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In an effort to triple the service program by 2017, President Obama has awarded AmeriCorps $234 million to put 57,000 members to work in communities around the country.
States and territories will also get an additional $129 million for AmeriCorps slots. Officials expect to have a total of 85,000 people enrolled in the program this year.
Most AmeriCorps participants are between the ages of 18 – 26 and get about $11,800 per year to perform such tasks as weatherizine homes, mentoring children, or cleaning up parks.
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