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Guadalupe Alternative Programs Middle School

Partner Agency: Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP) School
Location(s): 381 E. Robie Street, St. Paul, 55107
Site Supervisor: Regina Edmisten, Instructor

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 MIT program. Our MIT program is made up of up to 75 Jr. and a Senior High school students. Our program is made up mostly of “at risk” youth who come to us after being unsuccessful in the public schools.

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, a Jr. High, extended day and extended year programming, an ABE program, and a YouthBuild/AmeriCorp program providing training towards industry recognized certificates.

At GAP, we offer at-risk adolescents a safe, structured environment in which to learn and grow. With a significantly lower staff-to-student ratio than mainstream public schools, our teachers develop strong personal relationships with GAP students that help us identify and address each individual’s unique needs. GAP’s suite of culturally appropriate, community-based educational services help diverse, economically disadvantaged youth overcome the realities of their backgrounds and greatly improve their economic and occupational outcomes. GAP’s accredited, comprehensive Jr and Senior high school diploma program serves grades 7-12 and emphasizes the acquisition of strong basic academic skills that promote college and career readiness. Leadership development and community service learning are also core components of the program. The high school program is accredited through MNSAA and GAP is a contracted site of the St. Paul Public Schools. 

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

The Member will be working, 8-4 M-F, for the duration of the school year.  Summer (especially August) is more flexible but we do have a 6 week Summer School Program that looks much like our typical school day.  We also have a few community events throughout the school year that happen on nights or weekends that participation would be encouraged. 

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 part of our MIT team. This team works with our Jr and Senior high students here at Gap. This team meets weekly.  Member will be working with students ages 12-18. The CTEP member will be assisting in classrooms throughout the day as well as working in our after school program, leading students in improving basic computer skills like email and email etiquette, typing, safe internet practices and utilizing word.  Member will collaborate with staff and youth to create appropriate youth programming.  Ex. an MIT newsletter or blog/vlog.  Some other skills that would be most beneficial to our students include filling out online employment applications or college applications and essays. Member will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the team.

 They will be responsible for:

  • Helping students build skills, confidence and technical proficiency while also having fun learning and exploring new ideas
  • Assisting in classrooms throughout the school day using technology to enhance skills
  • Building and fostering strong relationships with students
  • Enhancing and inspiring student abilities by technology literacy instruction and homework assistance in our after school program
  • Inspiring the academic success of youth by providing technology literacy and youth media programming.
  • Using innovative and creative forms of technology to engage students in new ways. 

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 a private office. They would have their own, computer, email address. Free lunch and breakfast is provided in the school cafeteria. The physical demands would be moderate but not significant. Teaching at GAP 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.