Partners for Education at Berea College

PartnerCorps Frequently Asked Questions

What is PartnerCorps?

PartnerCorps is vibrant team of AmeriCorps members committed to ensuring that young people graduate from high school ready for college and their careers.  PartnerCorps members are college graduates (either two or four year college graduates) who commit to serve for one year in Kentucky in Knox or Leslie counties. During the year, Members are located in a high school and serve as mentors, college advisors and family connectors. Each day, they arrive at school with the first students and remain at school until the last student leaves.

What skills and qualifications are you looking for?

First and foremost, we are looking for individuals that want to make a difference in the lives of our high school students.  Members must be interested in serving students in rural Kentucky. Strong communication skills are a must as is a desire to work with high school students.  Members must have a college degree – either an associate degree or bachelor’s degree.  We are looking for members from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Successful Members are passionate about engaging youth and transforming education in southeastern Kentucky.

How can I be a part of PartnerCorps?

PartnerCorps is now filling positions for the 2014-2015 school year. To apply, send an email with an attached resume and cover letter to partnercorps@berea.edu. In the cover letter, indicate whether you prefer to serve in Knox County or Leslie County, Kentucky.

Is PartnerCorps a job?

No, PartnerCorps is not a job.  PartnerCorps is a ten-month service commitment. PartnerCorps members gain extensive skills and experiences while making a difference in the lives of young people in rural Kentucky.

What benefits would I get as a PartnerCorps member?

PartnerCorps members serve for ten months and receive a living allowance each month ($1,210), some health care benefits, and, if eligible, childcare assistance.  At the end of the service period, Members receive an education award of approximately $5,500. In addition, members can apply to have their student loan payments suspended (put into forbearance) during their service period.

What is an education award?

Members earn an education award of $5,500 after they complete a full term of service. An education award can only be used to pay for post-secondary education or to repay student loans.  Members over the age of 55 can transfer their education awards to their children, their foster children, or their grandchildren.

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