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Neighborhood House- Adult Position

Partner AgencyNeighborhood House
Location(s): 179 Robie Street E, St Paul, MN 55107
Site Supervisor:  John Ashby, Adult Education Program Coordinator

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

Neighborhood House is a social service agency that has become an integral part of the community on St. Paul’s diverse and culturally rich West Side.  Founded in 1897, the organization now serves low income families, refugees and immigrants, and other residents in challenging situations.  More than 95% of our participants live at or below the poverty line, 96% are persons of color and 93% speak a native language other than English.

The Adult Education program includes English Language Learning, GED, College Readiness, Computer Skills, and Citizenship classes. In 2018, more than 800 students enrolled in classes, including students from more than 50 different countries and 30 different native languages. The teachers work collaboratively to incorporate English, digital, financial, and numerical literacy into their classes.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

11AM-7PM Monday – Thursday (some flexibility), 11am – 2pm Friday (flexible)

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

Adult Education CTEP Member will focus on employability and computer literacy. CTEP Member will alternate between working in the morning and early afternoon and early afternoon and evening. The position includes lesson planning and leading classes independently, co-teaching with staff, and working one-on-one with participants.  The Adult Education CTEP Member will:

  • Lead afternoon and evening computer literacy classes that help students develop basic computer skills and use the internet, email, word processing, and the MS Operating System.
  • Facilitate open access computer lab time where learners can work on a variety of educational and online learning programs, for example, one-on-one resume and job search assistance.
  • Provide individual work-related assistance to students.
  • Lead and co-teach digital literacy activities in the English and GED classes
  • Train staff and volunteers to utilize digital literacy resources and lead digital literacy activities.
  • Coordinate class curriculum to align with technology literacy standards.
  • Maintain Neighborhood House English and GED blog with resources for students, volunteers, and staff.
  • Coordinate online classes using platforms provided by the Adult Education program.

Unique Qualifications Sought

  • Eager to meet and work with diverse groups of people.
  • Patience and compassion for people who are beginning to learn technology literacy skills.
  • Willingness to learn and develop personal and professional skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues and work as part of a team.   

Site Environment

We are a vibrant, community-based organization with deep roots in St. Paul’s West Side. Our site is located near dozens of immigrant-owned and community-owned restaurants and stores. The West Side of St. Paul is unique, with a strong sense of identity based on its location set apart from the rest of St. Paul, its immigrant history, and the value it places on building community.

In 2006, Neighborhood House moved into its new home in the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building. The building has a gymnasium, a walking track, a Tranquility Room for relaxation, rental spaces for events, and a beautiful view of the West Side.  Staff members are highly motivated and innovative; staff value teamwork and strive to create a fun and supportive environment. There are class parties at the end of each quarter and class field trips every couple months.

In 2018, the Neighborhood House Adult Education program served 800 individuals.  More than 95% of our participants live at or below the poverty level, 95% are persons of color, and 92% speak a native language other than English. 

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, 651.298-8919

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.