Join AmeriCorps

Everything you need to apply for the Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps Program

 
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Veterans Memorial

The Veterans Memorial Project began April 19th 2002, during "National Youth Service Week." Keystone SMILES completed their portion of the project on October 29, 2002, during Make a Difference Day." North Clarion put the final touches on the project before it's dedication on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2002..

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Emlenton Mill

The Emlenton Mill was built in 1875 by James Bennett and was one of the first steam powered grist mills in Pennsylvania. This House of Trades project will began during AmeriCorps Awareness Week 2009.

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MCHA Projects

Mercer County Housing Authority and Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps "House of Trades Project."  One of several service MCHA projects which included participation of volunteers in tandem with AmeriCorps.


Join AmeriCorps

The Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps program engages members in two different program initiatives. 

School-based programs focus on tutoring, mentoring, alternative education, and service learning programs.  All school-based programs are full time AmeriCorps positions.

Community-based programs exist in Clarion, Lawrence, Mercer, and Venango Counties.  Members serve in after school, summer, preschool, and safe haven programs.  Positions may include: full time/half time/reduced half time/quarter time/ and minimum time opportunities.

Summer positions available at the following sites - click on site for position details         

Keystone SMILES Summer Programs, Knox, PA Clarion County - 12 - 450 hour

Keystone SMILES Summer Programs, Knox, PA Clarion County - 3 - 300 hour - JUNE 12th start date

Galeton School District, Galeton, PA, Potter County - 3 positions

Lawrence County Community Action Partnership, New Castle, PA, Lawrence County - 9 positions

Beaver County - Rochester School District, Rochester, PA,- 2 positions

MCHA summer programs, Sharpsville, Sharon, Farell. PA, Mercer County - 6 positions

Venango County summer programs, Oil City, PA - 13 positions total - Specific sites below

  •  Boys and Girls Club Along the Allegheny, Emlenton, PA Venango County - 3 positions
  •  Venango Community Services - 1 position
  •  Youth Alternatives Youth Program - 1 position
  •  Salvation Army of Oil City - 2 positions
  •  Oil City YMCA Summer Program - 2 positions
  •   Weed and Seed Summer Program - 4 positions

Clarion University Work-Study eligible students- Position Details for (8) 450 hour position description living in Clarion, Venango, and Mercer Counties.

2017 Summer Training Requirements

      PSO ---- Pre-Service Orientation will take place May 15-19 at the Keystone SMILES Hub in Knox, PA.  Applicant MUST attend this  training before starting service at their host site per Corporation for National and Community Service federal regulations.  This will provide the member with the basics to begin serving at their host site, and will allow us time to complete all necessary paperwork.  Necessary accomodations, travel cost and meals will be covered by Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps.

Application Resources - For an application to be complete, all 3 steps below must be completed.

Step 1- 2016 - 2017 AmeriCorps Application (Positions starting Fall 2016)

Step 2 -  AmeriCorps Application Certification and Clearances (Part 2 ) PDF -this is a consent and application form only, if selected as an AmeriCorps member, Keystone SMILES will pay for conducting your clearances.

Step 2a - Register for your FBI fingerprints now (Part 2) - this is a registration only, if selected as an AmeriCorps member, Keystone SMILES will pay for conducting your clearances.

Step 3 - AmeriCorps Application References (Part 3) - must have 2 people completed this form. Letters of reference not eligible, must complete this form.

Printable Reference form PDF

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National Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for AmeriCorps*State and National, you must be a United States citizen, United States national or lawful permanent resident of the United States and at least 17 years of age. Individual programs may have additional qualifications, and you should review them when you apply.

Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps Applicants Must:

  • Be at least 17 yrs. of age

  • Complete and submit Part I, II, III and IV of the online application which includes 2 references, enrollment paperwork, certification, verification and provide proof of the following:

    • Birth Date / Age (must be at least 17 years old) - Driver’s License, or Photo ID – Valid government issued Photo ID

    • Education (must have a high school diploma, GED, or agree to obtain one) – Verification of education must be submitted.

    • Social Security Card – Social Security Card (must be signed); Social Security Benefit Statement; or DD-214

    • Proof of US Citizen (must be US citizen or US national or lawful permanent resident alien of the US) - NOTICE OF REGISTRATION OF BIRTH IS NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP

  • Be a High School Graduate or agree to obtain a high school diploma or GED before the end of their term

  • Agree to have a criminal record check, FBI, sex offender and a child abuse clearance

If Selected, AmeriCorps Members must:

  • Participate in SMILES member development program, including member trainings, an online service-learning training and Community Emergency Response Team training

  • Have a criminal record check, FBI, sex offender and a child abuse clearance

  • Make commitment to fulfilling a minimum number of hours and completing their entire term of service.

  • Complete data collection reports

  • Believe in “Getting Things Done!” 

  1. First, one must explore and understand the AmeriCorps program. This program is administered by Keystone SMILES, which is a nonprofit organization responsible for the implementation of the AmeriCorps federal grant program. All potential members must understand the AmeriCorps program requirements and design.   To learn more about AmeriCorps State Program go to www.americorps.gov 

  2. The applicant must complete and submit online Part I of the application to Keystone SMILES accessible at the top of this page.  

  3. The applicant must submit via mail Part II of the application which is a downloadable PDF file that can be found at the top of the page.  Part II PDF consists of a certification page, clearance applications and agreements and an eligibility form.  All these items are to be completed and mailed to Keystone SMILES. 

  4. The applicant must have TWO people complete our online reference form, or the applicant can download and print the reference form for someone to complete.  (links found at top of this page

Upon receipt of Part I - III of your application, interviews will be scheduled by the host site you are interested in serving. Keystone SMILES personnel will meet with all applicants to be sure the applicant understands the AmeriCorps requirements for enrollment.

The host site makes the final selection of members through personal interviews scheduled at their convenience. Selected applicants must attend  pre-service orientation which may require overnight accommodations before they are officially considered to be a member of Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps.

 The applicants will be notified via their host sites and/or Keystone SMILES through an acceptance packet. The acceptance packet must be completed in full and all required documentation submitted before the member is considered active in the program.

 

 

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