Make a difference in your community

Give back as a Compass AmeriCorps member. Help immigrants and refugees learn English and access services they need to establish a new life.

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Compass AmeriCorps gives you a chance to meet new people, gain new skills, and earn money for college while making Pittsburgh a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.

As a Compass AmeriCorps member, you will provide full-time social services support and English language learning to newly resettled refugees, immigrants, and international populations. You’ll be part of a passionate team that meets regularly for professional development and community service projects.

Last year, 20 Compass AmeriCorps members provided 30,000 hours of service.

Similar to the Peace Corps, the AmeriCorps program engages more than 80,000 people across the U.S. in intensive service each year. AmeriCorps members serve 1700 hours over 11 months at a local nonprofit organization. The service year runs from September through July.

If you are passionate about community service and have an interest in working with immigrants and refugees, Compass AmeriCorps may be the perfect opportunity for you!

To qualify for AmeriCorps, you must be a United States Citizen, United States National, or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States. Members must be at least 17 years old at the start of the program and have a high school diploma or equivalency or agree to obtain one.

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Please note that you will need to register and create an application profile in the MyAmeriCorps system. If you have questions about the service year or benefits of AmeriCorps please contact our Compass AmeriCorps Program Manager

Compass AmeriCorps is a program of Literacy Pittsburgh. We have hosted an AmeriCorps program since its inception in 1993.
Member Spotlight: Brittany
“After I finished my degree, I knew that I needed to get experience in the non-profit realm. I also wanted to continue to work with minority and underrepresented groups like I had in my undergraduate research. I saw that Compass AmeriCorps would provide opportunities to accomplish both of those goals in a supportive environment with others who shared my passion to confront and work to solve issues.”
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