AARP is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Public Allies to help make communities more livable and inclusive so people of all ages can thrive.
An AmeriCorps program, Public Allies works to advance social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership capacities of young people to “bring communities together to work for the common good.”
Developed with support from AARP, the new Livable Communities Corps will be implemented by Public Allies in five regions (see the sidebar) to create safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.
The initiative is looking for 10 motivated individuals to make a 10-month, full-time commitment. Each will be tasked to deliver a defined livability project that has a measurable impact on building the organizational and administrative capacity of a community's livability work.
Individuals of all ages, backgrounds and experiences are welcome to apply.
- Candidates must be available to serve full-time from mid-March to December 2020
- Applications are due February 14, 2020
In return for their service, Livable Communities Corps members will receive:
- A modest living allowance
- Health benefits
- Childcare support
- A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or stipend upon the completion of service
- Personal coaching, support and leadership development training
Livable Communities Corps members generally will not provide direct services. Instead, their duties may include partnership development, building and designing community programs, recruiting and training volunteers, and launching new and innovative projects.
Corps members will serve at different sites around the country and meet virtually once a week for Public Allies-led leadership development training, mentoring, coaching and support in achieving personal and professional goals.