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What Is Public Health AmeriCorps?

Public Health AmeriCorps is a new groundbreaking partnership between AmeriCorps and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention with the goal of addressing the impact of chronic illness, mental health or substance abuse and improving health equity. We are honored to be one of the 12 recipients across the nation chosen to help address community needs.

We are now tasked with recruiting AmeriCorps members who will serve a year with our organization filling gaps in our services as Program Assistants, Outreach Coordinators, Volunteer Coordinators, and HUGS Coordinators. View each position description by state at the links below.

California - Program Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator, HUGS Coordinator

South Carolina - Program Assistant, HUGS Coordinator

Texas - HUGS Coordinator

AmeriCorps members can choose to serve with either Signature Programs of Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Leeza’s Care Connection (LCC) or Helping U Grow Strong (HUGS). 

What does it mean to Serve a Year as an AmeriCorps Member?

Much like the PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps members spend a service term at a community organization (like our own), helping to fill a gap in our services! Our members service term lasts one year (but members can do up to 3 service terms). Our Public Health AmeriCorps program has service opportunities in SC, CA, and TX. While we can't speak for other programs, to us, "serving a year" means committing a year to giving back, improving health outcomes, getting things done, and gaining hands-on experience in the Public Health Field.

AmeriCorps members can choose to serve with either Signature Programs of Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Leeza’s Care Connection (LCC) and Helping U Grow Strong (HUGS). 

Our Members gain:

  • Work experience and the development of highly sought job skills (initiative, interpersonal and intercultural communication, adaptability, collaboration, and accountability)

  • Networking for career placement at all levels of the organization served, with partner organizations and throughout the community. Organizations often hire members after their term of service because they know what they’ve invested in the member and what they will be receiving

  • Build value in yourself and the position you serve. Members gain hands-on experience in the Public Health field, receive mentorship, and build on their abilty to take intiative, and not only manage, but lead tasks. They use their gifts and strengths to gift back and make and impact.

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HOW TO APPLY


1. Create an account on the MyAmeriCorps Portal. Link to create an account: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do

2. Search for our position listings under, the "Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation".

3. Submit an application to the position listing(s) you are most interested in.

For even more thorough instructions, check out this great guide for more information. https://americorps.gov/serve/americorps/americorps-nccc/join/guide#step1

*Please apply via desktop or laptop. Avoid applying on the My AmeriCorps Portal via mobile*

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Ongoing

If you have questions about the application process, contact our Program Assistant at victor@leezascareconnection.

SCHEDULE INFORMATION MEETING

Interested, but want to learn more? Register now for a one-on-one information meeting with our Program Director to ask questions and see if we're a good fit for you!     

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PREFERRED POTENTIAL SERVICE DATES:

Start January 2024 - End December 2025

Start May or September 2024 - End June or October 2025

If you are interested in starting off cycle, please reach out to cece@leezascareconnection.org.

PROGRAM COMMITMENT

1 Year Service Term / Full-Time | 1700 Hours

1 Year Service Term / Half-Time | 900 Hours

**The following positions must be full-time: HUGS Coordinator (All States), Program Assistant (CA), and Volunteer Coordinator (CA).

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States

  • Must have a minimum of a High School diploma or GED/HSED

  • Must be willing to serve for up to12 months and complete the full term of service

  • Members must accept position as a full-time priority over other jobs and must complete 1700 hours of service which is about a 35 hour workweek, some weekends for events Members

  • must be able to pass a criminal, FBI, NSOPW Background Check If selected, must attend required orientations and trainings

  • Members cannot leave at any time during the training sessions

BENEFITS

  • $17,600 Stipend, paid bi-weekly payroll for term of service/AmeriCorps service gear provided

  • Holidays: New Years Day, MLK Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day Thanksgiving Day, and the day after, Christmas Day, and vacation option

  • $6,895 education award upon successful completion of the term of service

  • Forbearance on qualified student loans and interest accrual payments while serving

  • Child Care assistance (if qualified)  Mileage reimbursement (work related only)

  • Option to be reimbursed up to $200 per month for health insurance or $200 towards your  housing costs

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Non-Discrimination Policy

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information and military service. 
We promise to provide an equal opportunity for all. LGMF Public Health AmeriCorps does not discriminate in any aspect of employment or service because of regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service or any other improper criterion. Whether in an organization's offices, campuses, or service-related settings such as service sites, training sessions, or service - or social-related social events, such discrimination is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
LGMF Public Health AmeriCorps programs insist on a service atmosphere that is free from intimidation, harassment, and discrimination. The program expects that all relationships among persons at the service site will be business-like and free of bias, prejudice, and harassment. Therefore, harassment of any kind by members or third persons will not be tolerated. This policy against harassment of any kind applies throughout our service environment, whether on-site, on assignments off-site, at program social events, or otherwise.
For these purposes, "harassment" includes, but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, and other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct relating to an individual's gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, for any other reason, when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's enrollment (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for enrollment decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive service environment.
Some examples of prohibited harassment include:
  • Verbal harassment, such as sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual propositions, or threats.
  • Non-verbal conduct such as displays of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, jeering, sexual touching, whistling or obscene gestures.
  • Insults, slurs, or ridicule relating to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, handicap, marital status, or disability.

In accordance with applicable laws and regulations, AmeriCorps prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based on the protected categories of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability (mental or physical), gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, genetic information (including family medical history), military service, or their submission of a complaint.
  • Retaliation is defined as the adverse actions taken against recipients for exercising their rights under federal law. Retaliation is prohibited against either an individual or a program. All programs administered by, or receiving, federal financial or service member/volunteer assistance from AmeriCorps must be free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.
  • Harassment is defined as any unwelcome conduct that is based on any of the protected categories or done in reprisal for opposing discrimination or participating in the discrimination complaint process, when such behavior has the purpose or effect of interfering with service performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive service environment. Harassment may include slurs and other verbal or physical conduct relating to an individual’s gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected category. 
    • Examples of harassing conduct include but are not limited to: explicit or implicit demands for sexual favors; pressure to engage in a romantic relationship or for dates; deliberate touching of another person without consent, leaning over, or cornering a person; repeated offensive teasing, jokes, remarks, or questions; unwanted letters, text messages, emails, or phone calls; distribution or display of offensive materials, including on social media; offensive looks or gestures; gender, racial, ethnic, or religious baiting. Harassment can also include physical assault or other threatening behavior; and demeaning, debasing, or abusive comments or actions that intimidate.
The LGMF PHA Program does not tolerate discrimination and harassment from anyone, including Recipients, AmeriCorps employees or supervisors, project or site employees and supervisors, project or site non-employees (e.g., contractors or clients of a project or site), or national service participants. 
Harassment is unacceptable in AmeriCorps' offices or campuses, and in other service-related settings such as convenings, training sessions, service sites, and at 2 250 E Street SW Washington, D.C. 20525 202-606-5000 / 800-942-2677 202-606-5000 / 800-942-2677 service-related social events (whether in person or online). Any discrimination or harassment, when substantiated, will result in corrective action up to and including removal or termination of any individual engaging in such misconduct. 
Any member who has a complaint of harassment about anyone, including supervisors, peers, program or site staff, or visitors, will immediately report this to two staff at AmeriCorps program Melissa Price (melissa@leezascareconnection.org) and Cece Rosopa (cece@leezascareconnection.org). No member will be subjected to retaliation by the program because they have reported what they believe to be harassment.
All complaints are promptly and thoroughly investigated. LGMF will meet with the complaining member, the accused member, and any witnesses. LGMF will discuss the results of the investigation with the complaining and accused members and will take appropriate corrective action to remedy all violations of this policy, including disciplinary measures when appropriate. 

*All of our Non-Discrimination Policy compliance history is available upon request.

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