The Corporation for National Community Service has released a new study on the outcomes of AmeriCorps. Read below for an overview of the results. You can access the full article here.
AmeriCorps Outcomes Study
Since its founding in 1994, over 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours of service. While the impact AmeriCorps members have made on the communities in which they serve is evident and well documented, researchers wanted to know how service impacted the members themselves. The Office of Research and Evaluation commissioned a survey of AmeriCorps alumni which was released in January, 2017.
Nearly 4,000 alumni, from the 2005, 2010 and 2013 cohorts responded to the survey. Questions were based on the AmeriCorps member exit survey and focused on long-term civic participation, career pathways, education outcomes, and skill acquisition of AmeriCorps alumni. Results are positive and indicate that serving in AmeriCorps is a personally and professionally defining experience for alumni.