2019-2020 Term of Service and Living Allowance & Education Award:
Upon successful completion of service members receive an Education Award that may be used for qualified educational expenses or payment of qualifying student loans. The Education Award may be considered taxable income in the year that it is used. For more information about using the Education Award, click here.
Members may be eligible to place qualified student loans into “Forbearance based on national service.” For more information visit here.
If you are thinking about consolidating loans, please note that consolidation might have an impact on forbearance based on national service, as only qualifying federally backed loans qualify. For more information about consolidation, visit here.
Training and Skill Building:
Throughout the service year members participate in training and skill building opportunities sponsored by VYDC, their host site, and SerVermont (Vermont’s service commission). Training topics might include the following: positive youth development theory, youth counseling, experiential learning, cultural diversity, grant writing & fundraising, volunteer management, and career development. In addition to the experience gained at their service sites, members also create agendas and run team meetings, as well as plan and lead 2 presentations.
Health Care Coverage:
The program provides health care coverage to fulltime members. Basic health care coverage is currently offered to AmeriCorps members through the Corps Network. For more information visit here.
VYDC is a federally funded, non-partisan program. Member services focuses on building community- based youth programs, and members serve as role models of civic engagement. Federal law prohibits certain activities during service time. So, to ensure federal compliance and to maintain neutrality that allows all youth and adult community members to feel comfortable participating and/or supporting VYDC member led programs and initiatives, members must comply with all prohibited activities. The following activities are prohibited during service hours: lobbying, protests, union activity, religious proselytizing, voter registration, partisan political activity, and providing abortion services or referrals. For full list and description, visit here.