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.

In exchange for your year of service, you will receive a $23,000 living stipend, a free monthly bus pass, health insurance, childcare assistance, student loan forbearance, and interest repayment, and professional development and networking opportunities. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a $6,895 education award that can be used toward qualified public student loans or future tuition costs.

If you have a passion for community service and 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: Waleed
“The training and support I've received in Compass AmeriCorps has been tremendous. Our program manager is always there for us and seeks feedback to help us make the most of our experience. Serving two years with Compass AmeriCorps has allowed me to see the impact Literacy Pittsburgh has on the community and its importance in Pittsburgh. The people there are dedicated to their students, clients, and the people they work with. The staff there helped to make my service a truly engaging experience.”
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