Arizona Department of Corrections AmeriCorps Program

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ADCRR AmeriCorps program at MRC recently lent a helping hand by volunteering at Spaces of Opportunity community garden. They took up shovels and worked in the fields in addition to painting bricks with a numbering system that identifies the rows.They finished off their day of service by removing trash and weeds from the perimeter of the garden.

 

ADCRR Maricopa and Pima Reentry Centers recently welcomed their newest AmeriCorps members. They are eager to begin service to their communities. Pictured with the group is MRC Site Manager Dr. M. McGlynn.

 


About Us

AmeriCorps Members provide instruction to inmates within 6 months of release throughout the state prison complex system and reentry centers. AmeriCorps Members work in teams to support the Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry teachers and Correction Officers in educating inmates preparing to exit the state prison complex and re-enter their communities.

Through educational programs for inmates such as: release and reintegration, instruction in changing offender behavior, money management, basic education, literacy, substance abuse treatment, community resources, money management and parenting for inmates AmeriCorps members aid in expanding the Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry's capacity to provide services to inmates. AmeriCorps Members help better prepare them for obtaining and maintaining legitimate employment upon re-entry and reducing recidivism rates.

 

Mission

To aid in reducing recidivism by 25% in 10 years by providing inmates with the knowledge and resources needed to be successful upon release.

 

What is AmeriCorps and where do AmeriCorps Members serve?

The Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry AmeriCorps Program is a program of the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. CNCS engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps Members serve in select state prison complexes and reentry centers throughout Arizona with programs such as: 
 

Second Chances: Reentry

 

Second Chances: Education

 

 

Locations

Arizona State Prison Complexes

Douglas- Douglas, AZ 85607

Eyman- Florence, AZ 85132

Florence- Florence, AZ

Lewis- Buckeye, AZ 85326

Perryville- Goodyear, AZ 85395

Phoenix- Phoenix, AZ 85008

Safford- Safford, AZ 85546

Tucson- Tucson, AZ85734

Winslow- Winslow, AZ 86047

Yuma- San Luis, AZ 85349

Reentry Centers

Maricopa Reentry Center- Phoenix, AZ 85027

Pima Reentry Center- Tucson, AZ 85713

Service locations are determined based on the need of the location and distance for the AmeriCorps Member


 

Stories of Service

Two recent AmeriCorps members at Perryville had a tremendous impact on their students. Data shows both assisted in academic growth, averaging an increase of 4.2 grade levels and student’s pass rates increased by an average of 11.6%!


ADOCRR AmeriCorps Program/AmeriCorps Phoenix and Tucson members participated in the national AmeriCorps Week on Wednesday March 11, 2020 by volunteering for a day at the CASS shelter in Phoenix and at the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse in Tucson. Pictured is S. Elliott at the Tucson location sorting items in their supply room.


The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marked the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.  ADCRR AmeriCorps Program/AmeriCorps Phoenix members joined forces with various volunteer groups by helping paint the house of a disabled Veteran.  In Tucson, our AmeriCorps members helped expand a farm and community garden.


Recent AmeriCorps members taught offenders money management skills at Maricopa Reentry Center. Their students learned the importance of savings accounts, budgets and paying bills from a checking account, among other things.

Making a difference in how offenders cope with drugs and alcohol, AmeriCorps member Klinkner taught Maricopa Reentry Center offenders several classes on Drug and Alcohol Education. He hopes his students make positive choices as they transition back to their daily lives.



Join

Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry AmeriCorps Program needs you!

Quarter Time AmeriCorps Program Members - 450 hours over a six month term:
Click here to learn how to apply!

AmeriCorps Team Leaders- 900 hours

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or legal permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Ability to commit to described term of service
  • Desire to serve in a prison environment and teach inmates
  • Ability to pass multiple background checks, drug and alcohol test

Benefits

  • Earn a Living Allowance
  • Education Award upon completion of service to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, certificate programs, or repay student loans
  • Student loan deferment
  • Skills and training
  • Potential career opportunities
  • Serving your country and giving back
  • Potential to serve and earn internship hours for college programs**

 

Apply to Serve

Submit your resume at  azstatejobs.azdoa.gov 

Keyword: AmeriCorps

 AND

Apply online at  my.americorps.gov

Select Arizona Department of Corrections as the Program

What steps would I take to be considered?

The process can take up to 2-3months

What happens if I make it to Step 5 and I am selected?

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the State of Arizona’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other status protected by law. All individuals are to be treated in a fair and non-discriminatory manner throughout the employment process.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The State of Arizona follows the ADA, as amended, by ensuring equal employment opportunities for qualified persons with disabilities and by providing employees, visitors, and contractors with equal access to facilities, programs, and services. For additional assistance, contact your agency’s Human Resources office.