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Summer Reads - Ely, MN
The mission of Ely Community Resource is to foster positive youth development through activities designed to increase self-esteem, build a sense of community and provide positive adult relationships that allow effective interventions. Our vision is to be a primary resource to Ely area youth and to help in building a community equipped to make ELY A GREAT PLACE TO GROW UP! We work with our local school district and the City of Ely to provide school-year homework help and year-round character development programs, educational enrichment opportunities and safe recreation activities. Our Summer Reads program is supported by the school district and Ely Public Library and runs for 8 weeks. It was created in response to needs identified by school personnel and corroborated by testing in the classroom. Many of this year’s students did not initially come to school reading-ready. VISTAs will have an opportunity to make a big difference in their school experience next year! Our immediate goal for these students is to prevent the dreaded “summer slide”; catching up now means a better life for the rest of their lives. The ECR team enjoys wonderful support from our community; being a Summer Reads VISTA is an excellent opportunity to be part of community life while having a positive impact on our children! Other summer programs include The Children’s Garden, ECO Club, Healthy Kids Club, and Mentoring Youth. The VISTA positions are part of the Summer Reads program of Minnesota Literacy Council, which provides quality tutoring and literacy-focused creative enrichment to children in grades K-4 in schools, libraries and community organizations throughout the state, through the leadership of AmeriCorps VISTAs. The program aims to help low-income children improve reading and instill a love of learning, and also to provide VISTAs with hands-on experience in education and build their community leadership skills.
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Member Duties : Summer Reads - Ely VISTAs will be full partners in delivering our summer program. Readers sign up for a 4 or 8 week course, and VISTAs will work with the same group throughout each of the 4 week sessions. VISTAs play an integral part in planning each week’s activities the preceding Friday, when no students are present. Monday through Thursday and with guidance from lead teachers, VISTAs work one-to-one with the students on reading skills and participate in full-group literacy games and related creative activities. Afternoons are spent helping to organize and supervise field trips that relate to reading experiences and inspire additional reading adventures. VISTAs ideas and creativity are valued. VISTAs will track each student’s progress in reading fluency, site word recognition and reading engagement. 2 positions available. Positions are part of the MN Literacy Council Summer Reads cohort. Applications reviewed on rolling basis through April 27
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Education . 
Skills :
Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Environment ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Team Work ,  Education ,  Leadership ,  Writing/Editing ,  Youth Development ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Social Services ,  First Aid . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Summer Reads - Ely, MN

Program Start/End Date
06/11/2018  -   08/05/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  


Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2018  To  04/30/2018 

Contact Julie Hignell
40 N 1st Ave E
Ely   MN   55731
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 40006