Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Jesuit Volunteers commit themselves to working with people who are marginalized by society and to living in an apostolic community. JVs work for and with people who are homeless unemployed, refugees, people with AIDS, the elderly, street youth, abused women and children, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. JVC has become the largest Catholic lay volunteer program in the country. We welcome all women and men who are 21 or older, and have a college degree or applicable work experience. If you are interested in placements in the Northwest, visit Jesuit Volunteers Northwest. For placements in the East, Midwest, South, Southwest or internationally visit the website Jesuit Volunteers.
Peace Corps service is a life-defining leadership experience. Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource - its people. Volunteers serve in 76 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment. Peace Corps provides Volunteers with language, cross-cultural, and technical training. To be eligible for service, you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen. For more information go to the Peace Corps
Teach For America
Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools, and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting some of our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort. Currently, 3,500 corps members are teaching in over 1,000 schools in 22 regions across the country. Check out the website Teach For America
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with more than 3,000 non-profits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, more than 400,000 men and women have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation through their AmeriCorps service. Full-time members who complete their service earn an AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service. More information can be found at AmeriCorps
The Inner-City Teaching Corps
The Inner-City Teaching Corps (ICTC) is a non-profit education organization that transforms education and empowers children in the most undeserved areas of Chicago through the provision of outstanding teachers and innovative education programs. ICTC is a two-year program that places recent college graduates in the high-need classrooms of Chicago's urban schools. With the option to either live independently or in a faith-based community, as well as being able to teach in public, charter, and Catholic schools, ICTC teachers are in a unique position to choose a path that is best suited to support them. All teachers go through the same signature training done in partnership with Northwestern University's highly ranked School of Education and Social Policy, while also receiving ICTC's unparalleled one-on-one, in-classroom coaching multiple times per month from our Master Teacher Coaches. Once the two-year commitment is complete, teachers have the option to complete a Master's of Science in Education degree from Northwestern University, as well as having preferred access to our Alain Locke Fellows and ExSL New School Leadership Program. The combination of these elements provides participants with a distinctive path to leadership within urban education. Our staff, corps members, and alumni are all working hard to close the achievement gap. Click on ICTC for more information.
Additional Opportunities & Resources
The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University hosts a database of Fellowships, Internships, and Service Programs (FISP) which you can access here.
The Catholic Volunteer Program's RESPONSE directory is the largest and most comprehensive guide to Catholic and Christian volunteer programs available, accessible here.