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Thank you for your interest in the City of Lakes AmeriCorps program!  Applications for the 2022-23 program year are now open and available on My AmeriCorpsService Year and Handshake., with interviews usually beginning in early April, but year round for January 2023 to June 2023. Before you apply, please take time to explore this site to learn more about our program and see if we are a good fit for you.

City of Lakes AmeriCorps is one of the oldest AmeriCorps programs in the Twin Cities serving since 1994. For over 25 years, our members have served the youth of Minneapolis as tutors, out-of-school enrichment leaders, and positive adult role models who inspire youth to reach their full potential. City of Lakes members serve in middle schools throughout the Minneapolis Public Schools district providing academic support and after school enrichment opportunities for long-term English Learners.

Our program offers an inside experience in an urban school district. Members are integrated into their school’s staff and collaborate closely with teachers and program coordinators in serving students. Throughout this process, members receive a full picture of the challenges of an inner city education system, as well as many solutions and approaches schools are taking to close the achievement gap. Members also build strong relationships with some incredible young people, and through this, get a better understanding of what it’s like to grow up in the city with the status of being an immigrant and/or living in poverty.

Member Development is a key component of our program, and City of Lakes does this through a cohort learning experience. Members serve with one to five other members at a site, and frequently work together to achieve program goals. Additionally, members come together as a full corps at least monthly for skills training and to further process and reflect on their service experience. Members who enjoy group discussion and approach their year with a growth mindset flourish in this setting.

If you are interested in a unique, hands-on experience within the area of Education, Middle School, English as a Second Language, and/or Youth Work, our program could be a great fit for you! However, if this is not the experience you're looking for, I encourage you to look over this AmeriCorps program for a broader picture of the types of ways in which you could serve.

Feel free to reach out to myself or any CoL staff member if you have any questions this site does not answer. If you decide to continue with the application process, be sure to also read over the process and application instructions. It will give you a clear idea of what to expect along the way.

Hope to see you soon!

Gaozouapa Vue, AmeriCorps Programs


Non-Discrimination Policy

City of Lakes AmeriCorps and Minneapolis Public Schools are committed to the inclusion of all individual without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, or religious, community, social affiliates, or other non-merit factors.
Reasonable accommodations available for interviews and service upon request. 
This information can be made available in alternative formats if requested.
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