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May 1, 2017

Daughter follows mom's path in community service -
Apply now for Summer AmeriCorps positions in Oswego County

OSWEGO COUNTY - Back in 1997, when Oswego AmeriCorps began, Melissa Hull served as one of the first members in the county. Now her daughter, Alyshia, has completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps member at the Pulaski Public Library.

Alyshia Hull is a published author and encourages aspiring authors in her community. She is pursuing a degree in Journalism. She currently attends Cayuga Community College and will soon be transferring to SUNY Oswego. When Alyshia became an AmeriCorps member, she said her life was quickly impacted by service. "I learned the importance of helping those in my community and by giving assistance to those in need," she said.

Oswego AmeriCorps is now recruiting to fill positions that will help children and youth have healthier futures by providing fitness activities and nutrition education. Some AmeriCorps members will manage youth or adult volunteers. Some members will provide housing services for economically disadvantaged individuals.

Applications are currently being accepted for 300-hour summer positions to work with youth and/or volunteers. Members spend the summer helping their community while earning a pay check and an education award. For the 300-hour summer positions, members receive a total of $2,208 in living allowance paid through bi-weekly pay checks. When the term of service is completed, the member receives an education award of $1,230 that can be used for tuition or student loans at qualified institutions.

For AmeriCorps, applicants 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.

Positions are available at these locations: Camp Hollis Day Camp (Oswego), Cornell Cooperative Extension (Camp Zerbe, Williamstown and Amboy Environmental Center), Fulton City Parks, Fulton CYO, Fulton Public Library, Harborfest (Oswego), OCO Nutrition Services (Hamilton Homes, Oswego), Oswego Bookmobile, Oswego County Health Department, Oswego Public Library, Oswego Youth Court, Pulaski Public Library, RSVP (Oswego), Selkirk Shores State Park, Village of Hannibal, USTA Tennis and Youth Bureau Springboard Mural Project/Little Free Libraries.

Oswego AmeriCorps also has openings for 450- or 900-hour positions to provide housing services to economically disadvantaged individuals. These are located at Catholic Charities in Fulton, the Department of Social Services in Mexico and Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) in Oswego. For OCO positions, applicants must have a driver's license and access to reliable transportation.

The living allowance for a 450-hour position is $3,312 and the education award is $1,538. For a 900-hour position, the living allowance is $6,627 and the education award is $2,907.

For more information or an application, visit the Oswego AmeriCorps website at http://oswegocounty.com/youth/Americorps.html. Program coordinator Kathy Andolina may be reached at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau weekdays at (315) 349-3451 or kathleen@oswegocounty.com.

Alyshia Hull serves at the Pulaski Public Library as an AmeriCorps member.


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