Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces $1.2 Million for West Seneca Youth Bureau AmeriCorps Program
May 11, 2007
An Additional $529,200 Available for Education Awards
 
 
Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the West Seneca Youth Bureau will receive $1,230,943 for the program AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE) from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The grant will support 200 AmeriCorps members who participate in ABLE, a program in which AmeriCorps members tutor children with undeveloped literacy skills in schools and in after-school programs. Members also generate volunteers to participate in service learning projects targeting literacy, community needs and homeland security concerns.
 
“Thanks to the dedicated AmeriCorps volunteers of the West Seneca Youth Bureau, thousands of Western New York’s youth receive much needed education and support,” Higgins said. “I congratulate the West Seneca Youth Bureau for receiving this grant and thank all those who have answered the call to service by joining AmeriCorps.”  
 
"AmeriCorps does West Seneca proud," said West Seneca Supervisor Paul Clark.  "The great service they provide to Western New York and this country can continue and expand thanks to this well deserved, generous federal grant." 
 
In addition to the grant, the National Corporation is making $529,000 in funding available to West Seneca AmeriCorps to give Education Awards to members serving in this program. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive $4,725 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply by visiting www.americorps.gov.
 
"This is the flagship program for West Seneca AmeriCorps and largest grant this organization has ever received," said West Seneca Youth Bureau Executive Director Mark Lazzara.  “We are thrilled with the opportunity to put this money to good use for our community.”
 
AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other human needs. Its members serve in hundreds of nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. Among other activities, they tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, help communities respond to disasters, and recruit and train volunteers.
 
A 25% community local match is required through this grant award.

 
 
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