Minneapolis Central Library
CTEP Program Description
The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new immigrants and low-income communities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. 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
Located in downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central seeks to nourish minds, transform lives, and build community together. Minneapolis Central serves the entirety of Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis, with an immediate service area in Central Minneapolis that includes high numbers of people at both ends of the income spectrum. Job insecurity and unemployment rates are historically high among Black, Indigenous, and people of color in our service area. The library is committed to reducing prevalent racial disparities in education, employment, income, health, housing, transportation, and justice.
The library envisions a Hennepin County where library services ensure every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work and learn. The work of the CTEP member to support job seekers and reduce the digital divide supports this vision.
Preferred Site Schedule for Member
The CTEP member will serve five seven-hour days, primarily weekdays, with the possibility of occasional weekday evenings and Saturday days for special programs.
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 AmeriCorps 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
Hennepin County Library seeks a CTEP AmeriCorps member to serve with the Business, Science, and Government Documents (BSG) Department at Minneapolis Central Library, part of Hennepin County Library (HCL).
The ideal candidate should possess:
Sensitivity and respect for people from diverse communities
Strong computer and emerging technology skills
Excellent communication skills
Strong customer service ethic
Willingness to learn
Enthusiasm for teaching
Responsibilities of the CTEP AmericCorps member will include:
Provide one-on-one coaching and assistance to computer users and job seekers
Teach and develop curriculum for technology and computer skills classes
Support job seekers in writing resumes, creating cover letters, completing online job applications, and searching for job leads
Administer Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments
Track program outcomes
Create support materials, such as handouts and templates, for job seekers
Mobilize and train computer volunteers to support job seekers
The Business, Science, and Government Documents (BSG) space on the 2nd floor of Minneapolis Central Library is one of the busiest public service points in our bustling, urban library. Library patrons come to the 2nd floor to use the job search computers and to receive personalized assistance from BSG staff, computer volunteers, and the Goodwill-Easter Seals staff, who offer one-on-one consultations two afternoons per week.
CTEP member will have an assigned workspace in the BSG workroom that includes access to a microwave and refrigerator, a locker, printers and copiers, and a desk equipped with a computer, phone with voicemail, basic office supplies, and storage.
Minneapolis Central is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, with easy walking access to Blue & Green Light Rail stations, as well as many local and express bus routes. We are also on several bike routes. A car is not necessary.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 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.