Minnesota Reading Corps & Minnesota Math Corps Blog

Launch Your Career with AmeriCorps

Service with AmeriCorps is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and give back to your community. As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll increase your monthly income and build new skills while opening up new career pathways. AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend, which, unlike an hourly wage, does not reduce SNAP benefits. Connect with your counselor to learn more about AmeriCorps service and the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).

AmeriCorps is a national service program often referred to as the “Domestic Peace Corps.” Here in Minnesota, more than 2,000 individuals are serving in more than 200 communities statewide. People who join AmeriCorps commit to a year of service in exchange for a modest living stipend and an education award to help pay for tuition or student loans. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.

  • Service in AmeriCorps programs is considered Paid Work Experience, which is a core activity.
  • AmeriCorps living stipends are only considered included income for MFIP participant’s qualifications if the amount is more than minimum wage.*
  • Counties should record both income received and hours of participation in AmeriCorps programs in the MAXIS system.

*For the 2021 – 2022 program year, thanks to additional funding provided through the American Rescue Plan, most program positions receive a higher living stipend this year which does impact MFIP, DWP, GA, CCAP, and GRH benefits. See DHS policy manual for more details.

To join AmeriCorps, you must meet these minimum qualifications by the time you begin your service:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be a citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Agree to and successfully complete a background check

Program Options

Reading is the foundation of all learning — but in Minnesota, nearly half of our students struggle to read at grade level. As a literacy, you’ll help students gain the skills they need to thrive. Our tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with students age 3 to grade 3. No experience? No problem! You’ll receive great training and support to help kids build their skills and confidence. Service with Reading Corps is a great springboard for careers in education – many tutors go on to become aides, paraprofessionals and teachers. 

Learn more and by clicking one of the links below:

Family Child Care Positions
Preschool Tutor Positions
Reading Tutor Positions
Scholar Coach Positions

In Minnesota, nearly half our students are not proficient in math. This means too many students lack the skills needed for college or career. As a math tutor, you can help these students gain the skills they need to thrive. Our tutors work with pairs or small groups of students between 4th and 8th grade to master fundamental math skills. No experience? No problem! Math Corps provides comprehensive training in strategies proven to help students build math skills.

Learn more and apply for Math Corps positions

Minnesota has one of the largest employment gaps in the nation. Bridge the gap and support adults in your community to help make their career goals a reality. As an Opportunity Navigator, work one-on-one or in small groups to help people get and sustain good jobs. Your experience with Opportunity Corps will prepare you to earn your GCDF or CCSP – certifications widely used in the fields of human services, career advising and workforce development.

Learn more and apply for Opportunity Corps positions

Many Minnesotans do not have enough support to live a healthy life in recovery. By becoming a Recovery Navigator with Minnesota Recovery Corps, you can change that. You’ll support people with the goals they have related to their recovery: housing, job search, wellness, school, finance and community building. Serving and training with Recovery Corps prepares you to earn your certification as a peer recovery support specialist – a growing need in the field of addiction care. 

Learn more and apply for Recovery Corps positions

Important Dates & Benefits

Reading Corps & Math Corps

HoursApply ByStart DateStipend Ed AwardHealth InsuranceChild Care
1812/151/17$450$1,342
2512/151/17$650$1,678
3512/151/17$900$2,417YesYes

Opportunity Corps & Recovery Corps

HoursApply ByStart DateStipend Ed AwardHealth InsuranceChild Care
4012/291/17$1,100$4,441YesYes

Questions?

Contact Chris Erickson at [email protected] or 612-524-9228.

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