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Summer Reads Outreach Specialist
Minnesota Literacy Council shares the power of learning through education, community building and advocacy. We serve individual learners from preschoolers to retirees. We are also a trusted advisor to others, sharing our expertise and leadership to equip partner organizations, volunteers and professionals to more effectively respond to the literacy needs in their communities. We reach nearly 70,000 people and support approximately 450 community programs each year through these broad and united efforts. We empower adults through Adult Basic Education – including English language, GED, computers and employment readiness – and the Adult Literacy Hotline referral service. We promote distance learning tools, e.g. LearnerWeb, for adults to access self-study programs. We improve children’s literacy through Summer Reads – a tutoring program for children in K-3 – and Early Literacy and Families – which includes a preschool (ages 3-5) and parent education. We conduct volunteer tutor recruitment, training and placement for literacy organizations and provide coaching in best practices, volunteer management and use of technology to Adult Basic Education managers, teachers and volunteers across the state. We train and place AmeriCorps VISTAs in schools and community organizations, where they serve full-time for 12 months to develop and improve literacy programs for children, adults and families. Our Summer Reads program works to fight the "summer slide" - the loss of learning that occurs over the summer, especially for children who are low-income. Our goals are to: 1) help low-income children in grades K-3 sustain and improve their literacy skills and engagement with learning; 2) increase the capacity of host sites to serve children over the summer; and 3) provide VISTAs with transformative experiences in teaching/tutoring and build their community leadership skills. Approximately 74 VISTAs are placed in schools, libraries and community organizations across the state.
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Member Duties : Do you like helping others? Would you like professional experience that looks good on your resume? Can you commit to 40 hours a week from June-August? Become a Summer Reads Outreach Specialist and support 78 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates who serve as children's literacy tutors and program leaders in organizations across the state. Outreach Specialists serve full-time for 10 weeks. They spend a portion of their time tutoring and also work side-by-side with our National Service staff to ensure the summer program runs successfully. They provide invaluable support, resources and training for VISTAs and play an important role in our program evaluation process. *Additional language skills, especially in Spanish, Somali, Hmong, or Karen, desired but not required. *2 positions available, applications reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. *PRIORITY CONSIDERATION given to applications received by APRIL 30. Previous national service experience preferred but not required.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Training ,  Public Speaking ,  Youth Development ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Computers/Technology ,  Social Services ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Education ,  Leadership ,  Counseling ,  Non-Profit Management . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Summer Reads Outreach Specialist

Program Start/End Date
06/01/2017  -   08/09/2017

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Less than High school

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  01/26/2017  To  05/18/2017 

Contact Courtney Zaato
700 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul   MN   55114
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 39554