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West Texas A&M University is looking for volunteers for its expanding AmeriCorps program.  

The program, WT Rural Resilience and Opportunity on the High Plains AmeriCorps, is known as R2OHP. WT is looking to recruit students from the university as well as students from Amarillo College, Frank Phillips College and Clarendon College.  

Retried teachers, counselors and other members of the community are also sought for the program.  

Selected parties will serve from January through July, often in their own communities. They will receive a month living allowance. At the end of their service, they will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to help pay for education expenses and qualified student loans.  

The program launched in Oct. 2020. Since then, members have worked in high schools at Hereford, Tulia, Randall, Midway, Pampa, Highland Park, Canyon and Friona.  

AmeriCorps members work with high school students on their post-graduation plans and future career paths. Members also serve at the Guyon Saunders Resource Center in Amarillo, helping adult learners work on literacy skills and earn GED diplomas.  

To qualify for the program, members must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and able to pass a background check. Those looking to apply should visit at my.americorps.gov where they will first need to make a profile.  

Nathan Giese, Muleshoe Journal

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