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.
Phill HallA Summer of Service with AmeriCorps’ Emergency Response Initiative Helps Community and Members
COVID-19 has had an incredible impact on our state. The pandemic has increased the need for supportive services, food, shelter and so much more. As our schools, nonprofits and communities continue to work together to meet urgent needs, AmeriCorps is here to help.
NewsServe this Summer with the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative
This AmeriCorps Week, we’re celebrating members who get things done for their communities! It’s been a challenging year and you’ve navigated a pandemic, three learning models and fluid community needs. Your commitment, flexibility and selflessness do not go unnoticed. Although we can’t be together to celebrate this week, our team wanted to share their thoughts as we celebrate you.
When Daniel Winker’s test scores made it clear that the Burnsville fifth-grader was struggling with math last year, his mom, Talitha, didn’t waste a moment. “I was concerned that he’d fall farther behind and get further disconnected,” she said. “The pandemic meant that he’d miss the face-to-face assistance he was used to receiving.”
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.”
We know September is a ways off, but it is never too early to start planning for the year ahead! The 2021-22 Reading Corps and Math Corps application is officially open and we are looking for great people to help Minnesota kids build their skills and confidence.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Phill HallService In Memory: Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
As a recent graduate with a degree in neuroscience, Maeghan Sullivan entered the workforce during a global pandemic and economic downturn. Serving with Reading Corps has enabled Maeghan to pivot with purpose.
Suzanne PagelMaking a Difference During a Time of Uncertainty
We’re excited to share we’ve partnered with ServeMinnesota to launch a new initiative to help more kids build their skills and confidence! Scholar Squad offers one-on-one, online tutoring for Minnesota students in PreK-8th grade.
Suzanne PagelOnline tutoring from Reading Corps and Math Corps
With so much uncertainty surrounding the school year, Reading and Math Corps tutors are needed more than ever to support our students. Kim Nelson, a reading tutor at Sawtooth Mountain Elementary in Grand Marais, is an example of one tutor working to change the lives of the students she works with. “Kim adds so much as a tutor,” says principal Megan Myers. “We’re so thankful to have her!”
Before becoming a tutor in October 2019, Kim’s own life was changed by cancer and autoimmune disease diagnosis a few years prior. After multiple battles overcoming what doctors said was a 38% chance to live, Kim returned to the professional world and eventually found out about the opportunity to tutor in Grand Marais through a Facebook ad.
Reading Corps and Math Corps combine the people power of AmeriCorps and the science of learning to provide a solution to help narrow achievement gaps and help students become successful learners by the end of third and eighth grade.