Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact serves as the grant sponsor for two AmeriCorps programs – AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps State & National. These programs further our mission to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education by placing national service members at our member institutions and their community partners. Our AmeriCorps programs engage students and community members in civic service while supporting reciprocal partnerships that address community-identified goals. IAMNCC facilitates service for our 25 host sites across both states, managing all federal reporting and grants.
AmeriCorps is a federal volunteer service program that works with nonprofit organizations on the most pressing issues facing communities across the United States. There are three main federal AmeriCorps programs: AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), AmeriCorps State and National, and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). All three programs are temporary service opportunities focusing on issues like poverty, employment, healthcare, public safety, and environmental concerns.
The VISTA Community Corps program places service members of all ages and backgrounds at institutions of higher education as well as at community partner organizations to support community and campus collaborations in the effort to alleviate poverty. For more information, visit our IAMNCC VISTA page.
The Campus Compact Civic Leaders AmeriCorps Program (CLAP) focuses on the retention of current college students who identify as first-generation, low-income, and/or students of color. AmeriCorps members create and sustain ongoing relationships with current college students, providing them much-needed support for academic and personal success. Additionally, the CLAP program will guide AmeriCorps members and program beneficiaries through a Civic Competencies training to help them improve their understanding of civic engagement, civic agency, and work towards social cohesion.