opportunity worth checking out. For the past twenty years, Americorps has been helping young adults get experience and direction after high school–and they are currently taking applications to select this year’s team members.

Here is how it works:

  • Americorps members work in teams on outdoor projects like trail or fence building. They learn to use tools and work together—important skills for careers in natural resources.
  • While some natural resources programs require team members to live on site in tents, Americorps members live at their own homes. Team members must live in Deschutes, Jefferson, or Crook counties.
  • Applicants should be between 17-24 years old. Most have finished with high school or have their GED.
  • Each team member is paid a stipend of $300 per week—that adds up to over $3500 for the three-month commitment!
  • After the first three months, team members may be able to enroll for another nine-month term. Scholarships may be awarded for future college or industry certification programs.

For transition students interested in learning more about Heart of Oregon’s Americorps Program, call 541-633-7834 for more information, watch their video, or check out their Facebook page at @HeartOfOregonCorps.

Ready to take that next step, and be part of a team that makes a difference in your community? Start your application online.