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East Central Regional Library - Early Literacy (LitMN)
 
 
 
East Central Regional Library, with fourteen branches and an outreach service, serves residents in the six county region north of the Twin Cities metro. The area is home to natural beauty and outdoor activities in every season. However, this area is some of the most economically challenged in the state of Minnesota, with high degrees of unemployment and poverty. In these communities, the library is a hub of activity and community gathering. ECRL provides stability and community. Our vision is to be an essential community resource that inspires East Central Minnesota to discover and explore possibilities to build and grow community. We strive to foster literate communities and prepare every child to be ready to learn to read. Library storytimes are one of the strategies we use to meet that goal. They are often some of the only opportunities for area children to begin to gain the early literacy skills that help ensure their success in kindergarten and beyond. This project, which focuses on improving training for library staff and volunteers, will assist the library in providing this high quality learning experience for years to come. Working with ECRL management, you will have the opportunity to enact real change, use your creativity, learn about libraries and community outreach, and make connections. Working with ECRL will provide you with the opportunity to work in our new facility with excellent technological resources. We are seeking a motivated individual who works well in a team environment and has a passion for reading. Experience with early literacy practices is a plus but we will provide training for the right individual. The communities the library serves are small towns with rural populations. Choosing this opportunity will allow you to develop leadership and project management skills, expertise in early literacy, some grant writing experience, and will make you smile daily as you see the difference the library makes in young lives.
 
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Member Duties : The Literacy Leader will learn about best practices in storytimes through research, observation and training. They will develop a training program for existing staff and volunteers and provide the initial trainings. They will seek grant funding to provide the necessary tools for all ECRL locations to bring their storytimes to the next level, and will create outreach material and engage with community organizations to raise awareness of the storytime opportunities. They will design an evaluation tool to assess programs. *Position is part of the Literacy Leadership program of Literacy Minnesota (LitMN), which places AmeriCorps VISTA members with nonprofits, public agencies & Tribal Nations located in MN & WI to build capacity to improve literacy for individuals. Literacy Minnesota fosters an organizational culture that is welcoming & inclusive to all. Applications reviewed on rolling basis. Alternate start dates may be available. More info: https://www.literacymn.org/americorps-vista
 
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  *Healthcare allowance, CSA share ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Education . 
 
Skills :
Education ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Teaching/Tutoring . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
East Central Regional Library - Early Literacy (LitMN)

Program Start/End Date
08/02/2021  -   08/01/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/30/2021  To  07/01/2021 

Contact Carla Lydon
111 Dellwood St N
Cambridge   MN   55008
763-392-0649
clydon@ecrlib.org
ecrlib.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 102785


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