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July 13, 2011

Oswego AmeriCorps Program Is Accepting Applications for Several Positions

OSWEGO - Oswego AmeriCorps is a national service program that serves youth in Oswego County. AmeriCorps members mentor youth and provide fitness and nutrition activities in local communities. Applications are now being accepted for one 300-hour position at Palermo NuRu Teen Center and for 29 900-hour positions across the county.

The 300-hour position in Palermo will start immediately and run until Dec. 31. The hours of the teen center are Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 8 p.m. Applicants should be available to work at those times each week. Applicants should have a high school diploma and a desire to work with youth. The person selected for this position would receive a living allowance totaling $2,072 while serving in the program. When all requirements are completed, the member would receive a $1,000 education award that can be used for tuition or students loans at qualifying institutions.

The 900-hour positions are at sites around the county. These positions start on Sept. 1. Members in these positions would serve from nine 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.

Applicants must be at least 17-years-old and have a high school diploma/equivalent or be in the process of obtaining one. There is no upper age limit. Each individual site may be looking for applicants with specific education or work experience requirements.

For the current program year, AmeriCorps members have served at APW Schools, Fairgrieve Elementary School, Fulton Family YMCA, Hannibal High School, Leighton Elementary School, Mexico Elementary School, New Haven Elementary School, Oswego Public Library, Palermo Elementary School and many other sites.

Oswego AmeriCorps members serve their community while gaining valuable experience. Member applications are available online at oswegocounty.com/youth as well as at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner Street, Oswego, NY 13126. For further information, contact Kathy Andolina, Program Coordinator, by e-mailing or call (315) 349-3451.

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