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We Are AmeriCorps in Minnesota
ServeMinnesota is the state's designated recipient of funding for the AmeriCorps program, often referred to as "the domestic Peace Corps". We administer a portfolio of 12 AmeriCorps programs with more than 1,500 AmeriCorps members addressing a variety of critical human needs spanning educational achievement, economic opportunity and environmental protection. Nearly 1000 sites across the state are hosting an AmeriCorps member this year. These sites include schools, local nonprofits and community organizations.
ServeMinnesota's primary strategic goal is to invest its AmeriCorps resources in a manner that achieves the greatest impact on solving critical issues for the state — thereby serving as a catalyst for positive social change in Minnesota. We align the power of AmeriCorps with successful approaches that provide cost-effective solutions and yield measurable results. By applying evidence-based practices, bringing scale to what works and demonstrating positive outcomes, we have a formula for increased impact.
Our education initiatives combine the power of AmeriCorps with proven learning methods to help thousands of children achieve grade level proficiency in reading and math — two critical indicators for future success. Without AmeriCorps resources, thousands of children would not receive the critical interventions they need to succeed in school and life.
- Minnesota Reading Corps
Our largest strategic initiative, Minnesota Reading Corps, is a breakthrough program that is changing academic outcomes for thousands of students. The program combines the power of national service with literacy science to deliver proven approaches that help struggling learners transform into confident students – something that translates into all areas of their lives. Minnesota Reading Corps began in 2003, serving just 250 children. Since then, the program has helped more than 170,000 struggling readers, age 3 to grade 3, get ready for Kindergarten and on track for third grade reading. Today there are more than 1,400 AmeriCorps members helping more than 30,000 students become successful readers each year.
- Minnesota Math Corps
In 2007, recognizing that the Minnesota Reading Corps model of combining the people power of AmeriCorps with the science of how children learn could be applied to other academic areas, the ServeMinnesota Board of Directors endorsed the creation of Minnesota Math Corps. Math Corps was launched by a community-wide planning process in the St. Cloud School District that identified the achievement gap in math as a district priority. Through partnerships and collaborations with other districts seeking to address the same need, Math Corps has expanded to 175 schools in 90 districts across the state. This year, Math Corps tutors are delivering evidence-based interventions to help 5,000 Minnesota students in grades 4 through 8 build and maintain foundational math skills.
Demonstrating the power of national service to solve complex social problems.
ServeMinnesota is a catalyst to address critical needs in Minnesota by working with AmeriCorps and community partners. We share our proven practices nationally.
We get measurable results through:
- Innovation: researching and applying the best data-driven methods to create powerful local solutions
- Investment: raising and allocating funds for AmeriCorps program development, and people serving in those programs, to maximize return
- Alignment: aligning with local community and government priorities and setting consistent program standards to ensure measureable results