Two AmeriCorps programs administered by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau are currently accepting applications.
“AmeriCorps, a national service program, is known as the domestic Peace Corps,” Brian Chetney, Youth Bureau director, said. “Currently we have openings in Oswego County for 900-hour positions in the Oswego AmeriCorps and the Oswego Economic Development Corps. The positions will vary in length from six to 12 months, depending on the needs of the sponsoring agency.”
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. Individuals who are 55 or older at the start of their AmeriCorps term of service can transfer their education award to children or grandchildren.
Oswego AmeriCorps serves youth in the county by providing mentoring, fitness and nutrition activities as well as volunteer management. Oswego Economic Development Corps serves economically disadvantaged individuals by providing housing services and financial literacy education.
Members with Oswego AmeriCorps will serve at Fulton Family YMCA, Hannibal High School, Lanigan Elementary School, Leighton Elementary, Mexico Elementary, New Haven Elementary, Mexico Middle School, Oswego Community Christian School, OCO Fulton/Hannibal After School Program, OCO Literacy Volunteers, Oswego Public Library and Palermo Elementary. Applicants should have some college coursework and experience working with youth. Minimum requirements are that applicants must be 17 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. There is no upper age limit. Specific sites may be looking for additional work experience or education.
Members with Oswego Economic Development Corps will serve at the Department of Social Services, Catholic Charities of Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities. 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.
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 the AmeriCorps office at the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, weekdays at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, extension 3451.