Beautification Projects Near Completion

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AmeriCorps workers in Youngstown are in their final stretch of workdays on several projects around the city.

The team of eight workers from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Corps have been working on beautification projects around the Valley since May. They are part of a national program consisting of 2,800 people dedicated to different neighborhoods across the country.

“I really enjoy traveling so it’s really fun to go to a new neighborhood and see the community and see how we can help the community with what we’re doing,” said Heather Whitney, AmeriCorps member.

The team is made up of 18- to 24-year-olds who have been working with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.

“We help with YNDC and give them an extra hand in doing projects that may need a bigger group to do,” said team leader Kelsey Grant.

Last week, the group helped board up 16 vacant homes in the Garden District on Youngstown’s West Side. They also helped weed and till community gardens.

The final project is working with YNDC on the Paint Youngstown Project.

“We are priming the whole house, all of the windows, the doors, the porch, up on the second floor and then we are going to paint it after the primer,” Grant said.

After completing a 10-month service program, the AmeriCorps workers receive about $5,500 to help pay for college or go back to school.


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