College and Graduate Students

Pursuing a career in education, counseling, psychology, social work, speech-language pathology, or youth services?

  • Gain hands-on experience and extensive training in youth services, counseling, psychology, and support and/or tutoring services for students.
  • Earn a living allowance and apply your education award to qualified student loans.
  • Receive credit hours towards fieldwork or practicum requirements (depending on your academic program).
  • Continue to build your resume while you attend school.
Grad students in classroom

Community Members and Over 55

Want to get involved with the Springfield community?

  • Feel great about providing counseling, support, and/or tutoring services to students.
  • Gain hands-on experience and extensive training in youth services, counseling, psychology, and support and/or tutoring services for students.
  • Earn a living allowance and apply your education award to qualified student loans.
  • Over 55? Help your children or grandchildren pay for college. Learn more about transferring your education award.
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Retired Educators

Do you miss working directly with students?

  • Come back and do what you love.
  • Feel great about providing counseling, support, and/or tutoring services to students.
  • Help your children or grandchildren pay for college. Learn more about transferring your education award.
  • Create connections and build relationships with school and community partners.
  • Explore and develop new skills.
Professor with students

High School Graduates

Want or need to take a year off from school or attend school part time?

  • Explore a possible career or area of interest.
  • Gain hands-on experience and extensive training in youth services, counseling, psychology, and support and/or tutoring services for students.
  • Earn a living allowance and apply your education award once you have qualified student loans. The education award is valid for seven years.
  • Create connections and build relationships with school and community partners.
  • Start your professional resume with a year of service.
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As a member of the Springfield College AmeriCorps program, you'll live and share the Springfield College Humanics philosophy, engaging in service that meets the critical educational needs of Springfield youth. 

Through the Massachusetts Reading Corps and School Turnaround Initiative programs, you can serve in Springfield schools and early education centers (grades PreK through 12), where you can facilitate interventions targeting risk factors that lead to dropping out of school, including poor early literacy skills, low attendance, behavioral/disciplinary issues, and course failure in English and math.

Our program offers resources to help you succeed in these environments. We provide extensive training and support around evidenced-based practices and interventions in education and literacy, ensuring that members have a meaningful service experience that positively impacts the academic success of children in Springfield.

And, there are plenty of ways you can make your mark. You can serve part-time, completing 900 hours as a student support specialist, literacy tutor, or LACES academic coach, or full-time, completing 1,700 hours as a literacy tutor. 

So, how can you become involved? AmeriCorps members are selected and placed based on previous experience, academic program, and applicable skills.

AmeriCorps member reading to students
Massachusetts Reading Corps

Through the Massachusetts Reading Corps, AmeriCorps members can become literacy tutors who work in public and private PreK classrooms throughout the Springfield, Mass., area. Literary tutors help develop children’s early literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten.

Kara Vicalvi aiding a student in the classroom
School Turnaround Initiative

Within the School Turnaround Initiative, AmeriCorps members like you can become student support specialists, working to provide school counseling, academic coaching and support, and social-emotional reinforcement to Springfield students in chronically low-performing elementary, middle, and high schools.

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in Education

Our community service is award winning.

Springfield College is the recipient of the Presidential Award in the Education category of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. 

Students on Humanics in Action Day

Reasonable accommodations are provided for persons with documented disabilities on the basis of need. Reasonable accommodations are available for applicants during the interview process and for members at their service sites.

Explore Americorps at Springfield College