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May 5, 2004

AmeriCorps Is Accepting Applications for Summer Jobs

Oswego County AmeriCorps program is currently accepting applications for 14 summer positions. There are also two 900-hour positions that will start immediately and could last until February 2005.

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau administers the program in Oswego County.

"AmeriCorps is a national service program that addresses local needs," said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. "Oswego County AmeriCorps focuses on services for children and families. All positions involve working with children at libraries, recreation programs, schools and human service agencies."

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age. There is no upper age limit. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED or be in the process of receiving one. Some sites request additional experience or education.

Summer sites in Oswego County include Camp Fire USA, Cleveland Elementary School, Constantia Library, Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H and nutrition programs, Elm Street School, Phoenix; Even Start, Fulton CYO, Lura Sharp Elementary School Pulaski; Oswego Public Library, Reality Check, Safe Haven Museum, Selkirk Shores State Park, Success-By-6 and Youth Court.

For the 300-hour summer AmeriCorps positions, members will receive a living allowance of $1,937 and an education award of $1,000 at the end of their term of service.

For the 900-hour AmeriCorps positions, members serve between six and ten months. They receive a living allowance of $5, 812 and an education award of $2,362.50.

In addition, plans are being made for the 2004-2005 program year that starts in October 2004. Programs that serve youth can apply to host an AmeriCorps member for the upcoming program year. Programs or agencies that are interested in applying to host an AmeriCorps member for the upcoming year are invited to attend a bidders' conference Wednesday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in the Health Department Training Room at the Oswego County Office Complex, 70 Bunner St., Oswego

For applications and additional information call Kathy Andolina at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, weekdays at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, extension 3451. The member application can be downloaded from www.oswegocounty.com by clicking on Youth Bureau in the dropdown menu of county departments. Site applications can be mailed to interested programs or picked up at the bidders' conference.

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