Oswego County Receives EDF Grant for 20 New AmeriCorps Positions

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced Economic Development Funding awards through the New York State AmeriCorps Program.

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will receive more than $128,000 in the upcoming year to support economic development priorities in the state.

“AmeriCorps, a national service program, is known as the domestic Peace Corps,” said Brian Chetney, interim director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “The EDF funds will support 20 new 900-hour AmeriCorps member positions to provide financial literacy and housing services in Oswego County.”

Applications are currently being accepted for the new 900-hour AmeriCorps positions.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or be working on a degree along with volunteer or work experience with the public.

Applicants should also possess leadership skills, be emotionally mature, and have an openness and awareness of diversity.

AmeriCorps members in 900-hour positions receive a modest living allowance of $6,527 paid in biweekly pay checks.

At the end of their term of service, 900-hour members receive an education award of $2,775 which can be used to pay tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.

AmeriCorps members can receive forbearance on qualified student loans.

If the term of service is completed successfully, all or part of the interest that accrued during the term can be paid by the National Service Trust.

The member application can be downloaded from the Oswego County website at http://oswegocounty.com/youth/application.pdf

For additional information on the current openings, call AmeriCorps program coordinator Kathy Andolina at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, weekdays at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, extension 3451.