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The 2019-20 CTEP Civic Engagement Projects

July 16, 2020

Every year, CTEP requires all AmeriCorps Members to participate in a 75-hour civic engagement group project intended to build capacity and remove barriers to digital inclusion. CTEP uses an internationally recognized curriculum from the Public Achievement program of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Working in a small group, each CTEP Member creates an action plan that addresses a local technology need during their first three months of service. The project is implemented during the next eight months, culminating with a community presentation. Just a few past project examples include the creation of computer fix-it clinics for low-income families and specialized digital literacy training for ex-offenders. 

The 2019-20 Presentations will be presented via a Zoom video conference on Friday, July 31st, from 9:30am to 12 pm. 

Read more about the 2019-20 Civic Engagement Projects and click on the members' presentations and resources to learn more:

BLOG: Creating Meaning (and Art) Through Difficult Times

A project aimed at building community through simple, digital workshops that taught participants how to create art through words, sounds, and visuals.

BLOG: Digital Literacy Instruction from a Distance with Adult Learners

Produced instructional videos for use by Franklin Learning Center students and volunteers during COVID-19.

BLOG: MN Generations in Conversation

Developed and facilitated curriculum for a three-part training to teach youth interviewing skills for cross-generational conversations.

BLOG: The Digital Bridgemakers

Created an online community supporting the learning of various digital literacy skills.

BLOG: Video Game Conference

Created a fun online conference and an accompanying website that helps spread awareness that video games are for everyone.

BLOG: Digital Storytelling with LGBT Youth

Creating a series of video tutorials that is available for future CTEPs and groups that may be interested in digital storytelling.

BLOG: Digital Skills: eBook Edition

Designed a website and learning guides to increasing accessibility and use of eBook resources in the Twin Cities.

BLOG: Code Camp

Supported community partners in editing videos and creating content for the youth involved with these organizations. 

The Saint Paul Neighborhood Network’s AmeriCorps program, the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for immigrant communities, low-income residents and persons with disabilities in the Twin Cities. AmeriCorps members help youth and adults use technology to access social, civic, educational and economic opportunities.