& benefits

the complete package

Accelerating educational equity also comes with some perks and benefits. 

Here are the top five reasons to serve with Saga. 

Saga Education provides a living stipend to all AmeriCorps members for their 10.5-month term of service (August-June). The stipend amount varies by city, term of service, and whether you serve in-person or remotely. All stipends are paid on a bi-weekly basis and are advertised pre-tax. All stipends are subject to state and federal income tax.

  • Remote AmeriCorps Members will receive a living stipend of $26,000.
  • In-Person AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend of 30,000.

Those serving in-person are also eligible to receive a one-time, $500 relocation assistance allowance if relocating over 50 miles to serve. Additionally, at the end of completing their term of service, AmeriCorps members will receive an end-of-year completion award of $3,000. This is prorated based on the start date. All in-person AmeriCorps members also receive compensation in the form of a paid public transit pass, as requested.

Saga offers all AmeriCorps members a comprehensive and holistic benefits and wellness package. 

  • Eligibility to Apply for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • 100% Employer Paid Comprehensive Benefits Package, including Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Opt-In Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Opt-In Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Pre-Tax Transit and Parking Plan
  • 7 Personal Paid Days Off and Paid School District Holidays and Extended Breaks
  • Access to Apply for SNAP Benefits
  • Company Provided Technology
  • Optional Loan Deferment or Forbearance
  • Discounts through ADP LifeMart, including Pet Insurance Discounts
  • Access to Non-Profit and Teacher Residency Partnerships
  • Professional and Leadership Development
  • Access to the Saga Alumni Network
  • Access to the AmeriCorps Alumni Association
  • Diverse and Inclusive Work Environment
  • Saga 360 Wellness Program, with monthly challenges and prizes for taking care of YOU
  • Employee Assistance Program, with access to financial counseling, counseling services, and more

As members of the AmeriCorps program, AmeriCorps members with Saga Education are eligible to earn the Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,895) at the completion of their service year, which can be applied toward future or existing, qualified student loans. It can also be used to pay for other forms of education and eligible training programs. Additionally, over 100 colleges and universities nationwide augment the Segal Education Award in some way, including matching AmeriCorps members’ award amount, waiving registration fees, course credits, or service scholarships.

AmeriCorps members over 55+ years of age at the time of enrollment into their term of service are also eligible to transfer the award to a child, foster child, or grandchild!

During their service with us and as AmeriCorps members, qualified student loans are eligible for forbearance or deferment. You may also request the accrued interest be paid by the National Service Trust. 

Continue reading more on this great benefit here.

Saga Education promotes the Intentional development of safe spaces for all identities. We want you to show up as your authentic self. All AmeriCorps members have open access to Saga’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) committee, where they can participate in and help to plan monthly DEIB events.

AmeriCorps members receive pre-service training and continuous observation, feedback, and professional development throughout their ten and a half months of service. Training related to the education field focuses on work orientation, best-practice tutoring strategies, lesson planning, tutorial management, curriculum structures, cultural sensitivity, and how to build relationships with students and the school community. Our AmeriCorps members also grow in the following career readiness skills:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Feedback Implementation
  • Relationship Building
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Decision-Making
  • Time-Management