UL Lafayette AmeriCorps is a national community service program that lets you serve your community while earning money for school.
We are the only university-based AmeriCorps program in the state of Louisiana. Our projects focus on housing and education needs in our community. Members of our 45-person team work with Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together Acadiana, and Lafayette Parish schools. UL Lafayette AmeriCorps members also volunteer with dozens of other non-profit organizations in our community.
Since 1996, we have had more than 800 students complete our AmeriCorps program, contributing more than 16 million hours of service to Acadiana and Louisiana. In that time we have helped to improve local education, housing, disaster response, the environment, and even established Lafayette's own prom dress drive and giveaway, the Cinderella Project.
All of our team members are full-time UL Lafayette students and commit to a nine-month service year. In addition to community service, our members are trained in:
- CPR/First Aid
- Resume Writing
- Conflict Resolution
- Public Speaking
- Project Planning and Management
- Diversity Training
AmeriCorps instills an overwhelming sense of pride, civic responsibility, and a lifetime commitment to service in its members, but there are financial benefits as well.
All members who complete the program earn an educational award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back student loans. Many members also receive a monthly living allowance or work-study payment to help with expenses.
UL Lafayette AmeriCorps members also receive priority school scheduling here at UL Lafayette.
AmeriCorps is a fantastic resume builder that is sure to impress any future employer!
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act, which created AmeriCorps and brought the full range of domestic community service programs under the umbrella of one central organization, the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps, along with Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America, engage more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year to meet critical human needs in education, housing, public safety, disaster response, public health, and the environment.
AmeriCorps Motto: Getting things done
UL Lafayette AmeriCorps Mission Statement: To develop civic responsibility and leadership skills in college students through service.