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University of Minnesota - MN Youth Story Squad (MLC)
MN Youth Story Squad (MYSS) addresses educational opportunity gaps by working with middle school youth in Twin Cities public schools to amplify their voices through digital media making. We grow and sustain partnerships with schools where the majority of students will be the first in their families to attend college. We offer a rich interdisciplinary, culturally relevant, social justice curriculum that uses storytelling to engage youth academically and socially. Our curriculum is led by UMN undergraduate mentors, the majority of whom are first generation college students and/or students of color and plan to work in careers with youth post-graduation. Because it is our mission to grow and sustain partnerships with under resourced, urban public schools, we never charge fees for any of our programming. In this way, we are truly a unique K-12/higher education partnership. After participating in our programming: 81% of middle school students imagine college in their future; 78% believe they can succeed in school; and 68% better understand a path to college. The Literacy Leader will be an integral part of our new expansion to Minneapolis public high schools. The work will require a great deal of independence, but mentorship and collaboration will be ongoing in our work together. MYSS is housed in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities Campus. If you are interested in higher education as well as pursuing additional education, you will find this a particularly good fit based on the connections you will make and the experiences you will gain. Likewise, if you are interested in a future career in K-12 education, you will have opportunities to build your networks. Having experience in Wordpress, digital media, social media, and/or grant making is a plus, but not required.
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Member Duties : The Literacy Leader will work with staff, faculty, and students to: 1) Develop and initiate implementation of curriculum alongside district and partnerships; 2) Evaluate program to ensure it meets the needs of our targeted populations; 3) Lead training for staff on curriculum, tools and processes 4) Develop partnerships in the community and continue collaboration and communication between community partners; 5) Create plans and materials for outreach and secure resources for new or expanded programming through grant-writing and volunteer engagement; 6) Train staff on systems, tools, and processes related to new marketing or fundraising strategies.*Position part of the Literacy Leadership cohort of MN Literacy Council. Applications reviewed on rolling basis until positions are filled, through June 30. MN Literacy Council fosters a culture that is inclusive to all. See our full diversity and inclusion statement:
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Healthcare Allowance, CSA Produce Share . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  Youth Development . 
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University of Minnesota - MN Youth Story Squad (MLC)

Program Start/End Date
08/05/2019  -   08/03/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Associates degree (AA)

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/20/2019  To  07/01/2019 

Contact Kari Smalkoski
224 Church St SE
Minneapolis   MN   55455
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 87179