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First Members Participate in United Way

During the annual United Way of the Southern Tier Day of Caring on June 9, current members of the AmeriCorps Kids First Initiative will continue their national service in the local community. They will be working at a local Catholic Charities of Chemung County residential facility, cleaning up and doing needed yard work.The Day of Caring is a day of service to our community. Teams of volunteers from local businesses and organizations visit non-profit and government agencies to lend a hand with projects ranging from landscaping and painting, to filing and mailing.AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with a living allowance and education award in exchange for a year of community service. The AmeriCorps Kids First Initiative, a program of Institute for Human Services, creates opportunities for all individuals to serve, challenging citizens to turn their ideals into action and their passion into positive change.For the upcoming program year spanning from Oct. 2010 through Sept. 2011, AmeriCorps members involved with the AmeriCorps Kids First Initiative in Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Yates and Allegany counties will be developing and providing programs for youth, aiding children and young adults in school, helping families in distress, and encouraging people to become more active within their communities. At one of 20 sites including human service agencies and schools throughout the region, members will act as positive role models for youth, and provide services such as tutoring, mentoring, and planning youth development activities. The AmeriCorps Kids First Initiative is now recruiting for full-time, 1-year positions, which entail working directly with youth and families in the region. Individuals selected will be provided with a professional job experience, unique training, an awareness of critical issues facing youth and families, and the personal satisfaction of helping others. They will receive a living allowance of $11,800 during the year, as well as an education award of $5,350 upon completion of their service. Additional benefits include health care, childcare benefits, and student loan forbearance. Applicants must be at least 18 (no upper age limit); high school graduate or equivalent, with some college experience helpful; have some coursework or experience in community/youth service/psychology; and possess a strong desire to improve the lives of young people and families. We are a collaborative of organizations that focuses on providing: mentoring and tutoring to young people, emergency (short-term) assistance to families, domestic violence shelter support, after-school program and youth center activities, pre-K and Head Start child development, support/guidance for youth in Group Homes, and literacy work. Those interested in this opportunity should call (607) 776-9467 ext. 216, or e-mail ackf@ihsnet.org for further information, or visit the website at http://www.ihsnet.org and click on AmeriCorps link on left side of web page. The program is now accepting applications for a start date of October, 2010.

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