Extension News

4-H Seeks Host Groups for AmeriCorps Fellows

4/28/2006

AMES, Iowa -- Applications are now being accepted from youth-serving organizations and coalitions that wish to host one or more AmeriCorps Promise Fellows from September 2006 to August 2007.

AmeriCorps Fellows serve through the Iowa State of Promise program, which is a partnership between AmeriCorps and America’s Promise. The 4-H Youth Development Program of Iowa State University Extension began hosting Iowa’s Promise program in 2005. Iowa 4-H coordinates the activities of 12 full-time AmeriCorps Promise Fellows who serve yearly fellowships in communities across the state.

America’s Promise seeks to mobilize people to build the character and competence of youth, according to Lisa Underhill-Schmidt, director of the Iowa program.

AmeriCorps Promise Fellows coordinate campaigns to provide a targeted number of youth with caring adults, safe places for structured activities, a healthy start in life, marketable skills and opportunities for community service.

Fellows train groups of youth in leadership who then use those skills to bring about community service-learning projects. Fellows also create youth recreational programs and develop youth philanthropy programs at volunteer centers and community foundations.

Applications are due to the Iowa State 4-H office by June 30, 2006. To download the form, visit www.iowaspromise.org. More detailed information on AmeriCorps is at www.americorps.org.

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Contacts :

Lisa Underhill-Schmidt, Iowa State of Promise Program, (515) 294-1611, lisau@iastate.edu

Carol Ouverson, Extension Communication and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu