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June 1, 2009

Oswego County AmeriCorps Is Accepting Applications for Summer Positions

Oswego County AmeriCorps is currently accepting applications for summer positions. AmeriCorps members get paid while learning valuable skills and earning money for college.

“Across our country, AmeriCorps members assist their local communities with education, environment, public safety and other human needs,” said Kathleen Andolina, program coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “Locally, our Oswego County AmeriCorps program provides out of school activities for youth, employment skills and non-profit capacity building. Members have the opportunity to make a difference in Oswego County.”

Oswego County AmeriCorps is currently accepting applications for 300-hour summer positions at libraries, recreation programs, museums and human service agencies. Applicants must be 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 of the sites are looking for applicants with additional experience or education.

Summer sites in Oswego County include Constantia Recreation, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Department of Social Services, Fort Ontario, Fulton CYO, Fulton YMCA, H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego, Harborfest, Housing Visions Consultants, Leadership Oswego County Youth, Pulaski Public Library, Safe Haven Museum in Oswego, Sandy Creek Recreation and Town of Schroeppel Community Services. Due to the receipt of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, additional sites are being developed.

For a 300-hour summer AmeriCorps position, members receive a living allowance of $1,973. They also receive an education award of $1,000 at the end of their term of service.

“In the past, the summer AmeriCorps positions have been very attractive to college students, as they provide hands-on experience in addition to the stipend and educational award,” said Andolina.

For applications and additional information call 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 at www.oswegocounty.com/youth/application.pdf.

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