The Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program is a one-year placement that provides a unique opportunity for Fellows to apply their skills and gain real-life, place-based experience helping to increase equity, local resilience, and social capital. Main Street Fellows work directly with host organizations on high-priority, community-identified projects, while also contributing their own interests and energy to those communities.
As Maine contends with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to its existing economic and community development opportunities and challenges, the Main Street Fellows are integral to developing systems and strategies for a more resilient future. A central focus will be on increasing social capital, creating more welcoming and equitable communities, and sharing new mindsets and models needed for our communities to thrive.
The Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program provides support for host communities by:
- Strengthening capacity for economic and community development through asset identification and development, strategic planning and implementation, social capital building.
- Assisting in local research, planning, education, and technology projects.
The host communities selected to receive support from Main Street Fellows in 2021/22 include: Biddeford, Gardiner, Westbrook, Rockland, Ellsworth, and Skowhegan. Please apply here to be considered for the program as a whole, or see the individual community position postings for more details on each and apply to individual positions that interest you.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
- Professional development through custom trainings and mentorship.
- Health benefits are provided if Fellows are not already covered.
- Childcare allowance will be provided if the Fellow is eligible.
- Upon successful completion of the Fellow’s full-term of service, they will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award educational award in the amount of $6,195 in the National Service Trust.
- Upon enrollment and acceptance into the program, the Fellow is eligible for forbearance of any qualified federal student loans. For Fellows receiving forbearance on a qualified student loan during the term of service, the National Service Trust will repay a portion or all of the interest that accrued on the loan during the term of service if the Fellow successfully completes the term of service.
- Networking with other like-minded professionals and organizations.
- Complimentary registration to MDF events.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check