June 29, 2009
Local Agencies Are Needed to Host AmeriCorps Workers
The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau recently received federal stimulus funding to enhance the AmeriCorps program and is looking for not-for-profit agencies, municipalities, and schools to host AmeriCorps members.
“With the stimulus funding, we have the opportunity to add two full-time and 20 part-time members to our existing program,” said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “This gives our community partners an opportunity to plan and implement unique one-year projects that can have a lasting benefit to our residents.”
The Youth Bureau has operated AmeriCorps in Oswego County for 12 years. Hundreds of members have served in a variety of projects throughout the county.
According to Kathleen Andolina, AmeriCorps Coordinator, “members serve for up to one year and receive a living stipend and educational award. AmeriCorps members receive valuable experiences at their host site, and learn skills that they can use for a lifetime.”
Host sites create projects that provide a direct benefit to children and families. Projects must address one of five areas: use of out-of-school time, youth mentoring,
volunteer recruitment, organizational capacity building, and employment skills development.Not-for-profit community agencies, municipalities, and schools may learn more about becoming a host site by calling Andolina at the Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451.
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