AmeriCorps Service Council


The AmeriCorps Service Council is a paid student leadership program in partnership with the Red Hook Community Justice Center (RHCJC).  Members commit to serving for the academic year (September- June), earning a stipend (after completing their service project) and an educational grant after completing 300 hours of service. The Council acts as a resource for students and organizations to find service initiatives. Members plan, staff, and promote events and other opportunities that give students a valuable out-of-classroom experience that cultivate an awareness of community needs through service activities addressing local social issues. The events focus on promoting active citizenship and volunteerism both on and off campus.


The AmeriCorps Service Council is a student-run organization directly advised by professional staff in the Office of Community Outreach & Service-Learning, whose primary purpose is to develop, plan, and implement a variety of community service initiatives for the John Jay College community. The AmeriCorps Service Council collectively works to plan and implement annual special events ("Do Something" Campaign, Unmet Needs Campaign, Oxfam Hunger Banquet, National Volunteer Week), as well as various service projects (both on campus and at various community partners). The council is comprised of the College Relations Coordinators, Special Events Coordinators, Service Project Coordinators, Semester of Service Coordinators, and Public Relations/Marketing Coordinators.


  • Become part of a tight-knit community of fellow student leaders 
  • Further develop leadership, teambuilding, public speaking, and event planning skills 
  • Make healthy choices about day-to-day life, from food to exercise and beyond 
  • Meet and work with community leaders, college faculty, staff, and administration 
  • Earning a stipend of $500 
  • Earning and educational grant of $1,342.86

Expectations of the AmeriCorps Service Council members 

  • Demonstrate a commitment to John Jay College, the Office of Community Outreach and the AmeriCorps Service Council program. 
  • Serve as a representative of the College by engaging with fellow ASC members, advisors, faculty/staff, students, and community partners in a respectable and appropriate manner. 
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings during community hour 
  • Complete 10-12 office hours per week. 
  • Attend all ASC training dates (TBD) 
  • Check email on a regular basis to assure that you are informed of important announcements. 
  • Meet with assigned advisor at least once every two weeks. 

Learning Outcomes & Competencies 

  • Personal competence (leadership skills and personal development) 
  • Charitable responsibility (understanding of service) 
  • Increased competency in the interpersonal skills required of students who serve as a peer resource to other students 
  • Social justice responsibility (understanding of social justice issues stemming from service work)


  • 18+ years of age
  • Full-time student (12+ credits)
  • Min G.P.A of 2.5