AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program
The AVAP Program is expanding their 2014-2015 program year and is looking to hire 4 more AVAPs! If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, the application can be found here. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Beginnings greatly values the work of AVAP members who advocate for and empower those affected by domestic, sexual, and stalking violence in Belknap County.
Mission of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program
The AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program (AVAP) is a multi-agency collaboration designed to address critical service needs in our communities and justice systems by ensuring services and education are available to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking throughout New Hampshire, and promoting community service and a lifetime commitment to volunteerism.
Members of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program are placed throughout New Hampshire at crisis centers, police departments, prosecutor offices, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, child advocacy centers, and on college and university campuses to offer support and information to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking. Read more about what AVAP members do here.
AVAP is part of AmeriCorps, a national service program that offers opportunities to Americans who are interested in making a substantial commitment to serve their country through national service.
How to apply to become an AmeriCorps member
The AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program is made up of full and part-time domestic and sexual violence advocates. Each January AVAP seeks candidates for positions to begin in September. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to community service and have an interest in the areas of domestic and sexual violence and stalking. We encourage people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. No prior experience or degree required.
- At least 18 years of age
- Must commit to a year of service
- Ability to work independently with limited supervision
- Ability to remain non-judgmental and be open-minded
- High level of maturity and ability to work as a team player
- Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and auto insurance (some sites do not require)
- Weekly living allowance
- Health insurance
- Childcare (if eligible)
- Education award
- Student Loan forbearance and loan interest accrual coverage
- Excellent training, transferable skills, and great networking experience
*Benefits are available to full-time members. Some benefits are prorated for part-time members
If accepted into the program, an extensive two week training in September prepares members for their site placements in the community. Members receive additional training once a month throughout the year.