March 2, 2015
OSWEGO COUNTY - Oswego County AmeriCorps is still accepting applications for 900-hour positions in its new Economic Development Corps. The organization offers members an opportunity to gain valuable career skills while receiving a modest living allowance and earning an education award to help pay for college or grad school, or pay back qualified student loans.
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree or be working toward a degree. They should also have experience working with the public and involvement as a volunteer. Prospective candidates will have an understanding of poverty, homelessness and human diversity and be open to learning more about these issues. Reliable transportation and a NYS driver's license are a plus.
Once accepted into the program, members will receive a living allowance of $6,527 which is paid in bi-weekly paychecks. At the end of their service term, members will also receive an education award in the amount of $2,822. This can be used to pay tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.Members can receive forbearance on a qualified student loan through the duration of their service. All or part of the interest accrued during the service term can then be paid by the National Service Trust upon completion.
Oswego County AmeriCorps is a local branch of the national service organization dedicated to providing aid to services for children and families. Its members mentor youth, provide fitness and nutrition education activities, and manage volunteers who serve their community.
To apply, go to oswegocounty.com/youth/application.pdf to download the application form and submit it to the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. For more information about the Oswego County AmeriCorps Program, call 315-349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200 x3451.
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