Campus Compact – Education
Direct Service versus Member Development Hours
In acknowledgement of the importance of training and reflection in providing community service, the AmeriCorps
Program allows for an 80%:20% ratio between Direct and Member Development service provided by Members.
Direct Service (at least 80% of hours)
Direct service is working directly with K-12 students to improve academic engagement or doing work that is
involved in making change. For example, if the Member is serving in an elementary school, the time spent with
students (tutoring, mentoring, class instruction) counts as direct service. Also, any time spent on activities
that directly affect student learning at that school counts as direct service even if the Member is not in contact
with the students. This many include preparing lesson plans, parent-teacher conferences, assembling materials
for instruction or activities or coordinating field trips.
Member Development (no more than 20% of hours)
Member development includes activities that improve the Member’s ability to perform direct service, including
skill building, training and reflection. These hours may include coursework or studies that relate to the Member’s
service project, supervision hours with a lead teacher or site supervisor discussing the project, in-service training
and workshops or conferences related to the service project. The initial orientation to the Compact Service Corps
program also counts toward Member development hours as well as the time spent completing monthly time sheets,
project accomplishments, and statistical information.