Appendix I - AmeriCorps Focus Areas

The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by the Serve America Act, emphasizes measuring the impact of service and focusing on a core set of issue areas. In order to carry out Congress's intent and to maximize the impact of investment in national service, and to achieve the goals laid out in our Strategic Plan (2022-2026), AmeriCorps has the following Focus Areas:

  • Disaster Services
    Helping individuals and communities prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of disasters and increase community resiliency.
  • Economic Opportunity
    Improving the economic well-being and security of underserved individuals.
  • Education
    Improving educational outcomes for underserved people, especially children. AmeriCorps is particularly interested in program designs that support youth engagement and service learning as strategies to achieve high educational outcomes.
  • Environmental Stewardship
    Supporting communities to become more resilient through measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve land and water, increase renewable energy use and improve at-risk ecosystems, especially in underserved households and communities.
  • Healthy Futures
    Supporting for health needs within communities, including mitigating the impacts of COVID- 19 and other public health crises, access to care, aging in place, and addressing childhood obesity, especially in underserved communities.
  • Veterans and Military Families
    Improving the quality of life of veterans, military families, caregivers, and survivors.