OSWEGO – Last summer, Tori Zerrahn served as an AmeriCorps member at the Oswego County Health Department.
Working with another AmeriCorps member, she visited various locations to involve kids in fitness and nutrition activities.
The “smoothie bike” she brought with her was very popular.
The kids pedaled the bike to mix up a healthy smoothie in the blender on the back of the bike.
Tori will graduate from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Inclusive Education in May.
This summer, she will return for her third term of service with Oswego AmeriCorps.
Tori sees the benefits of serving in AmeriCorps as giving her many opportunities to grow as an individual and future educator.
“Being an AmeriCorps member while home on my summer breaks has allowed me to work with the youth of Oswego County to form strong relationships and make positive connections,” said Tori. “I will be coming back to AmeriCorps this summer because I want to educate children on fitness and nutrition, while providing them with small changes that they can apply to their own lives to become healthier. Teaching is one of my strongest passions. Being an AmeriCorps member has assisted in developing the skills I will use in my future career.”
Applications are currently being accepted for 300-hour summer positions with Oswego AmeriCorps. Members spend the summer helping kids in Oswego County while earning a pay check and an education award.
For the 300-hour summer positions, members receive a total of $2,113 in living allowance through bi-weekly paychecks.
When the term of service is completed, the member receives an education award of $1,212 that can be used for tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.
“The goal of Oswego AmeriCorps is to help children and youth have healthier futures by providing fitness activities and nutrition education,” said program coordinator Kathy Andolina. “Some AmeriCorps members manage youth or adult volunteers.”
Positions are available at these locations: Camp Zerbe (Williamstown), Constantia Recreation, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Fulton City Parks, Oswego Harborfest, OCO Nutrition Services (Hamilton Homes, Oswego), Oswego City Parks, Oswego County Health Department, Pulaski Public Library, Selkirk Shores State Park, town and village of Hannibal, USTA Tennis and Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Springboard Mural Project/Little Free Libraries.
Applicants for AmeriCorps children and youth programs must be at least 17 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, or be working to achieve one.
Each site may have additional work experience and education requirements for applicants.
The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau also operates a second AmeriCorps program, Oswego Economic Development Corps. Members in this program provide housing services for economically disadvantaged individuals.
Applications are currently being accepted for two 300- or 450-hour positions to provide street outreach to individuals through Oswego County Opportunities.
“This program involves going out in pairs to work with individuals to identify needs and get them connected to services,” said Andolina.
Applicants for Economic Development Corps positions should be comfortable seeking out individuals, interacting with them in an informal setting, and maintaining team safety.
Applicants should have a flexible schedule to meet program needs with mostly afternoon and evening shifts.
Economic Development Corps positions involve county wide travel with mileage reimbursement and conclude by Sept. 30.
Positions require the ability to walk up to three to four hours per day with intermittent sitting and standing.
Applicants must have a driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
The living allowance for a 450-hour position is $3,264 and the education award is $1,515.
For more information on either program or for an application, visit the Oswego AmeriCorps website http://oswegocounty.com/youth/Americorps.html
Program coordinator Andolina may be reached at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or [email protected]