PUBLISHED: 5:44 PM on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
AmeriCorps volunteers help build Ketchikan youth center
KETCHIKAN - Thirteen AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members based out of Sacramento, Calif. are aiding in construction efforts to build a new community building as well as act as leaders for youth at The Boys and Girls Club.

The Corps Members are partnering with the Ketchikan Youth Initiative to take action to renovate a 100 year old building downtown into a welcoming center for youth activities. This space will also be used by small non-profits who provide support for Ketchikan youth.

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  AmeriCorps volunteers Beth Morris, Danette Bordenkircher, Angelina Moya and and Whitney Harvey clean up the work site in Ketchikan.
Ketchikan Youth Initiative was formed four years ago to bring adults and youth together to strengthen bonds and the community as a whole. Thus, a couple active citizens recruited both adults and youth to promote youth participation and leadership. Ketchikan Youth Initiative describes its mission: "To empower the community by fostering and funding youth and young adult initiatives designed to create a constructive social environment." The NCCC team is enthusiastic to aid in working toward this goal.

Corps Member Megan Woodward states, "We are excited to be the first AmeriCorps NCCC team to help the youth of Ketchikan. We hope our efforts enrich no only their lives, but also the entire community."

AmeriCorps*NCCC is part of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs created to improve the environment, education, increase public safety, and assist with disaster relief and other unmet human needs. The Western Region campus, located in Sacramento, serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, the territories of Guam and Samoa, and the Gulf Coast region. The Western Region campus is one of four campuses in the United States; the others are located in Perry Point, Md., Vinton, Iowa and Denver, Colo.

NCCC members, 18-24, must complete at least 1700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $4,725 to help pay for college or to pay school loans. Other benefits include leadership development, team building skills, increased self-confidence and the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a real difference in communities across the country.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For information about AmeriCorps call 1-800-942-2677 or visit the website at