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Higher Ground Academy -- St. Paul VISTA Program
The Academy’s mission is to nurture every student to meet 21st Century standards of education through rigorous preparation for post-secondary studies. Higher Ground Academy is one of the first public charter schools developed in Minnesota. Its student body is composed of more than 700 primarily East African immigrant and first-generation children from Somalia and Ethiopia. HGA is dedicated to creating a socially committed, morally responsible, and ethnically diverse learning environment focused on multiculturalism, high expectations for achievement, a rigorous curriculum and an ongoing measurement and assessment model. In the fall of 2014, Higher Ground will launch an evening educational program that provides academic enrichment for the parents and children of grades 3-5 who are enrolled at the school. Higher Ground believes that such an academic enrichment program will address three community needs: 1. It will reduce the achievement gap between African American and Caucasian students in the City of St. Paul. This program will contribute to the preparation of HGA students for post-secondary admission and success. 2. It will improve the basic formal education skills, i.e., reading, language skills and math skills, of both the parents and their children. The program will also provide pre-GED preparation for the parents via reading and math programs. 3. This program will enhance the parents’ abilities to support the academic success of their children. This in turn will enhance the educational aspirations of both the parents and their children and strengthen the community. **This VISTA position is sponsored by the Saint Paul VISTA Program. Hosted in Mayor Chris Coleman's Office, the Saint Paul VISTA Program is comprised of a city-wide cohort of individuals -- placed at community organizations and schools -- dedicated to shaping the educational landscape for youth and families in Saint Paul.**
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The VISTA member will be responsible for researching, planning, and developing the evening educational program at Higher Ground Academy, which will include the following components: 1. Recruit, train and maintain lists and schedules of tutors used in the evening educational program. 2. Recruit both parents and children for the educational program. 3. Create and disburse all outreach materials pertaining to the evening educational program. 4. Update the curriculum and tutoring manuals of the evening educational program to reflect the current status of the program. 5. Update the recordkeeping manual and devise a system that that seamlessly interfaces with the current Higher Ground IT system. 6. A fund development component for the program.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Counseling ,  Communications . 
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Higher Ground Academy -- St. Paul VISTA Program

Program Start/End Date
07/29/2014  -   08/01/2015

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/08/2014  To  06/15/2014 

Contact Diane Vener
1381 Marshall Ave
Saint Paul   MN   55104
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 49437