WHAT IS AMERICORPS?
AmeriCorps, often called the “domestic Peace Corps,” is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.
Each year, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for 75,000 Americans to give back to their communities and country through dedicated national service. Since its creation in 1994, more than one million Americans have served their communities through the AmeriCorps program.
About 2,100 individuals are serving with AmeriCorps programs in Minnesota this year. Most serve as tutors with Minnesota Reading Corps or Minnesota Math Corps.
WHAT IS MINNESOTA READING CORPS?
Minnesota Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that is helping more than 30,000 Minnesota children, age 3 to grade 3, become successful readers each year. Tutors provide small group or one-on-one instruction to help struggling learners transform into confident students – something that translates into all areas of their life. Tutors provide consistent, daily tutoring, and receive rigorous training plus ongoing literacy coaching throughout the year.
WHAT IS MINNESOTA MATH CORPS?
Minnesota Math Corps is an AmeriCorps program that is helping more than 5,000 Minnesota students in grade 4-8, succeed in math each year. Tutors provide evidence-based interventions to pairs of struggling students to help them build the math skills and confidence they need to succeed in high school algebra, a course correlated with graduation, college enrollment, and higher paying careers. Tutors receive rigorous training and receive ongoing coaching throughout the year.
WHO CAN JOIN?
People from all backgrounds and many stages of life can apply to be a tutor – from recent high school or college grads to career changers to retirees. Applicants participate in a highly competitive selection process to serve with local schools and early learning centers.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
· Be at least 18 years of age (no upper age limit!)
· Have at least a high school diploma or GED
· Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
Tutors will receive comprehensive training before they begin service, so no prior teaching experience is necessary! Qualified applicants must have a desire to help students succeed, be dedicated and flexible, and have strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain quality working relationships with students and school staff.
We believe that all individuals who are qualified and want to serve their community should have the opportunity to do so. Our staff works with disability organizations, colleges and universities, and the community to spread the word and ensure that our programs are as inclusive as possible.
AmeriCorps is committed to the inclusion of qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, or other non-merit factors.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SERVING?
Tutors receive a modest living allowance and an education award ($5,815 for full-time service) to pay for higher education or to repay qualified student loans. Tutors 55+ may choose to gift their education award to their child, grandchild, step child, or foster child. During their service, tutors may be eligible for student loan forbearance, health insurance, and child care assistance.
Tutors also participate in training, create career connections, and develop marketable skills, while making a real difference in people’s lives. Service with Reading Corps and Math Corps is an awesome adventure and an experience of a lifetime.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Tutors commit to serving every school day for the school year. Tutors can choose between positions serving an average of 45, 35, or 25 hours per week, depending on the location. We are currently hiring for positions starting August 20, 2017. Tutors must be available for training in Minneapolis August 22-25.
WHERE DO TUTORS SERVE?
Reading Corps tutors serve in early learning centers and elementary schools. Math Corps tutors serve in elementary, middle, and junior high schools. Service opportunities exist in communities across Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro and small, medium, and large cities in Greater Minnesota. Check out the Reading Corps map and Math Corps map to find sites in your area.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE?
- Click here to watch videos of our tutors in action.
- Click here to apply.
- Learn more about AmeriCorps in Minnesota