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New Orleans Summer Service Opportunity Now Available

Tuesday, May 15, 2007  
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Do you want to get things done this summer? Are you interested in working with children and teenagers? Can you make a difference in the life of a child?  If so, children and youth in New Orleans need you. As the Gulf Coast continues its struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, the young people of New Orleans are particularly vulnerable. Summer brings the prospect of thousands of kids, many of them bored or lonely, with no activities to keep them engaged and challenged. 

That’s where you—and the New Orleans Summer Initiative—come in. The Louisiana Serve Commission and VISTA are working to make sure that caring adults are on hand to reach out to these kids in need. Starting this June you can assist youth in a variety of ways. Volunteers are needed for academic tutoring, computer literacy, recreation programs, arts and cultural enrichment, and service-learning. Several community-based New Orleans area organizations are attempting to serve more than 4,000 youth this summer and they need your help. Please consider this wonderful opportunity!

In addition to the personal fulfillment resulting from assisting some of New Orleans’ most needy youth, subsidized local transportation will be provided, as well as a living allowance of $865 per month and a $1,000 Segal education award (Education Award limit may be waived and not count as one of the maximum two terms of service). If necessary, housing on a university campus will be provided. The anticipated start date will be some time between June 1 and 15 and the term of service will end in mid-August.

If this sounds like something you would like to do this summer, please send an email to NewOrleansInitiative@cns.Gov.  Additional information will be provided next week with specific instructions on how to apply.  Please respond soon. New Orleans’ kids need you. This is a pilot initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service. As such, the Education Award limit can be waived and not count as one of the maximum two terms of service.

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