Partner Agency: Centre for Asian and Pacific Islanders (CAPI) USA

Location: 5930 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

Site Supervisor: Alisha Remtulla, Job Developer


CTEP Program Description

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. CTEP is a program of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).


Site History and Mission

CAPI USA was founded as The Centre for Asian and Pacific Islanders in 1982 by a coalition of church groups helping Southeast Asian refugees settle in Minnesota in the aftermath of the Vietnam war. Since then, CAPI has embraced new refugees and immigrants from all over the world. In 2008, the agency changed its name to CAPI USA to reflect this increasingly multicultural focus and diverse client base.

Our mission is to guide refugees and immigrants in their journey toward self-determination and social equality.

CAPI’s service model is intentional and holistic. Our Basic Needs department seeks to address the community's immediate needs through culturally specific and nutritional food access, community health, benefits assistance, and senior support. Our Economic Empowerment department focuses on long-term support through financial education, homebuying, career training, and job search. CAPI also seeks to strengthen the democratic participation of immigrant and refugee communities through voter education and registration and supporting policies that address system inequities.

We know that every individual is unique and has different needs, and we understand that what clients need today is likely to change tomorrow. With that in mind, we take a person-centered approach that is consistent with each client’s values and culture and invites ongoing client feedback.

Our values are: 

  • Valuing voices across generations
  • Promoting community ownership beyond just our team
  • Collaborating widely to share resources and amplify the impact
  • Continuously learning and refining our strategies


You can learn more about CAPI USA on our YouTube channel and Instagram account


Preferred Site Schedule: 

Monday through Friday, primarily between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 4 days on-site, 1 day from home, with occasional evening commitments. Members will flex their schedules as needed. 

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes at the service site, and citizenship skills.  These Corps days occur once per month, and these trainings are mandatory. Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and may serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.


Site Environment: 

CAPI believes our diversity makes us uniquely qualified to bring the bold new perspectives needed to shape brilliant ideas. A leader in providing essential services to immigrants, refugees, and our whole community, CAPI is as diverse as the individuals we serve. Speaking many languages and celebrating many cultures, our staff is global, coming together from every corner of the world. We celebrate and embrace our differences. As a result, we are more inclusive in our work, behavior, and thinking processes. We see CAPI as a place where cultures can weave together, languages can blend, and we can all thrive together – because, at the end of the day, we are more alike than different.

The Member will work with participants in our Career Pathways and Employment Services programs. We have a significant number of participants needing Digital Literacy assistance, including clients who have never utilized a computer and clients who want to update their computer knowledge for the present day. 


Member's Specific Programming Responsibilities:

  • Assist participants with learning digital literacy skills in both instructional (classroom) and tutoring (one-on-one) settings. 
  • Provide one-on-one assistance with online presence through LinkedIn, Indeed, social media, and online job search. 
  • Provide one-on-one assistance for resume building and mock interviews. 
  • Participate in the development/update of training materials under the Job developer's supervision. 
  • Ensure eligibility of referred participants through formal and informal inquiry and screening.
  • Assist participants to define and achieve appropriate occupational goals.
  • Collaborate with Career Pathways navigators and financial coaches to provide participants with a holistic approach to Economic empowerment. 
  • Assist participants to define and achieve appropriate occupational goals.

 Members will use Office 365, a laptop, a printer, a projector, and Microsoft Teams in their jobs.

How to Apply
Apply online at and click on “Apply to Serve” (be sure to search for the “Community Technology Empowerment Project” or “CTEP” when asked to indicate what program you would like to send your application to). Contact: Tess Hackbarth,, 651.298.8910
Literacy Minnesota fosters an organizational culture that is welcoming and inclusive to all. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, indigenous peoples, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ+ individuals and people with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.  Alternative formats of this document are also available.

Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.