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YNDC and Partners Launch AmeriCorps REVITALIZE Direct Service Project

Friday, September 26, 2014

YNDC has selected 10 AmeriCorps members to serve as part of its AmeriCorps REVITALIZE Project, an initiative aimed at bringing YNDC’s blight fighting efforts to neighborhoods across the city. These AmeriCorps community service members, representing all ages and walks of life, are Youngstown residents with an interest in improving our neighborhoods and gaining basic construction and landscaping experience and training that will help them to further their career goals. They will serve at YNDC for a period of one year and focus on cleaning up, securing, and rehabilitating vacant homes and lots in strategic areas across the City in alignment with publicly-adopted Neighborhood Action Plans and Asset-Based Micro Plans.

The team started in early September and has been working on basic cleanup projects on the east and south sides in order to complete “basic training” on vacant property board-ups, vacant lot cleanups, and minor owner-occupied repair projects to prepare for their work. They began work on their first neighborhood-scale project during the week of September 22nd in the Lincoln Knolls neighborhood on the city’s east side and will proceed to the Newport and Oak Hill neighborhoods within the coming months.

The AmeriCorps REVITALIZE Project is supported through a partnership with ServeOhio, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the City of Youngstown, and The Raymond John Wean Foundation.

AmeriCorps Members serving as part of the AmeriCorps REVITALIZE Project include: Connor Johnquest, Anttwon Dent, Elena Rapone, Alvin Robinson, Olonzo Johnson, Jeff Black, Brittany Dunlap, Deon Shuler, Delante Simms , and Steven Bunetta.