Lee's Summit resident Brandon Gutteridge is graduating from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps this month.
The Nov. 13 ceremony for the North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa, marks the end of a 10-month service that began in February 2013 for Gutteridge.
He is one of 160 corps members and team leaders who served in teams of 10-12 and were deployed across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
AmeriCorps community service projects target five focus areas: the environment, energy conservation, disasters, infrastructure improvement and urban and rural development. Teams completed 110 service projects with 85 different project sponsors in Midwest.
Service included performing prairie restoration, invasive species removal and prescribed burns with various conservation agencies, assisting with educational activities for youth at YMCA camps and Boys and Girls clubs; assisting construction with Habitat for Humanity; and assisting flood recovery efforts in and outside the region.
The members, 18-24, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the program and in exchange, they receive $5,550 to help pay for college or to pay school loans.