Promise Neighborhood Program
Schools in North Minneapolis
The Promise Neighborhood Program leverages the research-based strategies of Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps with the power of community partnerships to improve the academic outcomes of North Minneapolis scholars from Pre-K to 8th grade. Literacy tutors serve children age 3 to grade 3 and math tutors serve 4th-8th graders in Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) anchor schools and after-school Expanded Learning Programs. These tutors implement targeted interventions to help students at risk of falling behind in reading and math. Together, Minnesota Reading Corps, Minnesota Math Corps, and NAZ seek to close the achievement gap and help low-income children of color become proficient in reading and math as a gateway to college and career.
In addition, the Promise Neighborhood Program created the Reading Corps Scholar Coach position to address the urgency of the achievement gap in North Minneapolis. Scholar Coaches serve as Elementary Literacy Tutors placed in a classroom environment to deliver more intensive and targeted literacy and math support. This position receives additional training alongside the classroom teacher to build positive and supportive relationships with scholars who have the potential to succeed but who feel limited by negative stereotypes associated with their academic skills.
Successful Scholar Coaches, Reading Corps and Math Corps tutors have a passion for urban education and have the tenacity to ensure that every child has an opportunity to succeed in school.
Essential qualifications to serve with the Promise Neighborhood Program:
- Strong interest in education, specifically helping students with reading or math skills
- Passion for urban education and closing the achievement gap in Minneapolis
- Experience working with students experiencing poverty and/or homelessness is desirable
- Ability to work with diverse populations
- Dedication to community service
- Organized, responsible, flexible, motivated, and professional
- Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback
- High school diploma or a GED
- 18 years of age or older
- Citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
- Not already served 4 or more terms of service previously with AmeriCorps
- Commitment to 11 months of service, completing 920 hours (part-time) or 1720 hours (full-time)
Members like serving in this program because they:
- Build strong relationships with students and create lasting connections within the vibrant North Minneapolis community.
- Celebrate student successes as they progress throughout the year.
- Contribute to the cradle to career pipeline in North Minneapolis.
- Build professional connections and collaborate with like-minded individuals who are passionate about social justice and equity in education.
- Gain valuable reading and math intervention skills.
Applicants interested in a position with the Northside Achievement Zone partnership should complete an online application via minnesotareadingcorps.org or minnesotamathcorps.org and indicate "Promise Neighborhood Program" when selecting location and position preferences. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and open in December of each year. Positions begin in August.