Orientation


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Member orientation should prepare members for their year of service. Orientation can help them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to "get the job done". A strong orientation will pay off in program outcomes, with members who know the purpose of their service and have the skills to accomplish program objectives. The AmeriCorps Member Orientation Checklist can be found on the following page.

Listed below are items the Commission mandates to be covered in the orientation of members:

  • Member rights and responsibilities
  • Specific skills and knowledge to perform service
  • Program's code of conduct
  • Prohibited Activities (attachment)
  • Allowed Activities (attachment)
  • Drug Free Workplace
  • Suspension and Termination Rules
  • Grievance Procedures
  • Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness Education
  • Specific Safety Procedures
  • Sensitivity to the Community
  • Introduction to National Service and AmeriCorps
  • Background Checks
  • My AmeriCorps Portal

Listed below are items the Commission strongly encourages to be included in the orientation of members:

  • National Service: The Big Picture (The AmeriCorps orientation video, "Getting Things Started" is a good tool to utilize)
  • The History of Service in America
  • AmeriCorps network of over 600 programs and over 40,000 members
  • Discussion of the AmeriCorps ethic
  • Importance of Getting Things Done
  • Meaning of the Community
  • Responsibilities that individuals have to themselves, their families, their community, and the nation
  • Program Rules, Regulations, and Benefits
  • Member Handbook
  • Benefits
  • Timesheets (emphasizing they must be signed by member and supervisor)
  • Living Allowance
  • Staff and member roles
  • Understanding the Objectives of the program and how to collect data
  • Have members fill out National Trust Enrollment Forms
  • Enroll eligible members in Health Care/Childcare

AmeriCorps Member Orientation Checklist

Program Year:

Program Name:

Program Director:

Member Name:

Were the following points covered in the member's orientation:

  • Specific skills and knowledge to perform service
  • Member rights and responsibilities
  • Program's Code of Conduct
  • Prohibited Activities
  • Drug Free Workplace
  • Suspension and Termination Rules
  • Grievance Procedures
  • Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness Education
  • Specific Safety Procedures
  • Sensitivity to the Community
  • Introduction to National Service and AmeriCorps
  • Background checks
  • Member benefits
  • Member wage garnishment
  • My AmeriCorps Portal
  • Loan Forbearance Form
  • Interest Accrual Form
  • Education Award

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