Meet Our Members

Closing the Opportunity Gap for Language Learners

City Of Lakes AmeriCorps

Nearly one quarter (24.3%) of students in the Minneapolis Public School District are English Language Learners (ELLs), including Long Term English Learners (LTELs) and recent immigrants. LTELs have been enrolled in American schools for several years, but are not progressing toward academic English proficiency which creates a barrier for learning in other subjects. 

A college degree opens doors to economic growth, equality, and social mobility. Low-income and first-generation college-bound students face significant barriers to attaining a degree and these correlated outcomes. In fact, a low-income student is ten times less likely to earn a college degree than an upper-income student. Since 2000, College Possible has been helping low-income students build brighter futures by connecting them to the resources needed to succeed in college. 

Preserving the Minnesota Landscape

Minnesota GreenCorps

When citizens get involved and take ecofriendly actions, real change happens for Minnesota communities. Across the state, 40 Minnesota GreenCorps members have partnered with local organizations to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while also participating in training to become the next generation of environmental professionals. 

 

 

 

GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS - LEAP INITIATIVE HELPS PREK STUDENTS PREPARE FOR KINDERGARTEN

AmeriCorps LEAP Initiative

AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potential) Initiative serves the littlest learners to help them start school on a positive note. The LEAP Initiative, a partnership between ServeMinnesota and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, places AmeriCorps members in preschool classrooms and nonprofit organizations to support the social and emotional development of PreK children. 

 

 

 

Opening doors to economic opportunity

Minnesota Opportunity Corps

Minnesota Opportunity Corps is an initiative of ServeMinnesota and partner organizations across the Twin Cities metro area with a goal to facilitate advancement and economic empowerment for populations experiencing barriers to employment. Each year, about 30 AmeriCorps members are placed in community organizations as Employment Navigators

 

 

Creating Connections

Minnesota Alliance For Youth - Promise Fellows

Nearly 1 in 5 Minnesota high school students (18%) drop out before graduation and, as a result, are likely to experience lifelong negative consequences including unemployment and poverty. The dropout rates for students of color and low income students are dramatically higher, resulting in some of the worst achievement gaps in the nation. 

Helping Children Get Ready to Learn in Kindergarten

PreK Reading Corps

Across Minnesota, 1 in 4 children is entering Kindergarten unprepared. Students who start behind will likely struggle to catch up throughout their academic career. Minnesota Reading Corps partners with elementary schools, Head Start centers, community preschools, and Family Child Care sites to help PreK students build the early literacy and social-emotional skills needed to transition successfully to Kindergarten. Since 2003, Minnesota Reading Corps has helped more than 47,000 PreK children get off to a positive start. 

Mentors ensure youth are prepared to succeed in school and life

True North AmeriCorps

Northeastern Minnesota suffers from a high poverty rate which leaves many families without the resources for academic enrichment. Nearly half of Duluth Public School students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch (MDE, 2015), and 17.7% of children in Saint Louis County live in poverty (Kids Count, 2012). These children often lack community support and positive role models outside the family. Far too many become at risk for dropping out when they are older, because of low attendance, poor behavior, or inadequate classroom performance. 

Helping to Develop a Math Mindset

Minnesota Math Corps

In Minnesota today, less than 60% of 8th grade students are on track to master the core math skills needed for high school. As a Minnesota Math Corps tutor, Alex Twohy is working to change that. Math Corps targets help to middle grade students who are falling behind in math. “Math is a fundamental language for understanding and organizing the world,” Alex said. “It’s vital for expanding knowledge in physics, economics, and other sciences.”