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Summer Reads Outreach Specialist (LitMN)
Literacy Minnesota works to build a more equitable society by making quality literacy education available to all. We are a comprehensive literacy resource, providing free classes for adults and children; supporting literacy organizations through volunteer recruitment, training and teaching tools; and creating new pathways for groups and individuals to reach their full potential. Our programs and services are both local to Minnesota statewide, and national. We train and place AmeriCorps VISTA members in Minnesota through two service opportunities: Literacy Leadership and Summer Reads. Literacy Leadership engages AmeriCorps VISTA members who serve behind-the-scenes for one year with schools and community organizations to design and carryout literacy initiatives for all ages. In Summer Reads, AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as K-5 children’s literacy mentors with schools, libraries and out-of-school-time programs for 8 weeks over the summer, bringing literacy to life through fun and enriching activities like arts, drama, story-time, tutoring, recreation, and more. In these unprecedented times with school and daily life disrupted due to the COVID19 pandemic, especially for those living at or near poverty level, summer will be a crucial time to help low-income families. Our goals are to: 1) provide opportunities for children and youth to continue learning over the summer; 2) increase the capacity of host sites to serve children, youth and families over the summer; and 3) provide AmeriCorps members with transformative experiences in education and build their community leadership skills. Approximately 70 Summer Reads members serve statewide, with about half of those in the Twin Cities metro. Literacy Minnesota fosters an organizational culture that is welcoming and inclusive to all. *2 positions available. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. PRIORITY given to applications BEFORE APRIL 30.
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Member Duties : Provide peer support and leadership to about 70 Summer Reads members who serve in schools, libraries and out-of-school time programs across Minnesota as K-5 children’s literacy mentors. Outreach Specialists serve full-time for 10 weeks in St Paul (remote work may be an option) and serve side-by-side with our National Service staff to ensure the program is successful. They deliver invaluable support, resources and training for members and coordinate evaluation data collection and analysis. Through distance learning and in-person learning (following CDC and MN Department of Health guidelines) and other projects like food distribution and helping families navigate community resources, Summer Reads members help children, youth and families break down barriers to education and economic security. Outreach Specialists are an essential part of our leadership team!
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Training . 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Education . 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Communications ,  General Skills ,  Leadership ,  Counseling ,  Social Services ,  Education ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Training ,  Computers/Technology ,  Conflict Resolution . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Summer Reads Outreach Specialist (LitMN)

Program Start/End Date
06/03/2021  -   08/11/2021

Work Schedule Summer

Education level
Less than High school

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  02/01/2021  To  05/10/2021 

Contact Steph Lewis
700 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul   MN   55114
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 39554