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Brian Coyle Center, Teen Tech Center

 

Partner Agency: Brian Coyle Center, Teen Tech Center
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Site Supervisor: Alyssa Costopoulos

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

Brian Coyle Center is located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and is a vibrant destination for children and families to connect with culturally relevant programming spanning from out-of-school time youth programming to senior services, adult education, employment, wellness and nutrition, legal services, and a host of countless civic engagement activities and community events. In the heart of Brian Coyle Center, the Best Buy Teen Tech Center is a brand new digital learning lab that allows youth to explore their own interests in computer technology while gaining hands-on experience with graphic design, music recording, photography, film editing, digital storytelling, simple circuitry, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, sewing, coding, programming, game design, and much more. The makerspace is collaboratively shaped by youth members, mentors, and community center staff. The focus of the space is on helping youth gain access to social, civic, educational, career, and creative opportunities, while promoting them to explore, hone, and expand these valued skills.

Brian Coyle Center serves a diverse community of Somali, Oromo, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Hispanic, Hmong, and Karen immigrants and refugees as well as a large African American population. The community has a large youth population, 20% of whom are under 17, and many of whom are living at or below the poverty level.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

The Brian Coyle Best Buy Teen Tech Center is open Monday-Thursday from 2:30pm-7:30pm and Friday from 5:00-7:00pm.

The CTEP member's regular schedule will be Monday-Thursday from 11:30am-7:30pm and Friday from 2:00-7:00pm. 

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:

  • Encourage, engage, and mentor teens (ages 12-18) in the teen tech center
  • Help teens develop comfort and competence with diverse tools, materials, and processes, developing craft and technical proficiency
  • Develop certification processes or tutorials for using advanced equipment (such as the soldering iron, recording studio, 3D printing, etc.)
  • Create and strengthen partnerships with other community organizations
  • Collaborate with youth advisory groups to create appropriate youth programming
  • Identify and teach projects or skill sets to new mentors

Site Environment

Brian Coyle is a very busy community center offering multiple services and programs. Approximately 7,500 people use one or more Brian Coyle services on an annual basis. The CTEP member will need excellent communication skills and the ability to work with community members from diverse backgrounds and with varying English skills. Flexibility, kindness, and caring when working with youth between the ages of 12-18 is vital, as is the ability to create, invent, and explore together using the latest in technology.

Brian Coyle is 2 blocks from the #2 busline and #7 bus line, and 1 block from the blue line lightrail station at Cedar Avenue. There is also the extensive Hiawatha Bike Trail, which weaves throughout Minneapolis and into St. Paul and connects to the Greenway Bike Trail to Uptown.

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.