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Saint Paul Public Library - Arlington Hills

Partner AgencySaint Paul Public Library, Arlington Hills Branch
Location(s): Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave, Saint Paul MN 55130
Name of Site Supervisor and Title: Alaina Kozma, Library Associate

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

Saint Paul Public Library serves a diverse urban population of immigrants, refugees, and native born residents who come to public libraries for resume writing assistance, job-search skill building, technology assistance and classes, homework help, literacy resources, information searches, and media training.

The Arlington Hills Community Center, which opened May 2014, is located in a busy and diverse urban environment. This is a collaborative environment where staff from St. Paul Public Libraries and Parks and Recreation work together with community partners to offer complimentary services and programming. Situated in the Payne-Maryland Neighborhood, the Arlington Hills Community Center serves a diverse community of Hmong, Karen, and Hispanic immigrants and refugees as well as a large African American population. The Community serves many adults and youth with limited income and little technology access at home.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

Daytime, weekday schedule. May include evenings or weekend hours depending upon CTEP member’s availability and library needs.

Members are also required to attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes in the workplace, and citizenship skills. These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM. Members also attend occasional statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and devote 75 hours per year to a group civic engagement project.

Site Specific Responsibilities

  • Set up and run a daily Open Lab providing drop-in assistance with technology and job search questions to adults (50% of time)
  • Develop, advertise, and teach classes focusing on technology skills and literacy of all levels (from Beginning Computer to Intro to Social Media) (20% or more of time)
  • Create and gather resources for Open Lab participants; find and promote opportunities for job seekers; identify and complete learning opportunities to improve member’s capacity to serve effectively in Open Lab (10% or more of time)
  • Track attendance data, demographics, and job search outcomes for Open Lab participants and administer standardized assessments of computer skills (Northstar Digital Literacy Tests) to assess effectiveness of site programming (5% of time)
  • Recruit and train new volunteers, manage current volunteers (1% of time, ideally increasing as more volunteers are recruited)
  • Remaining time is taken up with capacity building projects. Projects vary depending upon the library’s needs and the CTEP member’s interests and skills, but may include:
    • Strengthening existing partnerships and developing new partnerships with community organizations
    • Developing new library programming for adults
    • Improving library advertising and outreach

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, 651.556.1384

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.