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The Role of AmeriCorps Members

 

To get a comprehensive view of what City of Lakes AmeriCorps members do, read our Full-time English Language Development Tutor Service Position Description, and our Part-time Youth Worker Service Description, then explore the details provided below.

 

The 5Ws of CoL Service

WHO do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve?
WHAT do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members do with students?
WHEN do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve?
WHERE do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve?
WHY do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve?

 

 

WHO do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve?

Members serve middle grade students in Minneapolis Public Schools.

Full-time tutors serve students identified as Long-Term English Learners (LTELs). Minneapolis Public Schools identifies LTELs as students classified as English Learners  for five or more years. Click here for more information on Long-Term English Learners.
 

Part-time youth workers serve students involved in their school’s afterschool enrichment program, including students identified as LTELs.


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WHAT do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members do with students?


Each full-time tutor provides a caseload of students with literacy and language-based, small-group tutoring using the English 3D curriculum developed by Dr. Kate Kinsella, the nation’s leading scholar on the instruction and achievement of secondary English Learners. Tutors also support students in their mainstream classes, collaborating closely with content, English language, and reading teachers to ensure a cohesive approach in meeting students’ individual learning needs. To reinforce the home-school connection, tutors regularly communicate with students’ families via newsletters, email, and telephone, as well as organize and host Family Nights throughout the year. Additionally, tutors partner with Community Education to support classes during out-of-school time (after school and during the summer). These classes aim to reinforce literacy skills in unique and engaging ways.


Each part-time youth worker provides high-quality out-of-school time programming (after school and during the summer) to support students’ academic and social-emotional development. Youth workers utilize Youth Development best practices to provide engaging, hands-on learning opportunities for students to explore their world and gain new skills. City of Lakes youth workers collaborate with Minneapolis Community Education staff and fellow members to create and lead classes focused on athletics, artistic expression, the humanities, community service and life skills, with a priority on involving LTELs in these classes. Part time youth workers also provide in-class tutoring to LTELs in their mainstream classes and assist in hosting Family Nights.

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WHEN do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve?


Full-time tutors serve the full duration of the academic school day, Mondays through Thursdays,  as well as one hour after school at least once a week. The academic day varies from school to school, but hours will always be between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. After-school programming begins immediately after the end of the academic day.


Part-time youth workers serve after school Mondays through Thursdays. The after-school period varies from school to school, but hours will always be between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. In-class tutoring is also part of the part-time member’s schedule, and will be determined based on member availability and student need.  

 

Full- and part-time members come together on Fridays for ongoing technical training and Corps Days. Technical trainings include the English 3D curriculum and skills needed for service. Corps Days are designed to be responsive to member needs, to provide support, and to deepen member experience through reflection.

 

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WHERE do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve?


City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve at K-8 and 6-8 school sites across the Minneapolis Public School District. Sites for the 2016-2017 school year are: Andersen United Community School, Anne Sullivan Communication Center, Hmong International Academy, Northeast Middle School, Ramsey Middle School, Sanford Middle School, and Seward Montessori.

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WHY do City of Lakes AmeriCorps members serve?

Our members serve to support Long-Term English Learners in a public school system, and to engage in service, reflection and inquiry. According to former City of Lakes Americorp members:


“IF 1) you believe public education is a driving factor in creating greater social equality, and you're willing to work to that end; 2) you want to find more ways to participate in and positively impact your communities; 3) you know all this takes hard work; then DO IT."


"If you're trying to decide if education/youth work is the right field for you, this program is a great opportunity to learn new skills, get lots of practice, and figure out if you feel passionate about working with youth."

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