Join CTEP AmeriCorps

CTEP Member Grace teaching a student in computer classroom with a quote underneath that reads “You don't appreciate how important having computer skills is until you see how many people don't have it and just how much it impacts them and their lives. In this day and age, not knowing your way around a computer shuts you out of so many things. I'm so grateful that I got the chance to help change that."

Position Overview:

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) works to bridge the "digital divide" for low-income communities in the Minneapolis / St. Paul Metro area. CTEP AmeriCorps members work with adults, youth, seniors, BIPOC, new Americans and other historically disenfranchised people to learn the technology skills they need to access economic, social, health, and civic opportunities on line. CTEP AmeriCorps members serve at any one of our up to 15 non-profit and community based organizations, receive professional development and technical training, as well as support for your career goals after service.

Opportunities to Serve

CTEP's partners are some of the top non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities and are located in or close to the communities whether they are young adults looking to build skills, adults looking for jobs, new Americans seeking education or seniors want to learn computer skills. You can apply to more than one position based on your interests. Be sure to read through the list of individual opportunities on our website at www.spnn.org/ctep.

Applicants can choose whether to serve in a Full-Time (FT), Three-Quarter-Time (TQT) or Half-Time (HT) capacity:

Full-time - serve a minimum of 1,700 hours in a 12 month period. This equates to approx. 35 hours per week Three-Quarter-Time - serve a minimum of 1,200 hours in a 12 month period. This equates to approx. 25 hours per week
Half-Time - serve a minimum of 900 hours in a 12 month period or approx. 19 hours per week
Most positions are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm however each site may have different hours based on the programs they offer.

Benefits (Note: not all positions types receive all benefits)

  1. Monthly Living Allowance (all positions)
  • Full-Time - $1,923
  • Three-Quarter-Time - $1,357
  • Half-Time - $1,018
  1. Paid Health Insurance (Full-Time only)
  2. Paid child care (Full-Time only)
  3. Segal Education Award (all positions, after successfully completing 12 months)
  • Full-Time - $7,395
  • Three-Quarter-Time - $5,177
  • Half-Time - $3,698
  1. Payment of federal student loan interest if you put your payments on hold during service
  2. Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program - potential to save thousands of dollars on loan repayment
  3. Qualification for state assistance programs such as food (up to $200/month); Transportation ($1 bus fares); and Energy assistance (save up to $300 over the winter months)
  4. Access to the National Service Employment Network

What You Get to Do:

  • Learn how to teach others about technology literacy (e.g. how to use email, how to format a document in Word or Google Docs, find Facebook, apply for a job, navigate the internet safely, tell stories using a smart phone) using the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments
  • Help those interested to get ready for a skill assessment and oversee the test. Celebrate with them when they pass!
  • At the halfway mark of your service, embark on guided project development that helps your host site to keep helping others after your service ends.
  • Be a part of a cohort that annually certifies over 1,500 community members in technology literacy. Many of these folks find better paying jobs because of the certification they received.
  • Build relationships with community members and encourage people to reach personal and professional goals.

What We Do:

  • Match you with a host site that fits your interests, skills, and goals
  • Provide monthly professional training facilitated by local experts and non-profit leaders
  • Support you all along the way to ensure you have a successful service!

What We Need From You:

  • You should have a high school diploma or GED (or be able to complete one during service)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, naturalized citizen, or permanent resident (required)
  • Have the desire to serve your community and help others
  • No prior experience necessary! If you use a smart phone, computer, and/or tablet in everyday life, you have what we are looking for. Anything more advanced is a bonus
  • If you have taught, coached, mentored, or helped others to learn or do something new, we want to hear from you
  • Experience working with people from a variety of racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds highly desired
  • Bilingual in Somali, Oromo, Spanish, Hmong, is highly desired
  • Commitment to serve for 12 months

To Apply:

If you are excited about this opportunity but are not sure if you qualify, we encourage you to apply! Go to https://my.americorps.gov and click on "apply to serve". When asked where to send the application, search for "Community Technology Empowerment Project" or visit our website at www.spnn.org/CTEP

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CTEP AmeriCorps, the St. Paul Neighborhood Network and our partner organizations believe in a truly inclusive community, where diversity in all its forms is celebrated, and every individual is valued and empowered. Our aim is to create an environment that recognizes and harnesses the strength of our differences, encouraging people of all abilities and identities to make their unique contributions. We work for equal opportunity for all regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, mental or physical ability, veteran or socio-economic status. We will make every effort to meet reasonable accommodations upon request.

 

Position Descriptions

More Positions Pending

Click on the name of the organization in the table below to review the position.

Host Site Position Descriptions Location Availability
Avivo Career Education & Employment Minneapolis Available
The Centre for Asian and Pacific Islanders (CAPI Career Pathways & Employment Brooklyn Center Available
Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) Youth Technology Careers Saint Paul Available
Communidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) Youth Technology (Robotics) Saint Paul Available
FilmNorth Youth Media  Saint Paul Filled
Change Inc/GAP School Career Pathways Saint Paul Available
Harmony Learning Center (Maplewood) Adult Education Maplewood Filled
HIRED Youth & MFIP Saint Paul Available
HIRED Career Pathways Minneapolis Available
Listen Up! Youth Radio Training & Pathways Coordinator Saint Paul Filled 
Literacy Minnesota Digital Literacy Instructor Saint Paul Available
PCs for People Digital Literacy Instructor Saint Paul Filled
Project for Pride in Living (PPL) Technology & Employment Specialist Minneapolis Available
Ramsey County Library - Maplewood Youth Instructor Maplewood Available
Ramsey County Library - Roseville Adult Instructor Roseville Filled
Ramsey County Library - Roseville Youth Instructor Roseville Filled
Ramsey County Library - Shoreview  Youth Instructor Shoreview Available
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) Community Media Saint Paul Available (2)

The AmeriCorps.gov site takes a longer time for changes to take affect, so a position may appear available on that website, but in reality is closed. The table below is updated weekly as positions are filled.

 

Experiencing difficulties?

Refer to this AmeriCorps Applicant Guide for step-by-step application instructions.

Here is a brief video tutorial on how to search for open positions and submit your application through the AmeriCorps website: