OSWEGO – Two local AmeriCorps programs are currently accepting applications to provide services to youth and disadvantaged residents. AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers members the opportunity to learn valuable skills and build their resumes while receiving a living allowance paycheck.
Oswego County AmeriCorps members provide fitness and nutrition activities for youth as well as manage volunteers who work with youth.
The second program, the Oswego Economic Development Corps, serves disadvantaged individuals by providing housing services and financial literacy education.
“This is a great opportunity for local residents to serve the community, gain experience and earn an education award that can pay for tuition or student loans,” said Kathy Andolina, Oswego County AmeriCorps coordinator. “I encourage recent college graduates to apply.”
Applications are currently being accepted for 300-hour and 900-hour positions.
Applicants must be at least 17 years of age.
There is no upper age limit.
Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED or be in the process of receiving one.
For Oswego AmeriCorps, applicants should have some experience working with youth.
For Oswego Economic Development Corps, applicants should have some experience working with the public.
Each AmeriCorps site could have additional work and education requirements.
For a 300-hour AmeriCorps position, members receive a living allowance of $2,113.
They also receive an education award of $1,175 at the end of their term of service. The award can be used for tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.
For a 900-hour position, the living allowance is $6,527 and education award is $2,822.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.
Interviews will be scheduled until all positions are filled.
For applications and additional information call Andolina at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, weekdays at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, extension 3451.
The member application can be downloaded at