AmeriCorps offers opportunities for people to serve communities across the country — from classrooms to the outdoors to everything in between. In AmeriCorps, you can learn and apply new skills and get paid as you give back to your community, state and country through public service. Since its creation in 1994, more than a million people have served in AmeriCorps.
We offer service opportunities that will build your professional skills and knowledge in a wide array of areas. Across Minnesota, there are positions in education, the environment, affordable housing, computer and job skills training, law enforcement, addiction recovery services and more.
Substance Use Disorder Recovery program (see other postings for other program areas):
Recovery Corps has two types of positions:
– Recovery Navigators are people who have experience with recovery and provide direct peer support to others. Members in this program help teens and adults create an action plan for employment, education and/or service then identify barriers and solutions. They provide a link to support services and training, conduct cohort workshops, and recruit volunteers for recovery activities.
– Opioid Response Project Coordinators help organizations build capacity to quickly and thoughtfully address the opioid epidemic in Minnesota. For example, members with the City of Minneapolis are creating a plan for mass availability of Naloxone, researching needle exchange and safe disposal locations, assessing training for Health Department staff and working with the evaluation team to better track opioid-related data. These members do not provide direct service and do not all have lived experience with substance use disorders.
Members receive recovery training, professional development and ongoing support from staff. AmeriCorps members earn a modest living allowance every two weeks and up to $6,195 at the end of their service which can be used to repay qualified student loans or pay tuition. While serving, you can put your student loans in forbearance (accrued interest will be paid for you at the end), and receive health insurance with no premium cost. Housing assistance, childcare, and transportation assistance available depending on the program.
AmeriCorps is a great transition to your career – you’ll build the skills employers are looking for (e.g., communication, teamwork, leadership, problem solving) and grow your professional network.
- Must be 18 years of age, a US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien, and a high school graduate (or equivalent).
- Willingness to commit to a full term of service (1700 hours, 8 hours/day, 40 hours/week for full-time members). Hours must be completed within 11 months of start date.
- Navigators: Have at least one year of uninterrupted recovery from a substance use disorder and have been discharged from treatment for a minimum of 6 months.
- Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Desire to affect systems change regarding the opioid epidemic and substance use disorders at the ground level; ability to connect the small details to the bigger picture.
- Ability to work effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds.