AmeriCorps engages people 17 and older in service to their community. The Vista Program recruits those with 3 years experience (not required) for a one-year commitment to address issues related to poverty. During time of service a modest allowance is received every week. Health insurance is provided by the program. Housing and meals are not provided by the program. Participants receive $4,725, which can be used for student loan repayment and school tuition, or a cash stipend of $1,200. Find out more about getting involved with AmeriCorps by e-mailing questions call them Toll-Free at 1-800-942-2677.