In a recent study of AmeriCorps Alums conducted by the CNCS, it was revealed that not only do alums remain engaged in their communities long after they've left service, but they often commit their professional lives to service as well. The basis for the study was to understand the long-term impact and outcomes of national service participants in four areas: sense of community, development of career-oriented soft skills, career pathways, and civic engagement.
Through surveying 3772 alumni, and a secure data match with the National Student Clearinghouse, the study found that:
- AmeriCorps service is found to have a significant positive effect on civic engagement; respondents were more likely to engage in all community service activities asked about in the survey post-AmeriCorps compared to pre-AmeriCorps. There was also a positive effect seen on sense of community, cultural competency and measures of self-efficacy.
- The study found that AmeriCorps service had significant effects on alumni’s employment and career pathways. For example, AmeriCorps alumni are more likely to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher than the average American adult.