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Americorps at AFC

AmeriCorps is a federal program that engages individuals in a year of public service to address critical community problems in the areas of education, public safety, the environment and other human needs. Since 1994, the AIDS United AmeriCorps Program has trained and supported more than 650 youth and adult members to help them become leaders in the community and support initiatives at HIV/AIDS-focused organizations.


AFC partners with AIDS United to administer this HIV/AIDS AmeriCorps program. As the operating site for the city of Chicago, AFC recruits and interviews prospective AmeriCorps members from the end of January to the beginning of June. After eight members are selected, AFC places each participant with an agency that matches their area of interest and skill. The program begins with an orientation and training seminar, followed by an 11-month service commitment with a Chicago-based, HIV/AIDS-focused organization.

AFC places AmeriCorps members at the following host agencies:

  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Bonaventure House
  • Broadway Youth Center
  • Chicago House
  • Erie Family Health Center
  • Healthcare Alternative Systems
  • Howard Brown Health Center
  • The Night Ministry

Do you have a service opportunity that could utilize nine energetic and awesome members? The AFC AmeriCorps Team is always seeking unique and creative opportunities to serve our Chicago communities. Please contact Riley Smith, team coordinator, at 312-334-0982 or rsmith@aidschicago.org.