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Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center- EMERGE

Partner Agency: Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center- EMERGE
Location(s): 505 15th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Site Supervisor:  Alan Stovall, Workforce Coordinator

CTEP Program Description

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. 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

EMERGE is a community and workforce development organization based in North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside, neighborhoods that struggle with some of the metro area’s highest rates of unemployment and most concentrated poverty. In 2019, more than 2,300 adults and youth from our communities accessed jobs, financial coaching, supportive housing, and other key services through EMERGE.


EMERGE's mission is "to reveal the potential in people and communities through skill building, employment, and economic opportunity." This reflects both our commitment to facilitate life change for individuals facing significant obstacles, and our commitment to create broader, systemic change at the community level.


Of those served by EMERGE during 2019, 95% identified as people of color with the largest groups served African American (59%) and African (23%) primarily Somali. Our participants are 91% low-income with 76% under the poverty-line. Last year, 59% were receiving some form of public assistance; 35% were overcoming a criminal background; 33% report no high school diploma or GED; 17% speak a primary language other than English; 9% shared they are struggling with a disabling condition; and 10% identified as an immigrant or refugee.

In 2017, we opened Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center in partnership with the city, county, local colleges, and other partners. 

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

The expected weekly schedule is 9-5 Monday through Friday.

Specific Site Responsibilities

The CTEP member will provide on-site and virtual digital literacy instruction (Zoom, TEAMS, etc.) and proctor Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments for 30- 35 youth, ages 18 – 24, exploring credentialed training leading to careers in high-demand industries. The member will also support technology enrichment (STEM learning, coding, 3D printing, LEGO Robotics).

Site Environment

EMERGE's Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center is an office setting on the main level of an apartment building. There aren't any physical demands for this position. The CTEP Member would deliver services both at CROC and online.

The Opportunity Center is located near two light rail lines, as well as multiple bus routes due to its close proximity to the University of Minnesota and downtown. This position will not require a vehicle.

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 or 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.