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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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Honoring George Floyd

No words feel adequate to describe the pain and grief our community is experiencing. George Floyd should still be with us. We see too many people’s lives stolen by systemic violence, be it through police violence, excessive force, or the inequities experienced by Minnesota’s communities of color and especially by Minnesota’s Black community

Our community is grieving & we honor that pain. We believe in the power of community-led action; we see every day the positive change our members bring through their service. While we recognize that many are shocked and hurting, we realize that there are different positions of proximity to this tragedy. Whatever your experience please be sure to care for yourself and for those around you. If you are in need of mental health support you can access free crisis resources from NAMI.

For our AmeriCorps members, please note that you have access to the Member Assistance Program (MAP) which provides free telehealth counseling and referrals from a licensed professional. Visit the Member Resource Hub to learn more. We thank our members, our partners, & everyone committed to building a better, equitable, and just community. May we honor George Floyd’s memory by supporting each other to build a better future.

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Sadie O’Connor, Managing Director

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Summer Service Sites Announced Across Minnesota

Summer Service Sites Announced Across Minnesota

Have you heard about the opportunity to serve this summer helping address urgent community needs related to COVID-19? As part of the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative, there are amazing opportunities throughout the state. In fact, AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative members will provide essential community support at more than 65 locations this summer!

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Design Your Life with a New Innovative Course

Design Your Life with a New Innovative Course

This story was published originally by ServeMinnesota.

Dean Kephart – the Vice President of Insight & Change at ServeMinnesota — has been practicing human-centered design, or design thinking, for nearly 10 years, after studying design thinking principles established by professors from Stanford University. His interest started when he was in community relations and education at Target Corporation and went along with a team of design thinking experts from Target to Joplin, Missouri, a small city devastated by an EF5 tornado. The team offered its time and expertise to help Joplin rebuild using the principals of human-centered design. Three years ago, Kephart was introduced to Designing Your Life, a book and lesson plan to take the principles of design thinking and refocus them to your own lives.

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Earn While You Learn

Earn While You Learn

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Program offers a unique opportunity to gain experience and advance your career. As a part of this program, you’ll serve in a PreK setting as a Minnesota Reading Corps Tutor, while also earning you CDA at no cost to you!

The CDA credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. It increases the member’s knowledge of current best practices for educating young children and qualifies individuals for many types of assistant teacher and preschool roles,

“Openings of these types of positions across the metro are predicted to grow by 16% in the upcoming years,” explains Alison Zellmer, Program Pilots Manager. “This training program will ensure that our PreK sites are supported and provided with qualified employees.”

The credential is also a great starting point for those who are interested in pursuing an Early Childhood Education degree. It can act as a key stepping stone for career advancement.

As part of this program, you will receive 120 hours of free training to earn your CDA credential, plus a stipend of $455 every two weeks. You will also earn an education award (up to $3,047) and qualify for federal student loan forbearance and interest repayment.

Join us for an info session to get started. All sessions are held at the Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave S., Minneapolis MN 55405.

  • Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 10 to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 10 to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you are unable to attend, please apply online for a Hennepin County position or a Ramsey County position. A recruiter will follow up upon receiving your application.

To learn more, please contact Alison Zellmer at [email protected].

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The Need is Now — Opportunities to Serve in Longfellow

The Need is Now — Opportunities to Serve in Longfellow

There has never been a better time to give back to your community! Reading & Math, Inc. (home of Reading Corps, Math Corps, Opportunity Corps and Recovery Corps) has 14 opportunities for Longfellow residents to serve with AmeriCorps and make an impact in their neighborhood. Through AmeriCorps you can:

  • Tackle the achievement gap by working to help students build skills and confidence
  • Work to bridge the opportunity gap by helping individuals find and keep good-paying jobs
  • Support those in recovery as they chart a new course in the community

Choose to serve 18, 25, 35 or 40 hours a week. While serving, members receive great perks like a stipend every two weeks, additional funds for housing assistance and up to $4,200 for college tuition or loans. Health insurance is available at no cost to members serving full-time (35+ hours a week) and childcare assistance is available to eligible families.

Current opportunities in Longfellow include the following sites:

To be part of meeting critical needs in Longfellow, visit the links above, email [email protected] or call 866-859-2825.

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National Service Recognition Day: Celebrate Your Service!

 

Tuesday, April 2nd, is National Service Recognition Day. On this day, local leaders take to social media, organize special events and issue official proclamations celebrating and recognizing the incredible impact AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps members have on their community and the nation.

As AmeriCorps members, you tackle one of our country’s toughest challenges educating the leaders of tomorrow! As a show of appreciation for your service, local Minnesota leaders have planned special recognition events to celebrate your dedication to get things done for struggling students. All AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members and alum who served in the following cities are invited to attend.

 

Minneapolis

April 2nd: 1 – 3 p.m. – City Hall Rotunda, 350 S. Fifth Street

Mayor Jacob Frey and local leadership will be hosting a program to give thanks to those members and alum who made a lasting impact on the city of Minneapolis. Refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP, visit the event registration page.

 

St. Paul

April 2nd: 3 – 4:30 p.m. – Blackstack Brewing, 755 Prior Avenue North

Record your experience via Story Mobile and join Mayor Melvin Carter for special remarks during this happy hour event for members and alum who gave their time to serve the schools of St. Paul. Refreshments will be provided.

To learn more, see the event flyer and RSVP on Facebook.

 

Duluth

April 7th: 1 – 2 p.m. – Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, 411 West First Street

Celebrate both National Service Recognition Day and National Volunteer Week (April 7 – 13) with Mayor Emily Larson. Mayor Larson will honor those amazing contributions by members and alum who made a difference for the city of Duluth.

To register, email Cheryl Skafte at [email protected] or call 218-730-4334.

 

Did you serve outside these cities and want to find National Service Recognition Day events in your area? Email us at [email protected] and we’ll get you more information!

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