We’re always working hard to make service more accessible and thanks to special one-time funding from the American Rescue Plan, we are excited to announce increased stipends for our members. Although AmeriCorps members are not compensated on an hourly basis, for the 2021-22 program year, their stipends will increase to be comparable to an average of $15 per hour served.
Suzanne PagelAnnouncing Higher Member Stipends for 2021-22
Minnesota is experiencing the greatest housing shortage in decades and many people do not have access to stable housing. Increases in both home prices and rents are outpacing wage growth and leaving fewer options for those at median and low income levels. This housing crisis has only been exacerbated by the pandemic.
We’re excited to launch a new initiative designed to help Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals interested in pursuing careers in education. The Emerging Educators program will help put individuals on a path to classroom careers through training, mentoring and in-school experience.
“Approximately 34% of Minnesota students are kids of color, while only 5% of their teachers come from racially diverse backgrounds,” said Alison Zellmer, Director of Emerging Programs. “Studies show that having more racial diversity among teachers is incredibly beneficial for students of color. Those benefits include improved reading and math test scores, better graduation rates and increased interest in attending college, and are our driving force for doing this work.”
Emerging Educators will serve as Reading Corps tutors at Minneapolis and St. Paul area schools beginning in July 2021. While gaining experience and training with Reading Corps, tutors will receive mentoring and support to help them in the next steps to becoming an educator.
Term of Service: July 26 – June 16 Stipend: $835 every two weeks Health Insurance: Individual coverage with no monthly premium Education Award: $4,300 for tuition or student loans
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.
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.
Phill HallMom Begins a New Chapter as Son Starts School
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.
Phill HallSummer Service Sites Announced Across Minnesota
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.”
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.