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Through the Maryland-DC Campus Compact Students of Service (SOS) program, 50 (300 hour) AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 250 at-risk K-12 students to address needs in their communities throughout Maryland and DC, particularly in Baltimore, Prince George’s County, Somerset County, and the District of Columbia. At the end of the three year period, at least five sustainable K-H partnerships will have been formed resulting in increased K-12 student academic engagement. This project will focus on the CNCS focus area of education, through academic engagement. The CNCS investment of $8,000 will be quintupled not only in the number of volunteer hours contributed to Maryland and DC communities, but in the prevention of at-risk youth dropping out of school. Instead of the trajectory of becoming a burden to society through un- and under-employability, not to mention the cost of juvenile detention, prison, health care costs for un- and under-employed citizens, the involved youth will gain exposure to higher education and learn the practice of engaged citizenship.

What is Students of Service (SOS)?

  • SOS is a part-time AmeriCorps program that offers scholarships (education vouchers) to college students who serve as mentors to K-12 students in their community.
  • SOS aims to connect colleges and universities with local communities to increase K-12 academic engagement through mentoring, as well as empower students in higher education to serve by sharing resources, skills, knowledge, and time.
  • SOS challenges YOU to think about what it means to be a civically engaged citizen and why it is important now and in the future.

What is AmeriCorps?

  • AmeriCorps is a program funded by federal tax dollars through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal organization in Washington, D.C.
  • AmeriCorps engages people to serve their communities.
  • AmeriCorps offers several different programs designed to meet critical needs. For Students of Service, the focus is around K-12 student engagement.

Why Should I Join?

  • SERVE your community and make a difference;
  • LEARN about your community and yourself;
  • EARN a scholarship of $1,175 to use for your education expenses such as loans and/or tuition;
  • PREPARE for a job/career after college through real-life experience and responsibility in the community

Am I Eligible?

To serve as an SOS member, you must: