Americorps works all over the country to help young people gain valuable experience through volunteering. The Peoria chapter, Peoria Corps, helps young people in the community to improve job skills before taking on life changes like a new career, college, or apprenticeships.
Saturday, Peoria Corps members could be found serving veterans lunch and helping out with yard work. Peoria Corps member Tyreese Jackson said the lessons learned through volunteering with the Corps are priceless. “It excites me. I love helping people and so that’s what were here for. And when we fed them today, I seen a smile on their faces and that really got me,” explained Jackson.
Peoria Corps is sponsored by the City of Peoria. It’s available for “young adults 17 and older.” Not only do they volunteer and develop valuable job skills, they also participate in classroom curriculum to practice soft skills like communication.
Peoria Corps members receive a bi-weekly living allowance and upon completion of 900 hours of service they qualify for a $3,000 scholarship through the National Service Trust.