Welcome to the Tribal AmeriCorps Program (TAP)

Since 2009, the Tribal AmeriCorps Program (TAP) has been facilitated by the Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc. (NiiJii).

The Tribal AmeriCorps Program 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:

  • Develop and implement prevention activities
  • Engage with youth and community members
  • Help build community capacity and strategies that improve the substance abuse environment in their communities

 

TAP Members have a unique opportunity to expand their personal and professional skills and effect meaningful change in their community.

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Become a TAP Member

Applicants for the Tribal AmeriCorps Program positions must:

  • Be willing to serve the duration of the term of service - usually a minimum of 1,700 hours per year, averaging approximately 35 to 40 hours a week.  Part time positions may be available, as we're recruiting for the current year which ends August 31, 2021.
  • Accept the financial commitment made by 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.

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.

TAP Members receive a living allowance of approximately $549 (gross) every two weeks for full time work during their term of service thru August 31, 2021.  Other benefits include free service gear, medical healthcare insurance (premium paid by NiiJii) and childcare assistance (if qualified).

Upon successful completion of the term of service, TAP Members receive a $6,000 educational award. 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.

Tribal AmeriCorps Members are overseen by Host Site Supervisors and provided with regular support and direction from the Tribal AmeriCorps Program staff.

Become a Host Site

The Tribal AmeriCorps (TAP) has exclusively served the Tribal Nations of Wisconsin since 2009. During this time, TAP has maintained 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 an independent federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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.

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.