Apply to host a CTEP AmeriCorps member at your site!
CTEP partners with non-profits, libraries, community centers, and other organizations who serve our target populations: New Americans, low-income families, and individuals with disabilities. The ideal partner either already has technology literacy programming or aspires to build technology literacy programming that could be led or expanded by a CTEP member.
CTEP AmeriCorps positions last one year, beginning in September and completing in August. It’s our hope that partner sites will decide to stay connected in the long term. In our experience, the most impactful CTEP contributions have been those which could develop over the course of multiple years.
CTEP charges a one-time $10,000 site fee to cover Northstar project sponsoring site fees, to handle program costs, and to improve the member living allowance.
The site is also responsible for reimbursing CTEP member travel to site-related duties in other locations. While sites are not permitted to formally raise a member’s salary, sites are encouraged to provide additional support to the CTEP member in the form of discounts on services, professional development training, rent subsidies, and the like.
Twin Cities Site Application Process Timeline for 2022-23
|CTEP Host Site Application materials are posted on our website||January 2, 2023|
|Application Due Date for renewing and new partners||Due Fri Feb 24, 2023|
|Notification of initial partner acceptance and allocation of member slots||Feb 28, 2023|
|Host Site Agreement||To be signed with member confirmed|
|Member Interviews and Placement||Feb through Aug 1, 2023 (desired)|
|Member Starts Service at Your Site||Sept 5, 2023|
|Member Completes Service at Your Site||Aug 31, 2024|
Is National Service more like employment or volunteering?
National Service is different from both employment and volunteering. CTEP members receive a biweekly living allowance from the CTEP program, but this is not classified as wages for employment, and National Service is not meant to compete with the job market. A CTEP member's work should supplement the work that site employees do, rather than replacing or duplicating employee responsibilities. The CTEP program is designed to support the work that community partners are already doing and leave a lasting impact through capacity building; it is expected that CTEP will not be a long term staffing solution, and CTEP members will train staff in how to take over for them when they leave.
What responsibilities does SPNN have in this partnership?
SPNN is the primary contact between the CTEP program and the AmeriCorps. SPNN assists in recruiting, ensures that members complete background checks, and holds the first interview with each candidate. SPNN sets the format for member reporting and timesheets. SPNN supplies the member’s living allowance, health insurance, and workers’ compensation. Disputes, performance issues, and so on are handled jointly by the site and SPNN.
What responsibilities does a site supervisor have in this partnership?
The site is responsible for providing or finding training opportunities for CTEP members so they can develop and learn the skills they need to be successful in their roles. A site supervisor donates a minimum of 15 hours a month to member support. This includes a weekly check-in with the member.
The ideal supervisor is someone in a management position at the organization who has a passion for digital divide issues and welcomes a mentoring role. Professional development for members is an additional goal of the CTEP program, and supervisors will have the opportunity to be a positive influence on a member’s career trajectory. A CTEP placement could possibly be a member’s first introduction to nonprofit work, and for some members it will be the discovery of a lifelong calling.
Supervisors are required to complete a background check.
Site supervisors are CTEP project partners and assume responsibility for enforcing AmeriCorps policies and explaining aspects of AmeriCorps to other site employees as needed. A supervisor will make a service plan, attend CTEP supervisor meetings, keep informed about what members can and can’t count as service hours, and be the only one to assign members tasks. The supervisor also approves member timesheets.
What is a CTEP member expected to bring a host site?
- A dedicated, goal-oriented service commitment of 1700 hours over one year
- Direct service, capacity building, and volunteer recruitment contributions
- A fresh perspective and a passion for serving clients
- The combined wisdom and experience of the CTEP cohort
What can a host site expect to gain?
- Valuable networking opportunities with similar organizations in the Twin Cities
- Feedback on programming intended to lessen the digital divide