City of Lakes AmeriCorps
For more than 20 years City of Lakes AmeriCorps has served the students of the Minneapolis Public Schools 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 School district providing academic support and after school enrichment opportunities for Long-Term English Learners. Our members engage and empower students in their English language development through intentional interactions, research-based strategies, intentional engagement of families, and youth development best practices.
Our ability to support the academic and developmental needs of our students depends on the one-on-one relationships members build with their students and is at the heart of all that we do. Our members gain unparalleled hands-on experience working with students, teachers, families, and fellow corps members. They serve as a cohort of emerging leaders who develop their professional and interpersonal skills while exploring the fields of education and youth development within the context of a large urban school system.
Essential qualifications to serve with City of Lakes AmeriCorps
- Must have a high school diploma/GED and related work/volunteer experience OR concurrently enrolled in a post-secondary education-related degree program (youth development, teacher preparation, social work, etc.)
- Strong interest in education and/or youth development. Prior experience with youth preferred.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a challenging, high-pressure environment
- Ability to speak, read and write English fluently. Second language skills preferred.
- Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Energy, creativity, and a passion for working with adolescent youth
Top reasons that members like serving in City of Lakes AmeriCorps:
- Build relationships with adolescents from a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds
- Empower and motivate struggling students to gain the confidence they need to reach their full potential in school and in life
- Gain hands-on experience and develop professional connections in the fields of education, youth development, and social services.
- Serve with a diverse cohort of creative individuals committed to educational equity
- Explore a variety of education- and social justice-related topics throughout the service year. All City of Lakes members receive extensive pre- and early-service training and participate in ongoing training sessions and reflective learning discussions.