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Aug. 18, 2006

AmeriCorps Announces Openings in Schools, Museums for this Fall

After a successful summer, Oswego County AmeriCorps program will begin its tenth year in September. Over 400 individuals have served in the program so far. Applications are now being accepted for 1,700- and 900-hour positions in local schools, not-for-profit agencies, libraries, and recreation programs.

While serving their community, AmeriCorps members receive a minimal living allowance. With the completion of their service, they receive an education award that can be used to pay for tuition or student loans.

"AmeriCorps is an incredible opportunity to make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you," said Kathleen Andolina, AmeriCorps program coordinator. "It is a commitment to national service that will challenge you to put your skills and ideals to work while helping others."

The Oswego County AmeriCorps program is sponsored by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and focuses on services for children. The AmeriCorps network of local, state, and national service programs connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in local communities.

AmeriCorps members vary in age, education and experience. Applicants must be at least 17 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, or be in the process of receiving one. There is no upper age limit for applicants. "Baby boomers are encouraged to apply," said Andolina.

Most AmeriCorps sites are looking for applicants that have experience working with youth. In addition, some require additional experience, skills and educational background.

Members in 1700-hour positions serve for 12 months. They receive a living allowance of $10,978 and an education award of $4,725. If eligible, 1700-hour members may receive individual health insurance and a childcare subsidy. Positions will start this fall at Oswego Harborfest, New Haven Elementary School and Oswego School District Public Library.

Members in 900-hour AmeriCorps positions serve between six and twelve months, receive a living allowance of $5,812, and an education award of $2,362.50. Sites for 900-hour positions include BOCES Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services, Mexico; APW Central School District, Parish; Catholic Charities Amigo Mentoring Program, Fulton; Fairgrieve Elementary School, Fulton; Fulton CYO; H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego; Lanigan Elementary School, Fulton; Lura Sharp Elementary School, Pulaski; Mexico Elementary School; Oswego YMCA; Palermo Elementary School; Reality Check, Oswego; Safe Haven Museum, Oswego; Schroeppel Community Services, Phoenix; and Success-By-6, Fulton.

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 may be downloaded from the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/youth

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