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Guadalupe Alternative Programs High School

Partner Agency: Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP) High School
Location(s): 381 E. Robie Street, St. Paul, 55107
Site Supervisor: Tom Murphy, IT 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. 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

GAP's mission is to serve communities challenged by transition and poverty through education and enrichment opportunities, social and emotional support, and training that leads to employment. The program for which we have interest in the services of a CTEP member is our ABE program. All are low-income, English Language Learners, ages 18-24,  underemployed and have low technology skills. 90% of current student population are Karen refugees. GAP was founded in 1967 by Sr. Giovanni Gourhan, a School Sister of Notre Dame affiliated with Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. By the mid 1980s, GAP had an established alternative school, grades 9-12, contracted with the St. Paul Public Schools to serve youth meeting the state definition of being "at-risk." By the mid-1990s, GAP expanded to include on-site mental health and social services, extended day and extended year programming, an ABE program, and a YouthBuild/AmeriCorp program providing training towards industry recognized certificates in Information Technology (to bridge the digital divide) and Construction. In the last five years, GAP has increased career pathways to include Certified Nursing Assistant and automotive. Currently, GAP's school program enrolls 250+ students yearly in grades 9-12+.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

8-4 M-Th, 8-3 F for the duration of the school year.  Summer (especially August) can be more flexible. In August, school is not in session and time at GAP will be focused more on special projects.

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.

Member's Specific Programming Responsibilities:

The CTEP member will be a member of the IT Career Pathways team. This includes the Employment Coordinator and two IT Instructors. Member will be working with students ages 18-24, primarily Karen but also East African such as Somali, nearly all are newcomers and English Language Learners. The CTEP member will be teaching two 2-hour sections of Information Technology once a week, with 15 students in each section. There will be additional opportunities to teach Digital Literacy classes throughout the year. Member will also instruct our computer refurbishing/recycling program, which forms the hands-on component of the IT curriculum. Additionally, the member will oversee the volunteer component of our IT Career Pathway. This is the process where the member finds opportunities for the students outside the school to perform community service, a vital part of the YouthBuild/AmeriCorps program. We try to have this service often be on an IT related nature, such as testing equipment for "PC's for People". This program matches IT students to volunteer opportunities at local organizations and includes processes for recruitment, orientation, training, supervising, supporting. Another responsibility is running a twice per week Technology Club at a nearby middle school.

Site Environment

GAP is a 4 story accessible building located on the West Side of St. Paul. A bus stop is nearby. The CTEP member would have an office shared with other staff. They would have their own iPhone, computer, email address. Free breakfast and lunch is provided in the school cafeteria. The physical demands would be moderate but not significant. Teaching refugees and immigrants who have had significant trauma does require staff members to be centered, compassionate and curious. Emotionally, the CTEP member would need to be mature and caring. The intellectual demands require that the CTEP member be open to their own learning. The students will represent a range of abilities in terms of English, basic skills and knowledge of technology. The CTEP member will need to be curious about the needs of their students and have the flexibility to adjust based on that information.

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.