AmeriCorps in Action

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.

“I graduated from Macalester College in May with a degree in neuroscience,” Maeghan explains. “During senior year I worked at a school in St. Paul which made me realize that education was where I really wanted to be. Unfortunately, my job was cut and I needed to find a new way to get my foot in the door.”

Schools weren’t hiring so Maeghan turned to her college career center to ask for help. That’s when she learned about Reading Corps. “It was exactly what I wanted to do. And it just fell in my lap when I didn’t know what was next.”
Maeghan started tutoring at Kenny Community School in the Minneapolis Public School District this fall. She is especially grateful that Reading Corps has been steady and consistent. “Graduating in the middle of a pandemic isn’t fun,” Maeghan shares. “But my hours are decided, my stipend is set and there is work to do. Some of my friends aren’t as lucky.”

The Minneapolis Public School District is executing the Distance Learning Model, so Maeghan’s experience so far looks a bit different than usual. Lessons are done over video using Google Classroom and Jamboard (a virtual, interactive whiteboard). “It’s really about meeting the kids where they are both academically and in terms of what they are capable of on their computer,” explains Maeghan. “Taking the time to build relationships with them has also helped them become more comfortable with distance learning.”  

Monday through Friday, Maeghan meets with her students virtually. “It’s the best part of the day,” she says. “I’m so proud when my students notice they are making progress and are happy about it! That’s when they realize the work we are doing together is valuable.”

Maeghan is just 3 months into service and she is already encouraging others to join her. “If you are considering a year of service, why not take the plunge? These kids are eager and willing to improve their skills – you can help get them there.”

There are still opportunities to serve starting in January. Are you ready to join the team? Learn more and apply on our website.

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