Phill Hall

From Reading Tutor to a Career in Sustainability, Reading Corps alum continues to focus on the future.

From Reading Tutor to a Career in Sustainability, Reading Corps alum continues to focus on the future.

How does an environmental science graduate get established in a new community and build a bridge to their next professional opportunity? For Jackie Maahs, the answer was a service year with Reading Corps! “Reading Corps was just a really good fit for me,” she explains. “You’re serving in the schools and schools are really the heart of the community.” 

Phill HallFrom Reading Tutor to a Career in Sustainability, Reading Corps alum continues to focus on the future.
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Mom Begins a New Chapter as Son Starts School

Mom Begins a New Chapter as Son Starts School

Guest Blog by Amy Schiemer
Reading Tutor, Farmington, Minnesota

I was a stay-at-home mom to a special needs five-year-old boy. As we got ready for him to start kindergarten, I began to wonder what was next for me. With other adults taking care of him for 7 hours a day, what was I supposed to do? Should I stay home in case something happened at school, and he needs me? Should I get a full-time job that would have me working nights or weekends away from my family? No to all of it.

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Summer Service Sites Announced Across Minnesota

Summer Service Sites Announced Across Minnesota

Summer service sites have just been announced for our returning Emergency Response Initiative. Although the rollout of vaccinations has lessened the initial damage of COVID, many communities still need help recovering from the pandemic fallout. ERI members will provide much needed support at 224 locations in communities across Minnesota. 

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A Summer of Service with AmeriCorps’ Emergency Response Initiative Helps Community and Members

A Summer of Service with AmeriCorps’ Emergency Response Initiative Helps Community and Members

Katherine Ichinose, a Junior at St. Olaf, had been looking for a way to help her community during the onset of COVID-19. Her plans for the summer had been nullified due to the pandemic, and community support became her paramount objective. This is when she found AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative (ERI). ERI was launched last summer in an effort to provide needed support to nonprofits, community, and government organizations to keep their vital resources available to the community. For Katherine, ERI was the perfect opportunity to support her community. 

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Growing Future Teachers

Growing Future Teachers

In collaboration with The University of Minnesota, Reading Corps is offering an exciting new pathway to becoming a teacher. “In Minnesota, only 1 in 20 teachers are BIPOC compared to 1 in 3 students.” said Alison Zellmer, Associate Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships. “This, coupled with the growing teacher shortages across the state, inspired us to develop a partnership to help narrow the gap.” 

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