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July 21, 2006

AmeriCorps Is Thriving in Oswego County

Nineteen new AmeriCorps members are spending their summer serving at schools, libraries, recreation programs and community agencies throughout Oswego County. Although the agencies they serve are diverse, the work they are doing will have a positive impact on services to Oswego County’s youth.

Kathleen Fenlon, Oswego City/County Youth Bureau Executive Director, welcomed the AmeriCorps members at their orientation session and thanked them for their commitment to improving the lives of children in Oswego County.

“Some of you will see the results of your work immediately. Others will see gradual changes,” she said. “But each of you should know that being there for a child will have a long-term impact. You’ll learn valuable skills and create new friendships, and many diverse organizations will benefit from your service this summer.”

Attending the orientation session were Kelly Bosch, Camp Fire USA; Claire McMahon, Constantia Library; Nina Alfano, Alicia Malone and Laurie Ouimet, Fulton CYO; Jennifer Wentworth, Harborfest, Michael Dingman, Kingsford Park School; Scott Thayer, Lura Sharp Elementary School; Breanne Scholla, Oswego YMCA; Jason Bukowski, Parish Recreation; Abby McMonagle, Phoenix Public Library; Melissa Sierson, Pulaski Public Library; Marybeth McMenemon, Safe Haven Museum; Cora Miligy, Sandy Creek Recreation; Kate Naron and Sharon Plank, Schroeppel Community Services; Heather Miles, Success-By-6; and Megan Andolina and Tess Korbesmeyer, USTA Tennis.

The AmeriCorps national service program will begin its tenth year in Oswego County this fall. Across the U.S., thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds provide community service and receive a living allowance and an education award in return.

Applications are now available for 1,700 and 900-hour fall positions. Members who serve in 1,700-hour positions serve for 12 months. They receive a living allowance of $10,978 at the end of their term of service and an education award of $4,725. 900-hour AmeriCorps members serve between six and 12 months. They receive a living allowance of $5, 812 and an education award of $2,362.50.

For additional information or an application, call Kathy Andolina, Program Coordinator at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451. Member application may be downloaded from the county Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/youth/AmeriCorps.html

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