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CTEP Receives Federal Funding for Three More Years

April 22, 2019

SPNN’s AmeriCorps program, the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP), got great news this month. The federal government has awarded CTEP $416,961 annually for the following three program years! This will allow us to serve thousands more people, teach technology skills to youth and adults, and build strong community relationships within dozens of Twin Cities nonprofits within the upcoming years.

Our grant is administered through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which will additionally provide Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of approximately $6,000 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.

Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through 21,000+ schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country. These members have played a critical role in the recovery of communities affected by disasters and helped thousands of first generation college students access higher education. They also tutor and mentor young people, connect veterans to jobs, care for seniors, reduce crime and revive cities, fight the opioid epidemic, and meet other critical needs.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million Americans have served, providing more than 1.5 billion hours of service and earned more than $3.6 billion in education scholarships, more than $1 billion of which has been used to pay back student debt. Those interested in joining AmeriCorps can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/Join.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.