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July 29, 2005

AmeriCorps Holds Informational Session for Fulton High School Students

FULTON -- The Oswego County AmeriCorps Program will select five education award members for a new AmeriCorps Club in the City of Fulton. Five young adults ages 17 and up will be selected to serve as AmeriCorps members to plan community service events and recruit city residents of all ages to assist.

An informational meeting for potential applicants and interested parents will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the St. Mary's Centre at 309 Buffalo Street, Fulton. Applications will be available at the session.

AmeriCorps is a national service network that engages more than 50,000 Americans each year in service to meet critical needs in education, environment and other human needs. The Oswego County program provides out of school activities for youth, mentoring and volunteers management.

"AmeriCorps members have an incredible opportunity to make a difference in their own lives and make an impact in their community," said Kathleen Andolina, Oswego County AmeriCorps coordinator. "The AmeriCorps Club in Fulton offers members an opportunity to take on a leadership role and gain experience to build up their resumes."

Members in the new club will work on weekly community service projects including food drives, park clean-ups, and community special events.

In return for serving 300 hours, members will receive an education award of $1,000 that can be used to pay for tuition at eligible colleges. Applicants must be at least 17 years old, be committed to finishing high school if they have not already, and have parental approval if under age 18.

Applicants must be available to meet after school hours and on weekends to perform service hours. Some evenings may also be needed.

Call the Oswego County AmeriCorps program at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 for more information or an application.

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