Partner Agency: AVIVO
Location(s): 2438 27th Ave., Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55406
Site Supervisor: Eric Hughbanks, Career Education Manager

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. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all.  CTEP is a project of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

Site History and Mission

Since 1960, Avivo has helped individuals transform their lives, particularly people who face significant and multiple challenges to self-sufficiency. This includes poverty, racism, physical and mental health concerns, homelessness, substance abuse, little or no education, outdated work skills, limited English language skills, and more.

From its start as a vocational rehabilitation services provider in Minneapolis, Avivo now offers chemical and mental health services, career education, and employment services at more than 20 locations in the Twin Cities metro and St. Cloud area.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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 take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory.  Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.

Specific Site Responsibilities

The Member will work with participants in our Career Education and Employment Services programs. We have a significant number of participants in need of Digital Literacy assistance. So, the specific role the Member will have is to assist participants with basic Digital Literacy. We have started to implement the Northstar Digital Literacy assessments, so we anticipate this being a significant part of what the Member will be asked to do in working with participants.

Site Environment

Our primary site, 2438 27th Ave., is on public transit. The other two potential sites where participants may be, 1900 Chicago and 900 W. Cedar Ave., both are on bus lines, and the Cedar Ave. location is right off the light rail line as well.

Currently we have COVID protocols in place at our sites. Our clients come from a range of backgrounds, including a number of folks with disabilities. Having patience and understanding in working with our clients is crucial. There isn't any special equipment that needs to be used.

How to Apply

Apply online at my.americorps.gov 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: Joel Krogstad, krogstad@spnn.org, 651.298.8918

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.  Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.  Alternative formats of this document are also available.