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August 6, 2010

AmeriCorps Members Needed for Positions that Start in September

The Oswego AmeriCorps Program has been awarded funding for the 2010-2011 program year and is now accepting applications for positions that will start September 1. AmeriCorps is a national service program that addresses needs in local communities. AmeriCorps members in Oswego County will serve youth by mentoring, providing physical education activities and providing nutrition education.

Current openings are for 900-hour positions. Members in these positions would serve from six to twelve months and receive a living allowance totaling $6,399. After completing the hour commitment and other requirements, the member would receive an education award of $2,675 that can be used for tuition or the repayment of student loans at qualifying institutions.

"Beyond these benefits, AmeriCorps members know the satisfaction of building a community and helping our nation to be everything it should be," said Kathy Andolina, AmeriCorps program coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. "Oswego AmeriCorps members serve their community while gaining valuable experience."

Applicants must be at least 17-years-old and have a high school diploma/equivalent or be in the process of obtaining either. There is no upper age limit. Individual sites may request additional education or work experience.

Applications are currently being accepted for openings at Altmar Elementary School, APW Middle School, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Fairgrieve Elementary School, Fulton Family YMCA, Hannibal High School, Leighton Elementary School, Mexico Elementary School, New Haven Elementary School, Oswego YMCA Advantage After School Program, Palermo Elementary School, and Parish Elementary School. Other sites will become available.

Member applications are available online at oswegocounty.com/youth as well as at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, NY 13126. For further information, contact Andolina by , or call (315) 349-3451 with questions.

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