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Congressman Cuellar Encourages Youth to Apply for the FEMA Corps

Program Application Deadline is October 31st

Laredo, TX Congressman Henry Cuellar encouraged people between the ages of 18 to 24 years to apply for the FEMA Corps Winter 2013 session. As part of AmeriCorps, National Civilian Community Corps, the FEMA Corps is a 10 month residential program that seeks to engage young people in projects that help out communities across the nation who have been affected by disasters. Participants are assigned to teams of up to 12 people and are expected to complete 4 to 6 projects during their term particularly designed to assist FEMA in their disaster assistance and recovery efforts.

“This is a great opportunity for students coming out of high school, college, and graduate school to have first hands on experience with a federal agency while developing their leadership skills and providing services to disadvantaged communities. The program also provides an opportunity to engage in the community, learn a different perspective of people affected by disasters, immerse in cultural exchange, and influence positively other members of society”, Congressman Cuellar said.

Some of the benefits offered to FEMA Corps participants include a monthly stipend to cover living expenses throughout the program and health insurance. Members who successfully complete the 10 month commitment are eligible to receive the AmeriCorps Education Award, which can help to repay student loans and related costs at qualified institutions of higher education and training programs. The application deadline for next year’s FEMA Corps class is October 31, 2012. For more information about this or other AmeriCorps programs please call 1-800-942-2677 or visit their website at


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