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Illinois AmeriCorps State Programs

​​ AmeriCorps is a national service program that involves people in "getting things done" in communities. AmeriCorps Members develop an ethic of service while strengthening local communities. The charge of individual AmeriCorps programs are determined by the local needs of communities with many focusing on education, human service and support needs, environmental quality, public health, or public safety.​

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Each year in Illinois, thousands of AmeriCorps Members give millions of dollars in service back to their communities. For up-to-date information on the impact on our state, visit AmeriCorps.gov.

Serve Illinois administers 30 AmeriCorps State programs in operation for the 2022-2023 program year and over 1,800 Mem​bers committing to a year of service. These Members serve 70+ counties in over 400 host sites.

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Upstate

Academy for Urban School Leadership

3400 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634-0990
Phone: 773-943-7810
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The Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR) is a one-year teacher training program for talented professionals who passionately believe that all students deserve a quality education. Individuals who join the program receive a scholarship to obtain a master’s degree from DePaul University and obtain in-classroom experience with guidance from expert coaches and mentors.Upon completion of the one-year program, individuals are fully licensed to teach in Illinois, and be placed in a full-time teaching position in Chicago Public Schools.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Dundee Township

20 S. Grove St., Suite # 201
Carpentersville, IL 60110
Phone: (847) 551-4309

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township(BGCDT), with the support of AmeriCorps members, conducts an evidence-based academic support program, AmeriCorps Project Learn, at several BGCDT program sites in Carpentersville, IL. These members work directly with youth, focusing on key areas such as Arts, Education, Health/Wellness, Career Development, Character/Leadership, & Sports/Recreation. 

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Livingston County

1303 E. Indiana Ave.
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-3089

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AmeriCorps Project Learn provides evidence-based academic enrichment support to youth at Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County, Union League Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Club of Elgin. Members are responsible for improved academic engagement and/or social-emotional skill development for 350 youth ages 7-13 as defined by factors to include school & Club attendance, school connectedness & expectations of academic success.

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Chicago HOPES

641 W. Lake St., #200
Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: (312) 690-4240

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Chicago HOPES for Kids provides comprehensive support to Chicago students and families experiencing homelessness. We are committed to our children’s educational development and long-term empowerment through academic support, dedicated mentorship and basic needs services. We are committed to offering direct academic services and holistic investment for the long-term resilience, school success and future prosperity of Chicago children experiencing homelessness. 

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

353 Randall Rd
South Elgin, IL 60177
Phone: (844) 476-4463

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This program is responsible for bringing Girl Scout Leadership Experience to under-served girls who may be struggling academically and socially through the Project Opportunity outreach program in Aurora, DeKalb, Carpentersville, and Elgin. AmeriCorps Members facilitate programming in weekly sessions to help girls develop a strong sense of self and improve academic attitudes through activities including life skills, S.T.E.M., career exploration, and healthy relationships. 

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Housing Forward

1851 S. 9th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 338-1724

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Housing Forward prevents homelessness whenever possible, respond to housing crises, and stabilize those facing homelessness with permanent housing.

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Kankakee State’s Attorney’s Office

450 E. Court Street, 3rd Floor
Kankakee, IL 60901
Phone: 1-800-936-5800

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The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office utilizes AmeriCorps members and volunteers to serve in the JUMP for Kankakee County Kids one-to-one juvenile mentoring and job readiness program. JUMP partners community leaders and professionals with court-involved teenage youth at risk of academic failure, truancy or involvement in delinquent activities in Kankakee County, Illinois. AmeriCorps members and volunteers will be responsible for reducing truancy rates and increasing educational scores among the service population, while also placing mentees into full and part-time employment and internship opportunities. AmeriCorps members and volunteers will be engaged in mentoring of the target service population, program oversight, attending mentee’s court dates and providing regular updates/reports to the juvenile’s judge and/or courtroom advocates.

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Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

641 West Lake Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 857-1582

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The VOCAL program places full, part and minimum-time AmeriCorps members in adult literacy programs in community and faith-based  agencies and in the alternative schools in the Illinois Youth Centers. VOCAL members in those programs serve as tutors, tutor recruiters, mentors, and job search coaches, and are also involved with community outreach, program planning, and social and volunteer engagement activities. As a result of their service, the VOCAL members and the 300 volunteers they will recruit in the coming year will increase the literacy and employability skills of 1,200+ economically-disadvantaged adults, and the proficiency levels of another 200 incarcerated youth. Additionally, as a pilot project with the Sunshine Community Services Center in Kewanee, VOCAL members will also offer after-school programming for 150 at-risk youth.

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New Star Services

1005 West End Avenue
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708-755-8030

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In New Star's Volunteerism to Employment Readiness program AmeriCorps members work with adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities to gain employment skills.  In addition to site-based skill training, individuals volunteer at a number of locations within our community and work on developing skills while giving back.  

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Sauk Valley Community College

173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: 815-835-6313

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The ABC AmeriCorps of Sauk Valley Community College provides support to 12 Partner-Sites through the service of 33 Members. Our members will tutor economically disadvantaged students and provide other classroom support in grade schools, provide homework help and offer educational activities in out-of-school time during the school year and provide summer education programs for kids. In addition, members will provide job search coaching and GED support services to economically disadvantaged individuals. Members will also provide service to increase organizational capacity through volunteer management and other capacity building efforts that support rural non-profit and school-based organizations in Lee, Whiteside, Carroll, Bureau, Ogle and Henry Counties.  

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Severson Dells

8786 Montague Rd.
Rockford, IL 61102
Phone: (815) 335-2915
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Severson Dells Nature Center offers opportunities for AmeriCorps members to serve doing environmental education and habitat restoration in northern Illinois. Members learn best practices in natural resource management and informal science teaching, while helping improve habitat conditions and environmental awareness of the community. 

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Up2Us Sports

1644 N. Honore, Suite 209
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 938-1248
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Up2Us Sports is the nationwide leader in engaging and training sports-based youth development coaches, practitioners, and organizations to address the most pressing issues facing youth in under-resourced urban communities. Up2Us Sports does this through the following programs: Up2Us Coach, Up2Us VISTA and Up2Us Training.

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Chicago

Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago

2102 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-235-8000

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AmeriCorps members will serve as Youth Development Specialist in which they serve as program staff and work directly with club members. They will provide mentorship, and support in all the needed character, leadership and emotional support areas utilizing and applying various Project Learn strategies and through implementation of variety of academic enrichment activities such as Summer Brain Gain, I am a Reader, and STEM. Through implementations in some of the programs just mentioned, the goal is that our club members will improve in key academic areas such as Science, Math, and Reading.

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The Gardeneers

3414 W. Roosevelt Rd #2
Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 847-800-1832

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Gardeneers sustains school garden programs, focusing on Chicago's south and west sides. Our team of garden educators goes to our partner schools at least once per week, where we lead hands-on lessons on nutrition, community, and nature.

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Greater Chicago Food Depository

4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: 773-648-4941

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The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank. We believe a healthy community starts with food. The Food Depository’s Hunger Action Corps engages and cultivates community changemakers who want to gain experience while working to end hunger. Through a combination of service, formal training and personal development opportunities, Hunger Action Corps members make a difference in our community while gaining valuable skills that can transform their lives. 

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Illinois Bar Foundation

20 South Clark Street, Suite 910
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 726-6072
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Illinois JusticeCorps is an innovative AmeriCorps program that places volunteers in courthouses around Illinois to help people without lawyers navigate the civil justice system. Volunteers are trained and supported to provide legal information and procedural guidance, as well as connect self-represented litigants with legal aid services and self-help resources. The program provides a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the court system, build professional skills, and give back to the community. 

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Leave No Veteran Behind

19 S. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 485-3617

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VYC AmeriCorps members focus on community resilience, disaster planning as well as community development.  AmeriCorps members work to improve community resilience and develop positive relationships with first responders in the community (i.e. local police and fire/paramedics, etc.). Additionally, Veteran Youth Corps AmeriCorps members work to engage Veterans and youth 18 - 24 in disaster preparedness training and service-learning projects to promote community resiliency and volunteerism.

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Public Allies

180 N. Michigan, Suite 1016
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 422-7777

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Public Allies is a national movement committed to advancing social justice and equity by engaging and activating the capacities of emerging leaders across the country. Public Allies Chicago has implemented a signature AmeriCorps program, creating a dynamic pipeline for leaders from Chicago to serve in their community, support local initiatives, and eventually lead non-profit organizations that greatly impact the city in a positive way.

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Relay Graduate School of Education

2911 W. 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (678) 783-3811

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AmeriCorps Relay Teaching Residency Chicago offers aspiring educators a unique opportunity to receive high-quality teacher training. The two-year residency is designed specifically for recent college graduates and career changers who are looking for an innovative pathway into the teaching profession. Members will serve full-time as Residents in the first year at high-needs schools Their responsibilities will be reflective of the scope of work assigned to a teacher. Residents will be released gradually, under their mentor teacher’s tutelage, and then serve as full-time classroom teachers-of-record in the second year, harnessing the foundation they built in year one. 

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Teach for America

300 W. Adams Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-254-1000

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Teach for America Greater Chicago-Northwest Indiana recruits and develops a diverse set of leaders to teach in our highest needs schools. We place our members throughout the south and west sides of Chicago, as well as in Northwest Indiana and the city of North Chicago. Our members serve as full time teachers at our school sites and are developed, coached, and positioned as education leaders throughout their two-year commitment and beyond.

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University of Chicago

5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Mail Code 5000
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-4401

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The Comprehensive Care, Community, and Culture Program (C4P) aims to improve the overall health and well-being of patients in the program by addressing a wide range of both medical and social needs. Although exact activities vary according to the member’s host site,  members will engage in some or all of the following activities: 1) recruit Medicare and Medicaid patients of diverse ages who are at increased risk of hospitalization for a program designed to serve their medical and social needs, 2) assess patients for unmet social needs, 3)  serve these patients through the implementation of community-based arts and culture programming, and 4) help evaluate the effects of the program in the South and West Sides of Chicago and adjacent Thornton Township.

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University of Illinois Chicago

1640 Roosevelt Rd, RM 646
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 355-4227

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Project MORE’s mission to build a lifelong ethic of service and positively transform lives. Our service year is designed to cultivate an ideal professional development and personal growth experience for AmeriCorps members through: • Hands-on paid job training – modest living allowance provided • Coaching, mentoring, and self-care awareness •Extensive leadership & transferable skill-building

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Youth Opportunity United

1911 Church Street 
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-866-1200

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Youth & Opportunity United (Y..O.U.) AmeriCorps members deliver high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs in 9 elementary and middle/junior high schools in Evanston and Skokie Illinois. AmeriCorps members are responsible for providing youth with tutoring and enrichment activities that promote their academic, social, and emotional skills. 

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Downstate

City of Peoria

813 Southwest Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 494-8844

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PeoriaCorps is six-month, earn to learn program. PeoriaCorps is an AmeriCorps program that services the Peoria community by maintaining Green Infrastructure sites around the City. PeoriaCorps is a unique opportunity for young adults in the Peoria Area to serve their community, build workforce employability skills, obtain industry recognized credentialing, all while earning a biweekly living allowance and additional incentives for their service;  Additional benefits of the program include support in overcoming barriers to employment and a vast array of career exploration opportunities.

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City of Springfield

800 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-789-2377

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The City of Springfield Americorps program works with several partner agencies including the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois, Computer Banc, Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, The Salvation Army, St. Patrick Catholic School, and the Lincoln Library, all in Springfield. Member activities include mentoring youth to encourage them to stay in school and prepare them for their future role in the workforce providing technology to low-income community members, supporting and growing programs at the partner sites, and offering job search and interview coaching. City of Springfield AmeriCorps members are making a difference and getting things done in Springfield for Youth Economic Growth.

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Herrin House of Hope

112 N. 14th Street
Herrin, IL 62948
Phone: (618) 942-8500

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The Herrin House of Hope seeks to help the poor and needy in the Herrin area chart a new course for their lives and find hope for the future. It is a cooperative Christian ministry of Herrin's churches, businesses and ordinary people committed to giving hope for those who are struggling in life. We follow the example of Jesus who came with good news for the poor and freedom for the oppressed (Luke 4:1)

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Lessie Bates

1200 N. 13th Street
East St. Louis, IL 62205
Phone: (618) 874-0777

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Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House AmeriCorps members focus on the CNCS focus areas of Education, Healthy Futures, and Economic Opportunity for Opportunity Youth.  They also coordinate services for homeless veterans, expand the capacity of the community to support and manage volunteers and community implementation of safety initiatives. Lessie Bates AmeriCorps approaches the needs of the children and families of East St. Louis, Illinois. 

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Rend Lake

468 N. Ken Gray Pkwy
Ina, IL 62846
Phone: (618) 437-5321 ext. 1351

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Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps Rend Lake College members serve in 5 counties across Southern Illinois. Members serve as tutors and members in 19 different school sites. Members also serve with an environmental agency to educate the community about the importance of environmental stewardship in the area. 

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Southwestern Illinois Community College

2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL 62221
Phone: (618) 235-2700

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Established in 1995, Belleville AmeriCorps is a partnership between Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville School District #118, Belleville School District #175, and the city of Belleville. AmeriCorps members serve as tutors, volunteer coordinators, mentors, and summer camp counselors. Through service, AmeriCorps members: increase the academic success of elementary-aged children through tutoring; provide positive recreational and enrichment activities for youth after school and during the summer; recruit, support, and train volunteers to serve organizations in the Belleville area; perform service projects throughout the Belleville area; and develop leadership skills by participating in team-building and service-learning activities.

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Western Illinois University

1 University Circle, 503 Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-2706

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The Fellows Program in Community Development at Western Illinois University is a two-year graduate fellowship program for returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCV) and AmeriCorps (AC) Alumni. The program provides RPCVs and AC Alumni an opportunity to pursue graduate studies with an emphasis on rural community development. As part of their degree program, Fellows build local capacity, mobilize people, and make sustainable progress in the communities they serve.

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