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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 have three primary responsibilities:  1) teach or co-teach Digital Literacy classes using Northstar Digital Literacy program (50%) , 2) create and facilitate volunteer opportunities for students that will help to “bridge the digital divide” (25%) and 3) assist the IT Coordinator in developing, implementing and evaluating use of technology for teaching and learning at GAP School (this may include keeping inventory of technology resources and needs, training students and teachers in use of learning management system and on-line curriculums and resources, developing a long-term technology plan, looking for resources to support technology infrastructure.) (25%)  Additionally, the CTEP Member will be a member of a student advisory team with responsibility to support student persistence towards graduation and career and college readiness for a sub-set of students.  The CTEP Member is invited to join all GAP School activities and events and to participate in staff professional development and team building activities.

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.