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Michigan Service Scholars. AmeriCorps Program Training. Agenda For Training. I. MSS Program Background (What is AmeriCorps, MCC, MSS?) What are the details of the MSS program? Rules and Regulations Enrollment Process Exit Process Timesheets ~BREAK~ II. Supplemental Training

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Michigan Service Scholars

AmeriCorps Program


agenda for training
Agenda For Training

I. MSS Program

  • Background (What is AmeriCorps, MCC, MSS?)
  • What are the details of the MSS program?
      • Rules and Regulations
      • Enrollment Process
      • Exit Process
      • Timesheets


II. Supplemental Training

  • MCC Training
  • Citizenship Training

III. Enrollment

  • Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

the broad view
The Broad View
  • MCC is the only organization bringing together public and private higher education institutions in Michigan.
  • MCC is part of the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Campus Compact.
  • MCC has 42 current member institutions.
michigan service scholars americorps program
Michigan Service ScholarsAmeriCorps Program
  • MSS program will provide $300,000 state-wide to students attending any of the 42 member campuses.
  • Grant to distribute Education Award from the Michigan Community Service Commission and the Corporation for National Community Service.
  • 300 students willing to complete 300 hrs of community service during one calendar year will be awarded a $1000 scholarship (Education Award).
eligible hours of service
Eligible Hours of Service

Where can I serve?

  • 501(c)3 Nonprofit Agencies
  • K-12 Schools and Districts
  • Higher Education Institutions doing community-based work


Volunteer Recruitment

  • Recruiting additional volunteers to participate in a service project, event, program, etc…
  • Examples: You are serving for Habitat for Humanity or your campus community service/service-learning office to recruit student organizations to participate in service.

Community Service

  • Helping a non-profit organization fulfill its mission through community service and volunteerism
  • Examples: Cleaning the local river or lakeshore, volunteering at a hospital or tutoring a child.
areas of member service may include
Areas of Member Service may include:
  • Community Based Research
  • Community Service
  • Federal Work Study
  • Special Projects
  • Student Positions on Campus
  • Student Organization Work
specific countable hours
Specific Countable Hours
  • Training Hours (20% = 60 hrs. Total): Any pertinent training related to the service you are doing. This could be done by the nonprofit you are working with, going to a speaker on campus or enrolling in CPR training at Red Cross.
  • Fundraising Hours (10% = 30 hrs. Total) Any programmatic fundraising for student programs/organizations or nonprofits. Cannot be fundraising for MCC/Your Campus/Your school’s general fund.
  • Your start date for this program is the 1st of next month. You can count hours beginning on that date.
education award
$ Education Award $
  • Education award is not a check made out to the student personally.
  • Uses for the education award include pay for qualified student loans (Stafford, Perkins, Federal Direct and Indirect, etc.), current education expenses (must be an enrolled student), and up to 7 years for classes or other degrees at any accredited institution of higher education nationally.
  • Ed Award is taxable income in the year it is used, NOT the year it is awarded.
education award and financial aid
Education Award and Financial Aid
  • Financial aid packages may be affected in the year the voucher is used.
  • Please speak with the financial aid counselor at your institution about the specifics of your package.
  • If you wish to avoid any effect you may consider waiting until your last semester to use the voucher or you may use it exclusively to pay back student loans after graduation.
resources on the web
Resources on theweb

On our website, you will find:

Member Handbook

Link to OnCorps for Timekeeping


Exit Forms, Links, etc.

Education Award Information

americorps rules and regulations
AmeriCorps Rules and Regulations

Prohibited Activities (Member Contract)

• Politics

-Influencing legislation, organizing/engaging in protests, organizing voter registration drives, etc…

• Religion

-Teaching religious classes, proselytizing, etc…

• Fundraising

-You may help fundraise for your organization or agency but you may not fundraise for yourself.

• Unions

-Participating in union organizing.

Drug Free Policy

Prohibits possession, distribution, manufacturing of any controlled substance in the workplace. Controlled substance refers to all illegal drugs without a physician’s order.

Criminal Background/Sexual Offender Registry Check

Will be performed prior to start of service. MSS has the right to deny acceptance based on results.

end of service
End of Service

Before your end of service –

  • 150 hour e-mail to update your progress
  • 300 hour e-mail to signify completion

What do I do when I finish my 300 hours of service?

  • REQUIRED! Complete Corporation for National and Community Service Exit Form (on website) – Sign and return
  • REQUIRED! Complete AmeriCorps Online Exit Survey (link on website)
  • REQUIRED! Have one representative of where you served complete online Community Partner Survey.
americorps online system
AmeriCorps Online System



  • Michigan Campus Compact uses many technologies to connect with you!
  • Instant Messenger – You can reach our office by instant messenger most weekdays between 8 and 4 using mssamericorps as the screenname. This will work with all major IM programs including AIM, GoogleTalk, MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger
  • Voicemail/Autodialing Service – Michigan Campus Compact uses an autodialer service to remind you of important deadlines or messages about your status in Michigan Service Scholars. You may get a phone call from us using this system. PLEASE DO NOT HANG UP! It’s important you hear the message. While you are all very important to us, it’s very hard to make 100 phone calls in a timely and efficient manner.
2 nd year of service
2nd Year of Service
  • Students may choose to participate in MSS for a second year.
  • Second year members are required to come to a training and provide the same materials as the first year.
  • You may only draw on the federal trust twice in your life. This means if you intend to do a full year of AmeriCorps, VISTA, NCCC, City Year, Teach for America, etc. you will not be able to receive the education award. You may be eligible for a stipend through these programs instead, but it is usually thousands of dollars less than the education award.
  • If you have questions about any of this, please contact us.
mcc resources
MCC Resources

member enrollment process
Member Enrollment Process

Please complete all paperwork and bring to the MCC staff. Do not forget the following:

  • Driver’s license or state ID card
  • Proof of citizenship (i.e. birth certificate/passport)
  • Member Application
  • Enrollment Survey
  • Completed Enrollment Workbook
  • Citizenship Certification


Part Time Prgm

Spell out MSS

First Date of Service: 11/1