Partner Agency: Avivo
Location(s): 2438 27th Ave., Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55406
Site Supervisor: Bill Bergeron, Trainer

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

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includes poverty, racism, physical and mental health concerns, homelessness, substance abuse, little or no education, outdated work skills, limited English language skills, and more.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, 8:00 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, including clients who have never utilized a computer and clients who want to update their computer knowledge for the present day. The Member's specific role will be to assist participants with learning digital literacy skills in both instructional (classroom) and tutoring (one-on-one) settings.  We use Northstar Digital Literacy assessments, so the Member will be asked to administer these assessments to participants. 

Site Environment

Our Institute, the primary site, 2438 27th Ave South, is on public transit (bus lines 7 and 9). 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 (Blue line) as well.

Currently we have CDC-recommended protocols in place at our sites. Our services are entirely in-person, though participants and members are required to wear masks in the classroom to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

How to Apply

Apply online at http://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: ctepmn@spnn.org, 651.298.8919 for more information about CTEP Member requirements.

CTEP AmeriCorps values an equitable work environment and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous and People of Color, speakers of many languages, disabled individuals, LGBTQIA+ identified, and people from other underrepresented communities to apply.

Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.