Your stipend and local benefits
Learn more about your bi-weekly stipend and the various benefits awarded to City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members – both during and after service.
Plan & prepare
By prioritizing and planning, you can live in Baton Rouge on your City Year stipend. The information and resources below will help you prepare for your year (or two) of service.
As a City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps member, you’ll receive a stipend of $1,122 (pre-tax), paid on a bi-weekly basis throughout their service year. Note: The first stipend payment is typically deposited after the first two to three weeks of service, and then payments are received every other Friday during the active term of service. AmeriCorps members are encouraged to budget and plan ahead to support themselves financially for those first weeks of service.
City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members may be eligible for SNAP/food stamps benefits while in service. Many AmeriCorps members utilize this service to help supplement their stipend. Eligibility is not guaranteed and will be determined by the state/local agency after applying. We’ll provide income/employment verification to support AmeriCorps members who are interested in this benefit. Participation is optional and not a requirement for service.
In addition to your stipend, you’ll also receive health insurance, access to Employee Assistance and Talkspace Therapy programs, as well as relocation support.
In addition to national benefits, we also have a pantry with various home, clothing and food resources AmeriCorps members may need.
Your student loans may be eligible for forbearance
You may be eligible to have the repayment of a qualified student loan temporarily postponed while you are serving. While a loan is in forbearance, the individual is not required to make payments. Learn more on the AmeriCorps’ website to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.
Whether you are relocating or a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, you will benefit by having a housing plan in place before service begins.