SO, let’s say you’re an AmeriCorps member, and you’re interested in applying to Public Allies. It’s a bit complicated, but let me try to break it down.
First, keep in mind that AmeriCorps is comprised of different “streams of service.” The dominant ones are AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps National, VISTA and National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC). So if you’ve done an AmeriCorps term of service, odds are you served within one of those streams. For the record, Public Allies is considered an AmeriCorps State and/or AmeriCorps National Program. Ok, you ready? Here we go:
- You could serve up to a total 3 Full Time AmeriCorps Terms – as an AmeriCorps State, as an AmeriCorps National or as a National Civilian Conservation Corps or VISTA. BUT —
- You can only do 2 years of service as an AmeriCorps State or AmeriCorps National member. Therefore, if you wanted to do a 3rd year, you could do it only as either a VISTA or NCCC’er.
- However, if you did 2 years of NCCC, then you CAN do 1 more year of the following: AC State, AC National or VISTA
- AND, if you did 2 years of VISTA, you CAN do 1 more year of: AC State, AC National or NCCC.
- Finally, if you choose to do a 3rd year of National Service, you do not get an Ed Award that year. In short, Uncle Sam is only on the hook for payin’ out 2 Ed Awards.
So, hypothetically — if you’ve done 2 years of VISTA, you could do Public Allies. If you’ve done 2 years of NCCC, then you could do Public Allies. If you’ve done one year of each, you could still do Public Allies. Keep in mind though, you won’t get an Ed Award for the 3rd (Public Allies) year. Also be mindful that you can only do TWO AmeriCorps State and/or National terms. That means you could do 1 AC State + 1 AC National, 2 AC State or 2 AC National terms.
Finally, let’s say you just did part of a year and had to withdraw for personal reasons, or were just straight out terminated from your AmeriCorps position for cause. In the eyes of Uncle Sam, that’s considered to be a “Full Term.” So be aware that if you’ve already had two “partial” terms, you’re only eligible to do one more “full” year.