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Impact Lake Charles AmeriCorps (ILCA) is a service learning program  that gives its members an opportunity to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of those that they serve.  Members of Impact Lake Charles AmeriCorps have an opportunity to assist with meeting the critical needs of our community by education individuals on various health and safety topics and providing much needed assistance with community service projects.
Impact Lake Charles AmeriCorps is supported by a grant from the Corporation for National Community Service, Volunteer Louisiana in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and sponsored by the City of Lake Charles.  Our program focuses primarily on providing health and safety education to the community. ILCA currently provides health and safety education to students in grades K-5 at six Lake Charles area elementary schools.
Members also provide education such as safe sleep and fire safety to adults in partnership with the Safe Sleep Task Force, Red Cross of SWLA, Lake Charles Fire Department and Safe Kids Lake Charles.  
Members receive training in many areas, which include but are not limited to First Aid/CPR, conflict resolution, team building, diversity appreciation and preparation for the work force.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Be at least 17 years of age;
  • Have a high school diploma a or agree to obtain a high school diploma by the end of the service term;
  • Have a GED or agree to obtain a GED by the end of the service term;
  • Demonstrate reading and writing skills through a literacy assessment;
  • Have letters of recommendation;
  • Have experience with children;
  • Be dependable;
  • Be a team player;
  • Have an excellent attitude;
  • Be a self-starter;
  • Have drive and determination;
  • Have a genuine concern for the well-being of children and our community; and
  • Be drug-free.
Impact Lake Charles AmeriCorps  has two categories of members ; minimum time members and reduced-half time members. Minimum time members are expected to serve at least 300 hours during their term of service and reduced half-time members are expected to serve at least 675 hours.
Terms of Service for 2018-2019 will be as follows: 
  •  September 4, 2018 -December 14, 2018
  • December 17, 2018 - May 3, 2019
  • May 20, 2019 - August 2, 2019

Living Allowance: Members are not employees of the City of Lake Charles and therefore do not receive an hourly wage. Members are also not eligible for unemployment benefits. 

  • Minimum time members can earn a living allowance totaling no more than $1610 for their term of service.
  • Reduced-half time members can earn a living allowance totaling no more than $3,810 for their term of service.
Segal Education Award: At the completion of the contract and the member's term of service, members are eligible to receive an education award.
  • Minimum time members are eligible for an education award of $1,289.95 at the completion of their contract.
  • Reduced-half time members are eligible for an educational award of $2,321.90 at the completion of the contract.

*** A member has 7 years from the date of completion of the term of service to use their education award.  Th education award may be used to pay for current education expenses or to make a payment on an existing student loan.***

 "It's time for you to make a difference in the Lake Charles community while learning skills that you will use for the rest of your life."

For information on becoming an AmeriCorps member click here.
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Esther Vincent,
Director of Community Development and Services

326 Pujo Street 5th Floor
Charles, LA 70601
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