Everything you need to apply for the Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps Program
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..
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.
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 -
(Part 3) -
must have 2 people completed this form.
Letters of reference not
eligible, must complete this form.
2016-2017 Training Requirements
2. PSO ---- Pre-Service Orientation will be a 2 day training will take place on either January 5th and 6th or January 23rd and 24th. Applicant MUST attend this one day 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.
School Based AmeriCorps Member Positions
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!”
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
The applicant must complete and submit online Part I of the application to Keystone SMILES accessible at the top of this page.
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.
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.