AmeriCorps Member Enjoyed Her First Experience

OSWEGO, NY – Sara Medrano is a member of Oswego County AmeriCorps, which serves youth by providing mentoring, fitness and nutrition activities.

They also run Oswego Economic Development Corps, which serves economically disadvantaged individuals by providing housing services and financial literacy education.

“Right now we have 22 members in the county between the two programs,” she said. “We will have 43 summer members with Oswego AmeriCorps.”

Medrano is volunteering with AmeriCorps at New Haven Elementary School.

For the past several years, AmeriCorps members have been offering their time, experience and unique talents throughout Oswego County.

Medrano is working with students at the school.

She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Wellness Management from SUNY Oswego, where she is also a Certified Peer Educator through the Lifestyles Center, President/Founder of the Non-Traditional Student Organization, and the Treasurer of the Health Promotion and Wellness Club.

Medrano brings valuable knowledge and skills to support the nutrition and fitness section, which is geared to involve the students in different fitness and nutrition activities to get them more active and learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods.

“Working with elementary school students, for the first time, has been such a great experience,” Medrano said.

She will be completing her first 300 hour term in June 2015.

The minimum age for AmeriCorps is 17, but sites can request specific work experience and educational background.

“Our summer members serve for 300 hours and will receive a living allowance (paid in biweekly pay checks) totaling $2,113 and an education award of $1,195 that will be paid when the member completes their term of service,” said Medrano.

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