City of Lakes AmeriCorps members gain unparalleled hands-on experience fully immersed in a school setting working directly with students, teachers, families, and fellow corps members. If you are interested in developing your professional and interpersonal skills while exploring the fields of education and youth development within the context of a large urban school system, City of Lakes is the program for you!
City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve in middle schools in the Minneapolis Public Schools district. Members are part of a teacher team providing academic support to a caseload of Long-Term English Learners in classrooms throughout the school day. Members also offer after school enrichment opportunities to students and maintain ongoing regular communications with students' families. Our ability to support the academic and developmental needs of our students depends upon the one-on-one relationships members build with their students and is at the heart of all that we do.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
City of Lakes program staff are dedicated to building a strong corps community, to providing the training members need to succeed, and helping members navigate the school system of MPS. The training members receive is focused on transferable skills essential to both professional and interpersonal realms.
High School Graduate
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Applicants must meet City of Lakes AmeriCorps program eligibility requirements.
Must be a US citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must have a high school diploma/GED and related work/volunteer experience OR concurrently enrolled in a post-secondary education-related degree program (youth development, teacher preparation, school social work, etc.)
Must pass both an MPS and AmeriCorps background check –a murder conviction or being registered on a sex offender registry will disqualify you from service. Any other results on a criminal history check will not automatically disqualify you! Things such as how long ago the incident occurred, whether a minor was involved, or whether the incident involved violence will be considered when determining eligibility for service.
Ability to speak, read and write English fluently
Interest in education, specifically helping adolescent English Learners develop language and literacy skills
Ability to work with students in a variety of physical spaces (moving frequently within a classroom and around the school)
Ability to supervise groups of up to 15 students independently
Ability to build and nurture positive relationships with adolescents
Excellent interpersonal and professional communication skills
Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from supervisors and program staff
Excellent time management and decision-making skills
Ability to work with diverse personalities
General computer skills, including ability to navigate online systems and email
Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity
Ability to adapt to a sometimes challenging, high-pressure environment
Commitment to community service
SOMALI, SPANISH, HMONG, OROMO AND OTHER SECOND LANUAGE SPEAKERS ARE PARTICULARLY DESIRED.
English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check