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Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (Latinx Youth and Adult)

Partner Agency: CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio)
Location(s): 797 7th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Name of Site Supervisor and Title: Ricardo Bennett, Latino Youth Enrichment Programs Manager

Special note: this member will receive $75 additional per month for rent or transportation subsidy, above and beyond the standard living allowance.

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

CLUES was founded in 1981 by Latinos for Latinos who shared a vision for improving the quality of life of the Latino population in Minnesota, as well as a commitment to community building. Our mission is to advance the capacity of Latino individuals and families to be healthy, prosperous, and engaged in their communities. As a multi-faceted, one-stop hub, CLUES works to advance and empower over 20,000 members of the Latino and immigrant communities throughout Minnesota annually through an integrated range of supports and programming that is culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate for our multicultural and multigenerational clientele.

The Teen Tech Center at CLUES offers young people (ages 13 to 21) the opportunity to work on projects they find meaningful to their lives using technology and the arts. In The TTC, youth can design their own music, art, newsletters, robots, science simulations, computer games, animation, and much more.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

The member can work with their supervisor to create a flexible schedule within set programming times (Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm and Saturday, 9am-3pm) that will balance well with their other life responsibilities. The member will be required to include three evenings a week and one Saturday a month in their schedule.

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

Site Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide technology instruction and assistance to Teen Tech Center members, immigrant and low-income youth ages 13-19, as they engage with the makerspace and develop individual and/or group projects (e.g., help them come up with ideas, gather materials, get started, locate mentors to work with them, and support their ongoing work).
  • Create and deliver an ongoing series of technology focused workshops for youth and adults.
  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers and technology mentors to work with youth and adults.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with local organizations, companies, and businesses to support and strengthen the STEAM focused work being done for both youth and adults at CLUES.
  • Provide basic computer maintenance, including file management, trouble-shooting, and technical support to Teen Tech Center youth and mentors.
  • Provide administrative support for the Clubhouse program, including keeping records of participants and keeping the Tech Center space organized.
  • Support other programs and activities at CLUES with Teen Tech Center expertise and resources, as time permits. 

Site Specific Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English and experience working with Latinx youth.
  • Experience with and interest in using technology as a creative and empowering tool.
  • Interpersonal skills, including an ability to get along with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities and a talent for making people feel welcome and included.
  • A passion for learning and helping others to learn.

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.