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Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

With COVID-19 continuing to be a threat to public health and safety, AmeriCorps is stepping up to help slow the spread with a new case investigator/contact tracer position this September. “To slow the spread of COVID-19, we need to follow where the virus may be spreading in our communities,” says Sadie O’Connor, managing director of Reading & Math, Inc. “Case investigation and contact tracing is essential because it helps to quickly identify people who should stay home and away from others.”

Suzanne PagelSlowing the Spread of COVID-19
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Be a Force of Nature: Announcing Community Forestry Corps

Be a Force of Nature: Announcing Community Forestry Corps

We’re excited to help launch a new strategic initiative of ServeMinnesota in September! Developed by a climate design team, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Department of Forestry, Minnesota Green Corps and Tree Trust, the Community Forestry Corps will engage a team of AmeriCorps members in the preservation and revitalization of Minnesota’s forests.

Suzanne PagelBe a Force of Nature: Announcing Community Forestry Corps
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Teaming up to help young learners thrive

Minnesota Reading Corps is excited to partner with three great organizations to provide 5,000 learning kits for families in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. With over 200,000 children in the metro area living in households with incomes at or around poverty levels, the PNC Foundation, Kids in Need Foundation, Science Museum of Minnesota and Reading Corps aim to ensure that all children, regardless of their circumstances, have access to quality learning materials. 

Suzanne PagelTeaming up to help young learners thrive
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Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth originated in Texas where on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 200,000 enslaved people in Texas learned they were no longer property of their enslavers.

It became tradition to celebrate freedom every year around this time. Today as we celebrate Juneteenth, we examine our country’s past and work for a more equitable future. 

Whether this is your first Juneteenth Celebration or a familiar tradition, we’ve curated resources to help you reflect, connect and celebrate.

Suzanne PagelCelebrating Juneteenth
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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 Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or SNAP benefits. Click here to see how, financially, AmeriCorps can be a better option than hourly employment.

Suzanne PagelLaunch Your Career with AmeriCorps
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#TBT: Our Stories of Service

#TBT: Our Stories of Service

As we celebrate AmeriCorps Week and 25 years of AmeriCorps members getting things done, it’s the perfect time for a throwback Thursday featuring some of our staff reflecting on their time as an AmeriCorps Member.

Suzanne Pagel#TBT: Our Stories of Service
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AmeriCorps in Minnesota: Making an Impact

AmeriCorps in Minnesota: Making an Impact

This year marks 25 years of AmeriCorps! And during AmeriCorps Week, what better time to reflect on the impact of National Service in our state?

Suzanne PagelAmeriCorps in Minnesota: Making an Impact
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Reading Corps Tutors Can Now Earn a CDA Through This New Program

Reading Corps tutors who are interested in the field of early childhood development now have another great reason to serve: the opportunity to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential at no cost. The benefit is set up in a way that provides support while getting the CDA and makes earning the credential simple and affordable.

“Traditionally, if you wanted to get your CDA, you’d have to find a place to get classroom experience,” said Alison Zellmar, Associate Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships for Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps. “Candidates are then faced with finding a place to get training, signing up for a verification visit and completing a portfolio on their own,” she continued. “In all, it would cost you about $2,500.”

Inspired by a similar project developed by Michigan Reading Corps, the Minnesota program launched last fall with a target audience of candidates new to the field of childcare and early childhood education. “We wanted to utilize the structure already in our program, and then add a little bit more, so that members have a very coherent and clear path to getting their credential,” Zellmer said. By participating in the program, people get classroom experience, 120 hours of training and an easy pathway to earning the CDA credential. “All they have to do is show up,” she said. “We take care of the logistics, and provide provide support around preparing your portfolio.”

The nationally-recognized credential prepares people for a career in early childhood and prepares them to work in classrooms with students. It is considered the first step in training for an early childhood development career. Sadie O’Connor, Managing Director of Reading Corps and Math Corps, said the CDA program will ultimately help to create a pipeline of qualified and highly effective educators to classrooms across the state.

“We’re excited to launch this new initiative to provide our Reading Corps tutors with a pathway into early childhood teaching,” O’Connor said. “The experience of being a tutor with our program along with the additional training we’ll provide to earn their CDA will position these candidates to be prepared to be highly effective early childhood educators.”

Do you have questions about applying for the Reading Corps CDA program? Contact Alison Jirik at alison.jirik@servetogrow.org.

shayla@serveminnesota.orgReading Corps Tutors Can Now Earn a CDA Through This New Program
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A New Data Management System for Math Corps Offers Increased Data Gathering Power

A New Data Management System for Math Corps Offers Increased Data Gathering Power

In 2015, schools were given the chance to begin using a sophisticated data management system (or DMS) to track students in Reading Corps’ progress and outcomes, and now, schools will have the same opportunity to do so with students in Math Corps as a new Math Corps Data Management system (MCDMS) launches across Minnesota this fall.

shayla@serveminnesota.orgA New Data Management System for Math Corps Offers Increased Data Gathering Power
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Math Corps Students Get a New High-Tech Way to Boost Fact Fluency

Math Corps Students Get a New High-Tech Way to Boost Fact Fluency

Remember the commercial, “There’s an app for that”? Math Corps tutors are about to start quoting it quite a bit as a new math app (which will eventually receive a more creative name) rolls out over the next school year.

The app was a natural way to help deliver math interventions, said Benjamin Swift, the information systems expert who has helped develop the new app for Math Corps.

shayla@serveminnesota.orgMath Corps Students Get a New High-Tech Way to Boost Fact Fluency
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