History

ServeMinnesota Has Been Part of Our State for 25 Years

Follow our history — from our launch as a state commission in 1994 to gaining Minnesota Legislative approval to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2002, to working with 18 programs and thousands of AmeriCorps members across the state. 

1993

President Clinton Creates AmeriCorps and the CNCS

President Bill Clinton signs The National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, creating AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service to expand opportunities for Americans to serve their communities.

Clinton and AmeriCorps members

1994

Minnesota Commission is Established

The Minnesota Commission on National and Community Service is established as the state’s designated recipient of federal funding for AmeriCorps.

1994-98

Earliest Minnesota AmeriCorps Programs are Funded

City of Lakes AmeriCorps, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota Conservation Corps and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation AmeriCoprs LEAP program and Minnesota Alliance With Youth – Promise Fellows are among the earliest funded AmeriCorps programs in the state. 

2001

College Possible Receives AmeriCorps Funding

College Possible (originally known as Admission Possible) receives funding for AmeriCorps members.

2002

ServeMinnesota Becomes a Nonprofit

ServeMinnesota is established as an independent nonprofit organization and no longer is part of the Minnesota state government.

2003

Minnesota Reading Corps Launches

ServeMinnesota starts Minnesota Reading Corps to blend the resources of the AmeriCorps program with the science of how children learn to read.

ServeMinnesota is surveyed by a team of experts against criteria established for high-quality state commissions and achieves an A rating.

Reading Corps tutor and student

2004

Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) Launches AmeriCorps Program

The Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) is launched at St. Paul Neighborhood Network to bridge the digital divide for new immigrants and low-income communities in the Twin Cities. 

2004

True North AmeriCorps Program Begins

True North AmeriCorps in Duluth is launched as a program to tutor, mentor and provide service-learning and other opportunities to youth.

2006

ServeMinnesota Raises $1 Million for Reading Corps

ServeMinnesota launches a Business Advisory Committee that raises $1 million for Minnesota Reading Corps.

2007

Minnesota State Leglislature Gives Support

The Minnesota State Legislature passes legislation appropriating $1 million to support the expansion of Minnesota Reading Corps.

2008

Minnesota Math Corps Launches

ServeMinnesota launches Minnesota Math Corps, an initiative to help 4th–8th graders achieve math proficiency.

2008

College Possible Begins National Expansion

College Possible expands to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The program is now running in a total of six states.

2009

AmeriCorps Grows, Thanks to New Funding

President Barack Obama signs the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which positions AmeriCorps to triple in size.

Minnesota State Legislature passes legislation appropriating $2.3 million to support further expansion of Minnesota Reading Corps.

2009

Minnesota Green Corps Launches

ServeMinnesota launches Minnesota Green Corps, which matches AmeriCorps members with government agencies and nonprofits to implement environmental science projects in local communities.

Green Corps members

2011

Opportunity Corps Launches, State Legislators Support Reading Corps Expansion

Minnesota Opportunity Corps is established to help unemployed people find employment and resources as part of a larger goal to fight income inequality. 

 

2011

State Legislators Support Reading Corps Expansion

Minnesota State Legislature passes legislation appropriating $4.1 million to support further expansion of Minnesota Reading Corps, serving 30,000 students.

 

2012

Reading Corps Expands Nationally

The Reading Corps Program began to expand, launching in Colorado and  is now active in 12 states plus Washington, D.C.  

2014

AmeriCorps Turns 20, Total Learning Classroom Launches

AmeriCorps celebrates 20 years of national service.

Total Learning Classroom is launched to help overcome the achievement gap in some of the lowest performing schools in the state. 

2015

ServeMinnesota is #1 State in AmeriCorps Grantmaking

ServeMinnesota ranks 1st among all 50 states in AmeriCorps competitive grantmaking for the 3rd year running. 100% of applicants received a grant award.

2015

ServeMinnesota Expands Mission Statement

ServeMinnesota changes the organization’s mission to include the sentence:  We share our proven practices nationally.

2015

Math Corps Expands Nationally

The Math Corps program begins national replication and is now available in 10 states.

2016

Minnesota is #2 in Generating Members

Minnesota ranks 2nd in generating the most AmeriCorps members per capita. 

2017

ServeMinnesota is #2 in Competitive Funding

Topping $20 million, ServeMinnesota ranks 2nd out of 50 states in AmeriCorps competitive funding for the 2nd year in a row.

 

2017

Law Enforcement Career Path Academy Launches

The St. Paul Police Department launches Law Enforcement Career Path Academy.

LECPA

2017

ServeMinnesota is #2 in Competitive National Funding

Topping $20 million, ServeMinnesota ranks 2nd out of 50 states in AmeriCorps competitive funding for the 2nd year in a row.

 

2018

Recovery Corps and MORe Corps Launch

Minnesota Opioid Response Corps and Recovery Corps launch in order to use the power of AmeriCorps members to fight the opioid epidemic.

recovery corps

10 Years of ServeMinnesota

Learn about all that ServeMinnesota accomplished in its first 10 years.

20 Years of AmeriCorps

In 2014, Minnesota’s newest AmeriCorps members took their oath from President Barack Obama in a simulcast ceremony at the Mall of America.  

Solutions through Service

How can ServeMinnesota use the people power of AmeriCorps to solve complex problems? Here’s how. 

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