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Building Connections to Prevent Violence

Research shows that healthy relationships with positive, caring adults can help young people reduce risky behavior and violence. As members of the Imagine Justice AmeriCorps team, you will receive the training, coaching and support you need to form strong bonds with youth most likely to be impacted by violence, and support them to grow into successful, healthy, and safe members of our community, 

Applications open for the 2024-25
AmeriCorps team on April 1, 2024. 

The Imagine Justice AmeriCorps team is a career pathway for individuals who share the identities and experiences of court-connected youth to serve as community leaders in youth development and juvenile justice system transformation. These emerging community leaders provide critical support to youth in Pierce County through service at partner organizations.


The Imagine Justice Project is one of many AmeriCorps programs across the United States. AmeriCorps members are national service volunteers. They serve in time-limited terms in over 2,000 organizations in over 40,000 locations. Nationally, AmeriCorps members support a variety of efforts from youth development, to environmental stewardship, and disaster preparedness. By joining AmeriCorps, you are committed to improving lives and strengthening communities through service.

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To be eligible for AmeriCorps service with the Imagine Justice Project you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Age 18 or older upon start of service term

  • High School Diploma or equivalent upon start of service term, OR agree to obtain diploma or equivalent prior to using Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

  • US Citizen or permanent resident

  • Commitment to building skills and knowledge related to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Ability to travel to service site(s) as well as other training or activity locations across Pierce County


The Imagine Justice Project values individuals with lived experience that relates to the clients and communities we serve. All AmeriCorps positions are subject to the National Service Criminal History Check (NSCHC) process. Applicants who do not consent or provide false information are not eligible to serve in an AmeriCorps position. Additionally, any applicant who has been convicted of murder, or who is registered or required to be registered on any sexual offender registry will also be disqualified from any AmeriCorps service position.

Certain positions have additional requirements and criminal history stipulations. Please refer to position descriptions for more information,


We partner with a variety of community organizations to host Imagine Justice AmeriCorps team members. AmeriCorps members serve at one primary site, and also participate in trainings and activities with the Imagine Justice AmeriCorps team. While each of the host site organizations offer different AmeriCorps member activities and responsibilities, all positions are centered around serving youth or young adults. Full and part time positions are available.

Click the Logos Below to View Position Descriptions

Alchemy Skatebarding
Buildng Beyond the Walls
Big Homie Program
Communties In Schools Tacoma
Fly Start Foundation
Consejo Counseling
Hilltop Artists
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Our Sisters' House
Brotherhood RISE Center
Tacoma Boat Builders
Vibrant Schools
Write 253
Yong Business Men of Washingon
Your Money Matters Mentoring


AmeriCorps members build skills and professional experience while strengthening communities and making the difference in the lives of youth and young adults in Pierce County. They have access to a variety of benefits during and following their service term:

  • Living allowance during service (approximately $2,000/month for fulltime position) 

  • Education award of approximately $7,400 for successful completion of service term

  • Healthcare insurance during service

  • Member assistance program benefits during service

  • Childcare assistance during service for eligible members

  • Optional student loan forbearance

  • Personal and professional development coaching, with a focus on youth development and social justice


There are lots of options to serve with the IJP AmeriCorps Team in the 2023-24 program year.  This includes full and part time positions, with start dates ranging from late August 2023 through early April 2024. 

Pay Chart


  • Apply: The application process begins with filling out this application form, or by clicking the "Apply to Join AmeriCorps" button below.

  • Application Meeting: After you submit your application form, our team will reach out to you, usually in 1-3 business days, to schedule your initial application meeting. This meeting takes about 30 minutes. We will go over details of the program and determine which host site organizations might be the best fit for you.

  • Interview: After your initial application meeting, you will have an interview with one or more host site organizations. If both you and the host site organization think it is a good fit, then you will move into enrollment.

  • Enroll: The enrollment process includes your criminal history screening and registration with the national AmeriCorps portal. During this time, we collect information needed for payroll and healthcare enrollment if you opt-in to coverage. We also make sure you have all the information you need to be prepared for orientation.

  • Orientation: Member orientation marks your first official day of service, and takes place before you begin at your host site organization. It focuses on training, team building, and setting you up for a successful service term. Our 2024 orientation begins Tuesday, August 20th, 2024 at 10:00 am. 

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