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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.