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Aug. 17, 2009

AmeriCorps Announces Openings for Several Fall Positions

SUNY STUDENT SERVES IN AMERICORPS - SUNY Oswego student Caleb Hayes (right) visits with Matt Schladebeck (left) and Logan Angelina at an after-school program. Hayes coordinates the program at the Oswego Salvation Army for his AmeriCorps service project.

OSWEGO -- Giving back to one's community is just one of the ways that a citizen can feel more connected to others, learn new skills, and develop community resources. The AmeriCorps program is doing just that for Caleb Hayes, a SUNY Oswego student who became an AmeriCorps member in January. Caleb oversees an after-school program for youth at the Oswego Salvation Army.

“It's made me feel close to the community,” he said. “Even though I'm not from Oswego, I feel like I am part of Oswego now.” Hayes is originally from Geneva, NY, and his parents now live in Florida.

AmeriCorps is a national service project that fulfills needs in the community by matching members with municipal or non-profit organizations to aid in their services. Members fulfill a set amount of service hours while receiving a living allowance and a Segal Educational Award after completing their service.

The Oswego City/County Youth Bureau is currently looking for AmeriCorps applicants for several positions that will start this fall. There are two 300-hour positions; 40 900-hour positions; and two 1,700-hour positions available. Members must be at least 17 years of age and posses a high school diploma or equivalent. Some positions have additional requirements.

People who serve a 300-hour position receive a living allowance of $1,973 and an educational award of $1,000. Those serving a 900-hour position receive a living allowance of $6,094 and an educational award of $2,363. Members who serve a 1,700-hour position receive $12,188 for a living allowance and an educational award of $4,725. Living allowances are calculated and disbursed every two weeks according to the length of service, which usually lasts for nine to 12 months.

Members will be involved in mentoring, managing volunteers, coordinating out-of-school activities, non-profit capacity building, or employment skills training at a school or community agency. Current participating organizations include Altmar Elementary School, APW High School, APW Middle School, BOCES Migrant Education Outreach, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Department of Social Services Applicant Call Center, Friends of Camp Hollis, Friends of Fort Ontario, Fulton YMCA, Hannibal High School, Lanigan Elementary School, Leadership Oswego County Youth, Mexico Elementary School, Mexico Middle School, New Haven Elementary School, Oswego YMCA Advantage Afterschool, Palermo Elementary School, Palermo United Methodist Church and Workforce NY among several others.

Applications are available here or by contacting the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau at 349-3451, 70 Bunner St., Oswego 13126. For more information Kathy Andolina or Valerie Edwin.

The AmeriCorps program in Oswego County has been operating for 12 years and is funded by the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.

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