Frequently Asked Questions for YouthWork Members
Who are YouthWork members?
YouthWork members are youth and young adults ages 16-26 from Michigan who want to get things done for their communities and learn lifelong skills that will help them succeed. Before you begin your service with YouthWork, we will talk with you to make sure the program is a good match for you.
What are the benefits of serving with YouthWork?
When serving with YouthWork, you will gain lifelong skills that will help you get a good job, finish school, and be more prepared to tackle life’s challenges. You will meet other youth members from around the state and will work with adult Team Leaders who will teach and support you along the way.
YouthWork wants you to succeed. Ensuring that our members have a positive, beneficial experience is our number one goal. Our staff are here to help you reach your education and employment goals.
As an AmeriCorps member, you will receive a living stipend that is based on the length of your service and the number of hours you serve. If you complete your term successfully, you will also receive an education award of up to $5,920 that can be used to pay for college or higher education or to repay student loans.
Do YouthWork members get paid?
YouthWork AmeriCorps members don’t get “paid” but do receive a bi-weekly living stipend via direct deposit into your bank account that varies based on the number of hours you serve and the length of your service term.
What types of project’s do members complete?
YouthWork members are divided into crews of 3-6 members who go out into their local community to GET THINGS DONE! The projects we complete may include planting trees, cleaning up beaches and trails, building new trails or boardwalks, removing invasive species, or other environmental or conservation projects. Projects come from our partners at local government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, schools, and more!
How long do members serve with YouthWork?
YouthWork members agree to serve a term of 300, 450, or 900 hours over a period of 10-32 weeks. YouthWork has three rotating terms that are fairly consistent with school semesters, with one term serving in the fall (about September to January), one in the spring (about January to June), and one in the summer (about June to September). YouthWork members that complete their term successfully maybe invited to serve another term. Members must complete their service term successfully to be eligible for an education award.
What is an Education Award?
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit earned by individuals who complete an approved term of national service in AmeriCorps programs. The award is named after Eli Segal, a pioneer of national service and the first CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The award may be used to pay educational expenses at eligible post-secondary institutions, including many technical schools and G.I. Bill approved programs, or to repay qualified student loans. The dollar amount of the education award is equal to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education Pell Grant and may change year to year.
All education award payments made on your behalf are considered by the IRS to be taxable income. Interest payments made on your behalf are also considered taxable income.
How can I learn more or sign up for YouthWork?
If you would like to learn more about YouthWork, please get in touch with us today! If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete the interest form below, email us, or call us today at 231-946-8975.