450 North Syndicate Street
What is it?
The Somali American Parent Association (SAPA) is a Minneapolis-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap among Somali and East African students. SAPA provides trainings and resources for parents and schools to create common ground, allowing parents and teachers to communicate better and work together to better educate students. For students, SAPA offers tutoring services and an out-of-school-time program for academic improvement and enrichment.
What would I do?
Parent Program assistants would help assist the speaker and may facilitate their own session relating to parent trainings. Creating connection with the parents will help retain that they will come to more than one session as well, so speaking directly with the parents will also be one of the responsibilities as a Parent Program Assistant.
What are the qualifications?
- Ability to speak in front of large quantities of people
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent intercultural communication skills
- Ability to work well independently with minimal supervision
- Patience, flexibility, good humor
- Experience with East African community a plus
- Somali language skills a plus
What is the time commitment?
Sessions are usually once or twice per month and take on average 2 hours to complete. This includes time for transportation but there may be sessions that have longer travel times, but the actual session ranges from 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Send an email to Katie Zeits (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will send you a volunteer application. Also feel free to contact Katie with any questions.