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Last modified: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 12:30 AM EDT

SCI gets grant to find five AmeriCorps jobs in Lynn

By David Liscio / The Daily Item

LYNN - A social services organization with offices in Lynn, Woburn and Boston has received a grant for $239,000 to support 19 full-time AmeriCorps jobs.

Five of those summer positions will be located in Lynn. Each job pays $1,140 monthly from September 2007 to June 2008, provides health insurance and a post-service educational award of $4,725.

"It's a great opportunity for motivated people, a perfect job for a college student majoring in history or social science, or even a single mother who wants to take her child to work," said Trang Le, program coordinator at Social Capital Inc. (SCI) Lynn, a non-profit organization run from a small office at 52 Andrew St.

SCI has a headquarters in Woburn and a successful outreach program in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

According to Le, SCI President David Crowley applied for the grant. In Lynn, one recipient will work at the SCI Lynn office, and the other four will provide services to non-profit agencies in the city, such as the Lynn Boys' and Girls' Club, the Greater Lynn YMCA, and Girls, Inc.

"The educational award alone will pay for an entire year of classes at North Shore Community College," said Le, noting the money can be used toward an outstanding student loan or for future educational expenses. "It's like part of a free college education."

Crowley said the positions are a great experience, with leadership responsibility and training, which leave the individuals with a competitive edge. "It's a year of serving the community and gaining valuable experience," he said.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. There is no upper age limit. SCI is now making final arrangements for where the winning candidates will be placed.

Le, a Lynn resident, said the jobs dovetail with SCI's mission to increase social capital in the communities it serves. "There were no AmeriCorps jobs in Lynn last year," she said. "But now we have organizations that are willing to partner up. We're trying to spread the word, get the kids off the streets. In school these days, they teach civic engagement. That's what this is about."

The ideal candidate will possess good marketing and sales skills, and a desire to increase social capital in Lynn. Although the jobs are full-time, they can be combined with other part-time work or with school.

The Lynn positions include youth program coordinators who will train and support young leaders to make a difference in the community; volunteer coordinators who help agencies recruit and manage additional volunteers; and outreach and technology coordinators who use the Web site and programs like Civic Welcome Wagon to connect people to civic information.

General qualifications include commitment to the national service and the SCI mission; a clear plan for living on the AmeriCorps stipend; ability to work on a team and independently; good written and oral English communication skills, but bi-lingual capability is a plus; desire to work with diverse constituencies; some knowledge of the community; regular access to a car; and a college degree or completed coursework.

Anyone interested in applying for the AmeriCorps jobs should contact Crowley at (781) 935-2244 or Le at (781) 599-1269. Letters with resumes may be emailed to or mailed to Social Capital, Inc., 165M New Boston St., Suite 233, Woburn, MA 01801. Please note in the cover letter a preference to serve in Lynn, Woburn or Boston.

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