Quad Cities Campus

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps Members

AmeriCorps members are Americans of all ages who have made a commitment to serve their communities and country. Since 1994, more than 250,000 people have served in AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps members range in age from seventeen to older than ninety. Some have college degrees; others have completed high school or are earning a GED. They reflect the diversity of America in age, ethnicity, education, race, gender, and religion.

As an AmeriCorps member, you are expected to adhere to the AmeriCorps pledge. The pledge represents the commitment you have taken to serve not just this year, but in the years ahead.

I will get things done for America-to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier. I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities. Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground. Faced with adversity, I will persevere. I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond. I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done. - the AmeriCorps pledge

As an AmeriCorps member, you may serve in a community organization, a school, or a national park. You may serve at several different locations, and you may even travel to help other communities in your area. One of the strengths of AmeriCorps is the range of services its members provide-helping make children healthier, schools better, streets safer, and the environment cleaner.

AmeriCorps has four main goals:

  • Getting Things Done. AmeriCorps members help communities solve problems in the areas of education, public safety, the environment, and other human needs (like health and housing) by serving directly and by getting other people to serve as volunteers.
  • Strengthening Communities. AmeriCorps members help unite individuals from all different backgrounds-and organizations of all kinds-in a common effort to improve communities.
  • Encouraging Responsibility. AmeriCorps members explore and exercise their responsibilities to their communities, their families, and themselves-during their service experience and throughout their lives.
  • Expanding Opportunity. AmeriCorps helps those who help America. AmeriCorps members receive awards to further their education or to pay back student loans. They also gain valuable job experience, specialized training, and other skills.

AmeriCorps at WIU-QC/WQPT

AmeriCorps WIU-Quad Cities/WQPT Early Childhood Literacy Project

The focus of the AmeriCorps Program here at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities is early childhood literacy. As an AmeriCorps member you will be serving early childhood students in and around the Quad Cities Area. You will be implementing the WQPT Public Broadcasting System’s “Ready to Learn” program as well as other techniques to enhance and expand literacy for young children.

For more information about AmeriCorps at WIU-QC contact Scott Brouette, Assistant Director for Quad Cities Student Services at s-brouette@wiu.edu