By Ashley, age 24, Massachusetts
Sweet Designs Staff Intern
If you're approaching your senior year or your graduation is looming over your head like a dark cloud, the U.S. government might have a solution for those fresh-faced college grads fearing a new set of wrinkles brought by the troubling labor market. This solution? A year of service brought to you by the federally sponsored program AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps was established in 1993 in order to subsidize adults of all ages while they work in service-oriented professions that enable them to help build communities nationwide. It is essentially a domestic version of the Peace Corps, a renowned international service program also sponsored by the federal government At the successful culmination of your service, you are eligible for a partial tuition reimbursement in the form of a Segal Americorps Education Award.
Go to http://www.americorps.gov for more information as to which program is suited to your interests, qualifications, and personal circumstances. AmeriCorps provides a practical education in real-world experience for those unsure where the next phase of their life will take them.