By: Lanetra Bennett
October 14, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - A group of local young people are trained and ready to serve the community.
Judge Barbara Hobbs swore in 18 new members into the AmeriCorps Monday afternoon.
AmeriCorps consists of local and national nonprofit community service groups. Tallahassee's members perform 900 hours of community service by tutoring and mentoring low income students in Leon County Schools. Administrators say it will increase student preparedness and performance.
Windreaka Butler was sworn in. She says, "It feels awesome because we're going to have the opportunity to help young people and mentor them, encourage them, and help them grow in school."
The members went through two weeks of intensive training. They are CPR certified and are also available to answer the call to services should a national disaster occur, and will perform other acts of community service within the Leon County area.
For more information on AmeriCorps, visit, http://www.volunteerflorida.org/national-service/americorps/