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AmeriCorps Mission

The mission of the Oswego AmeriCorps program is to serve county youth by providing mentoring, nutrition education, fitness activities and management of volunteers who work with youth.

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.

Starting in January 2015, the Youth Bureau has been operating a second AmeriCorps program - Oswego Economic Development Corps. Members in that program serve at the Department of Social Services, Catholic Charities and Oswego County Opportunities. These members assist economically disadvantaged individuals by providing housing services and financial literacy education.

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

"Created in 1993, the Corporation for National Service is a public-private partnership that engages Americans of all ages in service initiatives - AmeriCorps, which include more than 400 local and national programs, AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCC; the national Senior Service Corps, which includes Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; and Learn and Serve America, which provides models and resources for teachers integrating service into classrooms from kindergarten through college."
-- 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 70,000 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 540,000 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members since the program began in 1993.

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 $6,399 and an education award of $2,775. Summer members serve 300 hours, receive a living allowance of $2,072 and an education award of $1,175. We also have several 300 hour education award positions. Those members receive an education award of $1,000.

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 improve their reading or math skills. 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.

Who Do I Contact?

Kathy Andolina, AmeriCorps Coordinator
Oswego City-County Youth Bureau
70 Bunner Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: (315) 349-3451

Questions about the Oswego Americorps Program?

Oswego City-County Youth Bureau/Parks and Recreation
70 Bunner St. Oswego, NY 13126 315-349-3451