The mission of the Oswego AmeriCorps program is to serve county youth by providing nutrition education, fitness activities, management of volunteers who work with youth, and housing services for economically disadvantaged individuals and families.
Programs that work with youth benefit from the placement of AmeriCorps members by expanding their staff and programming. Youth benefit by being involved with caring adults. Members benefit by gaining valuable experience, networking and receiving an education award to pay for tuition or student loans.
- Turn your ideals into action.
- Make a difference.
- Be a hero in your community and get things done!
History of the Corporation for National Service
"In 1993, the Corporation for National Service was created (renamed the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2001). Serving under the corporation are AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, AmeriCorps*VISTA, AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) and Senior Corps, which includes foster grandparents, senior companions, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). While the corporation headquarters are in Washington, D.C., it maintains offices in every state. The New York State Commission, located in Albany, administers our local grant."
-- AmeriCorps Handbook
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides Americans of all ages and backgrounds with a living allowance and education award in exchange for a term of service. More than 75,000 Americans each year are engaged in intensive service through AmeriCorps to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation.
AmeriCorps members serve through non-profit groups, public agencies and faith-based organizations to meet critical needs in education, the environment, disaster relief and other human needs. Over one million individuals have served as AmeriCorps members since the program began in 1994.
What benefits do members receive?
Our year-round program consists of 900-hour member positions. They serve for six to twelve months, receive a living allowance of $6,943 and an education award of $3,047. Our 450- and 300-hour members serve for shorter time periods. The 450-hour members receive a living allowance of $3,471 and an education award of $1,612. The 300-hour members receive a living allowance of $2,314 and an education award of $1,289. We also have several 300-hour education award positions. Those members receive an education award of $1,289.”
What would a member do?
You will be representing America at its best, making a lasting difference while promoting the values of community, responsibility and opportunity. You can learn valuable skills while fulfilling the AmeriCorps pledge to "get things done." Each program utilizes their AmeriCorps member in a unique way. At schools, members can assist students to encourage healthy eating habits and promote better physical fitness. At recreation programs, members can plan activities and supervise youth. With volunteer programs, members can recruit and oversee community volunteers.
Where would I serve?
The sites for the Oswego AmeriCorps service program vary from year to year. They can be schools, libraries, recreation programs, museums and non-profit agencies.