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Partner Agency:  Saint Paul Public Library
Location(s):  Rondo Community Library, 461 North Dale Street, Saint Paul
Name of Site Supervisor and Title:  Adriana Galvan, Liaison                

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 sponsor organizations include: Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), the Community Computer Access Network (CCAN), and the City of Minneapolis.

Site History and Mission

The Saint Paul Public Library has thirteen locations and a Bookmobile. Rondo Community Library houses the community services department, which provides access to library programs, services, and information inside and outside library buildings, often in languages other than English. SPPL has identified digital literacy and inclusion needs in a few libraries and some community locations. This position will be housed with the community services department, and support multiple library locations on a set schedule, and community locations on an intermittent schedule.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

May include evenings, weekdays or weekends as arranged.

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes in the workplace, and citizenship skills.  These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rdFridays 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.

Site Specific Responsibilities

  • Respond to developing needs for digital literacy help and instruction at multiple sites, both inside and outside library buildings. Some of this instruction will take place in Spanish.
  • Provide one to one tutorial assistance with electronic and print resources encouraging workforce skills development and word processing skills acquisition
  • Develop and teach classes focusing on technology needs and literacy, based on community need in varying locations with new and existing technology.
  • Extend technology training and classes to job searchers, English language learners, new immigrants, and diverse communities.
  • Create partnerships with community and cultural organizations, and strengthen existing collaborations with community partners.
  • Encourage a variety of age groups to consider the library as a partner for lifelong academic and technology learning.
  • Build meaningful mentoring opportunities for talented volunteers.
  • Recruit and train new volunteers.
  • Create and implement technology classes for older adults, youth and teens.
  • Preferred qualifications: Spanish speaker, Driver’s License.

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, 651.556.1384

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.