About NYC Civic Corps

Each year, NYC Service, in the Office of the Mayor, places NYC Civic Corps members (AmeriCorps) at community-based organizations to serve a service term lasting from September to July. These AmeriCorps members serve full-time to build volunteer management systems and leverage over 40,000 volunteers to increase the quality and quantity of services delivered to underserved and vulnerable individuals in all five boroughs, including in the areas of:

How to Host an NYC Civic Corps Member:

NYC Service has placed NYC Civic Corps members at community based organizations for 10 years. Learn more about the process of hosting members and how to apply.

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How to become an NYC Civic Corps Member:

  • Member Applications for the 2020-2021 program year will open Spring 2020
  • To be notified of upcoming info sessions and/or recruitment updates please complete interest form here


How do NYC Civic Corps Members serve?

NYC Civic Corps members serve full-time at a New York City community-based organization (CBO), supporting the organization's volunteerism efforts. Civic Corps members recruit, manage, and engage volunteers to address impact areas that are priorities of New York City. They also build and improve volunteer databases and systems. Throughout the course of the service term, NYC Civic Corps members will have the opportunity to develop professional skills such as project management, team leadership, and volunteer management.


Where do NYC Civic Corps Members serve?

NYC Civic Corps members serve within the 5 Boroughs of New York City. Members are placed at a CBO to support volunteer recruitment, training, management, and systems development. Learn more about becoming a host site.


What are the benefits of being a NYC Civic Corps Member?*

  • Living allowance of up to $18,500 (pre-tax) distributed evenly throughout the term
  • Unlimited Monthly MetroCard (valued at $1,397)
  • Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, valued at $6,095 upon successful completion
  • Nonprofit exposure
  • Resume-building professional experience
  • Loan Forbearance and Deferment for qualified student loans during active service; interest paid on qualified loans if successfully completes program
  • On-site orientation and training provided by NYC Service (valued at $1,500)
  • Ongoing training and professional support at host site
  • NYC Civic Corps gear (polo, fleece, notebook, etc.)
  • Childcare assistance, if eligible, during active service
  • Health Coverage if a member chooses to enroll or does not have other insurance they wish to remain on (member doesn't pay premium or monthly enrollment fees - valued at $3,100)

*Member benefits are subjet to change for the 2020-2021 program year.


What are the requirements to serve as a NYC Civic Corps Member?

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States
  • Have successfully obtained a High School diploma or its equivalent prior to the start of the program
  • Agree to and pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to serve full time for the program term (generally M-F 9 AM - 5 PM)
  • A strong motivation for making a positive difference in New York City
  • Willingness to learn new skills and improve upon existing ones
  • Must complete a total of 1,700 hours.


NYC Civic Corps Program Evaluation

The Urban Institute conducted an evaluation of the NYC Service Civic Corps program in 2017–2018 to assess how much organizations benefit from the Civic Corps members. The evaluation sought to answer whether NYC Civic Corps members have significantly greater volunteer management capacity, on average, than similar organizations that do not host AmeriCorps members provided by NYC Civic Corps.

The evaluation found that NYC Civic Corps sites report significantly greater benefits from volunteers than the control group and that they tend to place a larger dollar value on service provided by volunteers. View the full report online.



Call (212) 788-3209 or email corps@cityhall.nyc.gov with any additional questions.

NYC Civic Corps Resources

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