ways to volunteer

fafsa workshops

Assist CCS 12th graders, current college students, and parents with completing the FAFSA. Choose from various workshops held throughout the year from October 2016-June 2017.



Help us serve middle and high school families as they attend workshops to learn about college preparation and how to get their students college ready.

children’s book reader

Be a guest reader of I Know I Can’s self-titled book for
Columbus City Schools second graders in May.

office assistant

Answer phones for the main office, help file paperwork, miscellaneous secretarial work

Be A Volunteer

To become a volunteer, submit a volunteer application! We will take your application into consideration and get back to you in a timley manner.

AmeriCorps: getting things done

The IKIC AmeriCorps College Guides program places fresh college graduates in middle schools, high schools and Ohio college campuses to serve as mentors and advisors to Columbus City Schools students as they get ready for, get in and get through their postsecondary pursuits.

AmeriCorps members work alongside full-time IKIC advisors to ensure that students, especially typically underserved students – first-generation college-going, low-income and minority – get the information and knowledge they need and deserve to make educated decisions and plans for their future.

AmeriCorps College Guides commit to 1,700 hours of service over 11 months.
In return for their service, guides receive:

  • Significant training and valuable professional development, networking, guidance and support with career and graduate school goals;
  • compensation that includes a $12,530 living allowance and health insurance;
  • a $5,730 Education Award that can be used to repay qualified student loans or future education expenses. (Also, qualified federal student loans may be deferred for the duration of the 11-month term of service);
  • ample training, professional development and networking opportunities and a support system for your avenues of interest – graduate school, teacher licensure program, career building, etc.;
  • an overall great entry-level career experience.

IKIC AmeriCorps Members- Why is it Important to Serve? from I Know I Can on Vimeo.

ohio college guides

The Ohio College Guides, an AmeriCorps program administered by the Ohio College Access Network (OCAN) and hosted by 12 sites across Ohio in addition to I Know I Can, seeks to provide those additional hands in school districts who need them the most. The Ohio College Guides places recent college graduates into schools districts to serve alongside counselors and faculty in order to provide a pipeline of new and current information about the college-going-process and experience. Ultimately, Ohio College Guides strive to be caring adults committed to informing, encouraging, and motivating students to think seriously about the plans and goals that will lead them into an opportunity-rich future.


Ohio College Guides at I Know I Can enjoy:

  • Mentoring relationships with high-profile professionals of Columbus (check out our Board of Directors)
  • Ample training, professional development and networking opportunities
  • Option to intern in a desired field between service -terms
  • During their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living stipend and basic health insurance; upon completion of their service term, AmeriCorps members receive an Education Award of $5730 which can be used to pay for furthering education or direct undergraduate loans.
Available Positions

Early Awareness:

  • Serve CCS middle schools
  • Speak to groups of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
  • Run career days and other college awareness activities during the school day
  • Speak to parents regarding college planning

High School:

  • Serve CCS High Schools
  • Work one-on-one with 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
  • Assist school faculty and staff with college tours
  • Assist with FAFSA workshops
  • Speak to parents regarding college planning

For more information or to contact us about becoming an AmeriCorps Guide, you can

call 614.233.9510 ext. 134 or click below to send an email!


contact an advisor