Requirements for HIPPYCorps Membership
- Be U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (proof can include N-560, N-561, N-570, I-551, OR I-90)
- Be a current or former parent of a preschool child and a resident of targeted or surrounding community
- Be a minimum of 18 years old
- Have functional oral and written communication skills including reading, writing and arithmetic, in the language of the families being served by the member
- Have leadership abilities, emotional maturity, sensitivity to the targeted community and be able to complete tasks on time
- Have served no more than one year with an AmeriCorps program and completed that year successfully.
HIPPYCorps Member Agreements:
- Complete the minimum number hours as specified in the Position Information section of the Service Agreement.
- Attend weekly role play and periodic training.
- Develop and support volunteerism at the HIPPY elementary school by connecting HIPPY parents and community members to volunteer opportunities.
- Inform parents of volunteer opportunities at the school
- Connecting school officials with HIPPY parents
- Organizing activities with parents and children to get more involved
- Maintain accurate timesheets and all other reporting documents as required by HIPPY and AmeriCorps
- Member will not have recurring access to vulnerable populations without proper clearance through NSOPW, statewide criminal background check, and FBI-Fingerprinting. If recurring access to vulnerable populations is required prior to clearance, members will be accompanied by an individual that has received clearance.
Benefits of AmeriCorps Membership:
- Earn money for college: Serve one year as a part time member and receive a $2775.00 education award to pay college tuition and/or qualifying student loans. At quarter time member will receive $1468.00. A full time member will receive $5500.00.
- Career and life skills: AmeriCorps members receive valuable training during their term of service. This training assists them in pursuing their personal career goals.
- Student loan forbearance: AmeriCorps members that have existing student loans are eligible to postpone payments during their service year. In addition, any interest that accrues during the term of service can be paid for by AmeriCorps.
- Additional terms of service: AmeriCorps members are eligible to earn a maximum of 2 full time education awards.
Successful Completion of the Program
- All AmeriCorps members have a minimum number of hours to achieve based on the position he/she is enrolled
- Full Time (FT) member – 1700 hours
- Half Time (HT) member – 900 hours
- Quarter Time (QT) member – 450 hours
- Note: Hours cannot start accruing before the start date indicated on the service agreement.
- All members must fulfill their responsibilities to the host agency and the HIPPY program.
- All members must complete HIPPYCorps orientations and trainings.
- Term of Service
- All members will serve throughout the time period specified on this Service Agreement
- Should a member not achieve the minimum hours by Service Agreement end date, he/she will have until August 31 to complete any remaining hours without the in-service benefits.
- Members must be in contact with the Texas HIPPY State Office prior to exiting the program early OR at program completion
Essential Functions and Position DescriptionIn order to complete the program successfully, duties of the HIPPYCorps member are as follows (with or without reasonable accommodations):
1. Maintain a caseload of HIPPY families (average caseload is 15) as assigned by the HIPPY Coordinator, who will receive a combination of weekly home visits or group meetings over a period of 30 weeks.
2. Meet weekly with the HIPPY Coordinator to role play upcoming curriculum and prepare for home visits, group meetings, and community service activities. This will take a minimum of 3 hours per week.
3. Assist in the planning and execution of group meetings for HIPPY parents, as facilitated by the HIPPY Coordinator.
4. Develop and support a volunteer infrastructure at the HIPPY location by connecting HIPPY parents and community members to volunteer opportunities.
5. Provide a volunteer orientation for HIPPY parents.
6. Participate and attend Texas HIPPY trainings, events, and service projects.
7. Maintain accurate timesheets and all other reporting as required by HIPPY and AmeriCorps
8. Member must complete the required criminal background checks and receive proper clearance through NSOPW, statewide criminal background repository, and FBI-Fingerprinting.
9. Member will not have recurring access to vulnerable populations without proper clearance through NSOPW, statewide criminal background check, and FBI-Fingerprinting. If recurring access to vulnerable populations is required prior to clearance, members will be accompanied by an individual that has received clearance.
10. Complete the minimum number hours as specified in the Position Information section of the Service Agreement.
11. Attend weekly role play and periodic training.
Additional Terms of ServiceThe member understands that eligibility for an additional term of service will be evaluated annually based on at least a mid term and an end of term evaluation focusing on factors:
1. Completed the required number of hours;
2. Satisfactorily completed assignments, tasks, or projects; and
3. Met any other criteria that were clearly communicated both orally and in writing at the beginning of the term of service.
**The member understands, however, that mere eligibility for an additional term of service does not guarantee selection or placement.**
- Members must participate in regularly scheduled HIPPYCorps events.
- Responsible use of travel funds and accurate reporting of travel expenses is required. Travel cancellation costs may be charged to the member.
- Member must provide Texas HIPPYCorps with a monthly accounting of service and training hours, certified and signed by the program coordinator or program partner.
Violations of Rules of Conduct will be handled according to the regulations of the local sponsoring agency.
Commitment to Disaster Relief and National ServiceIn the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may occasionally need to deploy to an affected area (in-state or out-of-state) to participate in response or recovery operations for up to 60 days. During this time, service hours spent in response to that event may be counted towards the total required member hours of a given member. Any given member will spend no more than 120 days on disaster related activities in a given member year without the prior consent of the OneStar Foundation unless otherwise specified in the program’s approved grant and program design (in the case of programs with a Disaster focus area).
Suspenion/Release from Terms of ServiceThe Member understands that s/he may be placed on paid probation, temporarily suspended (unpaid leave) or permanently released from their term of service for the following four reasons:
- Violations of code of conduct or Prohibited Activities
- Chronic tardiness or unauthorized absences
- Compelling personal circumstances (injury, illness in Member or immediate family; drafted by armed services; other circumstances deemed compelling by the Texas HIPPYCorps Initiative).
- For Cause. A release for cause encompasses any circumstances other than compelling personal circumstances that warrant a member’s release from completing a term of service. This includes conviction of a violent felony or the sale, possession, or distribution of a controlled substance, enrolling in school or taking another job thus leaving the program. The Grantee will then suspend the member without any AmeriCorps benefits, including living allowance, and without receiving credit for hours missed.
**Members must be in contact with the Texas HIPPY State Office prior to exiting**
The member understands that s/he must be placed on suspension if either of the following occurs:
- S/he faces an official charge of a violent felony or sale or distribution of a controlled substance, and/or
- S/he is convicted of the possession of a controlled substance
If the member discontinues his/her term of service for any reason other than "compelling personal reasons", the Member will receive no portion of the education award. If the member discontinues for "compelling personal reasons" but has completed at least 15% of the required hours, the member will receive a prorated portion of the education award.