Welcome to the Tribal AmeriCorps Program (TAP)
The Tribal AmeriCorps Program began in the Sokaogon Chippewa Community in May 2010. Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc. (NiiJii) became the fiscal agent in 2013, and has facilitated the Program since that time.
The Tribal AmeriCorps Program (TAP) facilitates the placement of TAP Members with Host Sites throughout the 11 Tribal Nations in Wisconsin to address self-identified community needs.
Our goals are to strengthen the capacity of Host Sites and Tribal Coalitions, and assist TAP Members serving these organizations in achieving positive outcomes relating to substance abuse among youth, families and communities.
AmeriCorps Members address critical needs in communities all across America. TAP's goals also include:
- Getting Things Done: Members help communities solve problems in the areas of education, public safety, the environment and other human needs by serving directly and by getting other people to serve as volunteers.
- Encouraging Responsibility: Members explore and exercise their responsibilities to their communities, their families and themselves during their service experience and throughout their lives.
- Expanding Opportunity: TAP Members receive awards to further their education or pay back student loans. They also gain valuable job experience, specialized training and other skills.
TAP Members will:
- Help build community capacity and prevention strategies that improve the substance abuse environment in their communities
- Assist in developing and implementing prevention activities
- Engage with youth and community members
TAP Members have a unique opportunity to expand their personal and professional skills and effect meaningful change in their community.
Become a TAP Member
Applicants for the Tribal AmeriCorps Program positions must:
- Be willing to serve the duration of the term of service. Full-time is 1,700 hours per year, averaging approximately 34 hours a week. Part-time is 900 hours per year, averaging approximately 18 hours per week.
- Accept the service commitment when accepting the position.
- Be 18 years of age by the start of the contracted term.
- Possess a high school diploma or GED/HSED.
- Agree to a criminal background check and Department of Motor Vehicles check.
Please Note - the existence of criminal conviction or adjudication may not, depending on the circumstances, be grounds for non-enrollment. However, any intentional misrepresentation or omission will disqualify you.
For the 2021-2022 fiscal year (ending August 31, 2022), TAP Members will receive a living allowance of approximately $615 (gross) every two weeks for full time work, $307 for part time work) during their term of service.
Other benefits may include free service gear, healthcare insurance and childcare assistance (if qualified).
Upon successful completion of the term of service, TAP Members receive an education award of approximately $6,345. Educational awards may be used for loan repayment, future schooling costs and special educational opportunities.
Members have the option of serving up to four terms, may earn the equivalent of two full-time educational awards over their lifetime, and have up to seven years to utilize educational awards.
TAP Members are overseen by Host Site Supervisors and provided with regular support and direction from the TAP staff.
Become a Host Site
The Tribal AmeriCorps (TAP) has exclusively served the Tribal Nations of Wisconsin since 2009. We have worked to maintain a strong record of recruiting and retaining TAP Members and meeting performance measures.
TAP is one of a small handful of Tribal programs across the country funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
Our goals are to strengthen the capacity of Host Sites, and assist TAP Members serving their communities in achieving positive outcomes relating to substance abuse among youth, families and communities.
Host Sites may include:
- Tribal Programs and Departments
- Community Coalitions in Tribal Communities
- Organizations Serving Tribal Communities
Tribal communities know that culture is medicine, and we invite programs focused on culture to consider hosting a TAP Member.
Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) are accepted from Host Sites whose Tribal leadership has passed official Resolutions of Support that empower their local programs, departments and local coalitions to participate in TAP.