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March 17, 2004

Oswego County Receives Funding for Another Year of AmeriCorps

The New York State Office of National and Community Service recently awarded funding to the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau to continue the Oswego County AmeriCorps Program. This will be the program's seventh year of operation in Oswego County.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that addresses local needs. In Oswego County, members will tutor elementary and secondary students, supervise youth in out of school programs, provide health education presentations to the community, and recruit and manage volunteers. All year-round members will participate in disaster preparedness training and activities.

Applicants for AmeriCorps projects must be at least 17 years old. There is no upper age limit for AmeriCorps members. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Some sites request additional experience or education.

Several 900-hour positions are available immediately. For a 900-hour AmeriCorps position, members may serve up to 11 months. Hours could also be served over a shorter time period, depending on the needs of the site. A 900-hour member will receive a living allowance of $5, 812 and an education award of $2,362.50.

Applications are also being accepted for 300-hour summer positions. The living allowance for these positions will be $1,937. Summer members will also receive an education award of $1,000.

Applications and additional information are available by calling Kathy Andolina at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, weekdays at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, extension 3451. The application can be downloaded from www.oswegocounty.com by clicking on the "Oswego City-County Youth Bureau" on the dropdown menu for county departments, and then clicking on "AmeriCorps Program."

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