Charlestown-based green interns get AmeriCorps funding
The Student Conservation Association is receiving $1.3 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. courtesy
The association was founded in Charlestown in 1957 as a national student volunteer movement to save America’s national parks. Today the SCA members range in age from 15 to young adults, and are high school and college students or recent graduates interested in green careers.
“We’re obviously very pleased. We just celebrated 20 years of partnership with AmeriCorps,” Hamilton said.
“This is an added incentive on top of their service, and depending upon the length of time they are in an SCA position, they can receive up to $5,000 from AmeriCorps to put toward their college education or to retire existing college loans,” Hamilton said.
However, even taking a three- or six-month position as an SCA intern can be difficult for young people with limited funds.
“For many people, it may come down to the choice of, ‘I would like to serve, but I need to make money.’ This helps to even the playing field in situations like that,” Hamilton said.
The 2014 AmeriCorps grant competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, and disaster services, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., said in a statement Tuesday.
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