2008-01-17 / News

AmeriCorps seeks new applicants

The Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative is accepting applications for its AmeriCorps program, a full-time service program that has provided environmental education to more than 16,000 children in Rhode Island's core cities since 2004.

OSEEC is an association of three Rhode Island environmental organizations, Save The Bay, Norman Bird Sanctuary, and Roger Williams Park Zoo. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members commit one full year to serving their community. In exchange for 1,700 hours of service, each receives a small living stipend and a $4,725 education award to be used to help pay for school.

The Corporation for National and Community Service created AmeriCorps in 1993, and has been providing grant money, through the Rhode Island Service Alliance, to fund OSEEC since 2004.

OSEEC AmeriCorps members serve as environmental educators, providing supplemental ecological enrichment programs to our local city schools and community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence. OSEEC uses community-centered education as a vehicle to promote science, increase student excitement in learning, and cultivate environmentally literate, active citizens.

Now in its fifth year, the members of the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative look forward to serving Rhode Island children for many years to come. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to Kate Douton, AmeriCorps Program Director, at 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905, or fax to 273-7153, or e-mail oseec@savebay. org.

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