Did you know that there are several opportunities to become an AmeriCorps member throughout the year? While most AmeriCorps programs in Ohio begin their service terms in the fall months, there are a few that have additional opportunities available throughout the year. AmeriCorps members are paid a modest living allowance and receive other benefits after successfully completing their service term, including the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award . Let’s take a moment to explore three programs that could be right in your own backyard! The Ohio Reading Corps members provide daily reading support in an assigned elementary schools. Members are be placed in a number of schools throughout the State of Ohio to provide hands-on activities in both small groups and one-on-one settings. High- quality training is provided by the Educational Service Center throughout the service term. Members can begin their service term at the beginning of the school year or right after the winter break. The AmeriCorps REVITALIZE team uses their service term to fight blight throughout the Youngstown neighborhoods. Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation works very hard to provide their AmeriCorps members with construction and landscaping experience through community service, which includes cleaning up and improving vacant properties and community spaces. Members serve approximately 40 hours per week for a three to six month service term, with an option to serve additional terms. The flexibility to start and stop your service term anytime throughout the year is definitely a bonus! Dayton Corps members are both university students and community members who are serving to make a difference through leadership development in the different neighborhoods, supporting out-of-school educational programming through the Metro libraries, and providing resources to those who are experiencing housing insecurity. Dayton Corps has great program support from both the Fitz Center at the University of Dayton and the City of Dayton to provide unique member engagement opportunities. When can you get involved? Dayton Corps has service terms available all year! The service terms range from three to twelve months with a commitment to serve at least 10 hours per week. Whether it’s tutoring kids or fighting blight, there is an AmeriCorps opportunity for you! To learn more, visit serve.ohio.gov/AmeriCorps/Programs .