City of Lakes AmeriCorps is a partnership between Minneapolis Community Education and the Multilingual Department of Minneapolis Public Schools. We strive to bridge the language and opportunity gap for Long-Term English Learner students (LTELs) in Minneapolis Public Schools. Our goal for our students is that they are engaged and empowered to achieve their full potential. Our goal for our members is that they are engaged and empowered to serve as values-driven leaders in their communities.
Our program offers an inside experience in an urban school district. City of Lakes Academic Coaches and Youth Workers are integrated into their school’s staff and collaborate closely with teachers and program coordinators in serving students. Throughout this process, members receive a full picture of the challenges of an inner city education system, as well as many solutions and approaches schools are taking to close the achievement gap. Members also build strong relationships with some incredible young people, and through this, get a better understanding of what it’s like to grow up in the city with the status of being an immigrant and/or living in poverty.
Member Development is a key component of our program, and City of Lakes does this through a cohort learning experience. Members serve with one to five other members at a site, and frequently work together to achieve program goals. Additionally, members come together as a full corps at least monthly for skills training and to further process and reflect on their service experience. Members who enjoy group discussion and approach their year with a growth mindset flourish in this setting.
If you are interested in a unique, hands-on experience within the area of Education, Middle School, English as a Second Language, and/or Youth Work, please take a few minutes to explore our web site and read about the specific benefits our program has to offer, as well as the service role for our AmeriCorps members.