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Aug. 18, 2004

AmeriCorps Is Accepting Applications for Fall Positions

Each year, in every state of the nation, more than 40,000 AmeriCorps members serve with programs in every state. In Oswego County, AmeriCorps members can mentor or tutor kids, take charge of out-of-school programs, and help others by organizing projects and recruiting volunteers.

AmeriCorps is a national service program, administered in Oswego County by the Oswego City-County Bureau. . This will be the program's eighth year of serving youth in our local community.

"If you are interested in helping youth, there's an AmeriCorps challenge waiting for you," said director Kathleen Fenlon. "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."

The Oswego County AmeriCorps program is accepting applications for 1,700- and 900-hour positions. The new program year begins Sept. 1.

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.

Sites in Oswego County include Catholic Charities' Amigo Project, BOCES Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services (APPS); BOCES Alternative Education; Fairgrieve Elementary School, Fulton; Camp Hollis; Cleveland Elementary School; Constantia Library; Granby Elementary; Hannibal School District; James Lanigan School, Fulton; Lura Sharp Elementary School, Pulaski; Mexico Elementary; New Haven Elementary; Oswego School District Public Library; Reality Check; and Oswego Youth Court.

Members serve for a 12-month term for 1,700-hour positions. They receive a living allowance of $10,978. They would also receive an education award of $4,725 at the end of their term of service.

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

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.

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