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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. 

Phill HallA Summer of Service with AmeriCorps’ Emergency Response Initiative Helps Community and Members
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Serve this Summer with the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative

Serve this Summer with the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative

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. 

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Thank You, Members: AmeriCorps Week 2021

Thank You, Members: AmeriCorps Week 2021

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. 

Suzanne PagelThank You, Members: AmeriCorps Week 2021
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Math Corps Matters

Math Corps Matters

This story was published originally by ServeMinnesota.

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.”

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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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Plan Now for Fall 2021

Plan Now for Fall 2021

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.

Suzanne PagelPlan Now for Fall 2021
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Making a Difference During a Time of Uncertainty

Making a Difference During a Time of Uncertainty

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.

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Supporting Students from a Distance

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.  

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