Vermont Youth Development Corps (VYDC) Member Benefits

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VYDC AmeriCorps members "Get Things Done" for America. They build safer, stronger, healthier, and united communities across Vermont. AmeriCorps improves lives and fosters civic engagment when it matters the most.

There is a variety of way in which AmeriCorps is able to support members throughout their service, including an:

  • Education Award

  • Health Care Coverage

  • Loan Forbearance

  • Monthly Professional Training and Skill building

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.


2021-2022 Term of Service and Living Allowance & Education Award:

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


AmeriCorps provides help with childcare for qualified members. For more details, visit here.


Loan Forbearance:

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.