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Saint Paul Public Library- Arlington Hills Youth Position

Partner Agency:  Saint Paul Public Library
Location(s):  Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul MN 55130
Name of Site Supervisor and Title:  Tasha Nins, Librarian            

CTEP Program Description

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all.  CTEP sponsor organizations include: Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), the Community Computer Access Network (CCAN), and the City of Minneapolis.

Site History and Mission

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 has a very young population, 30% of whom are under 18, and many of whom are living at or below poverty level.

Createch Studio, the system’s first makerspace and recording studio, is housed at AHCC. Originally modeled after the YOUMedia Lab in Chicago Public Library, the Createch Studio provides youth with opportunities for hands-on experiences with non-standard library equipment such as sewing machines, video, recording, and gaming equipment, as well as providing computer access for self-directed learning. Createch is a creative tinkering space for Saint Paul teens ages 12-18, and provides a physical space to gather, access to tools needed to pursue interests and spark new passions, and encouragement by mentors to support their individual growth.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

Createch is open Monday-Thursday 3-8, and Friday 3-6. The member will not need to serve every evening, but will involve a combination of some weekday, evening, and occasional weekend hours.

In addition, members 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 9AM - 4PM, and 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

  • Encourage, engage, and mentor teens (ages 12-18) in the Createch Studio
  • Help teens build digital literacy skills and provide job readiness training and one-on-one assistance
  • Develop workshops and programming designed to engage and teach youth
  • Create and strengthen partnerships with other community organizations
  • Help teens develop comfort and competence with diverse tools, materials, and processes, developing craft and technical proficiency
  • Collaborate with youth advisory groups to create appropriate youth programing
  • Supervise and support work study employees and volunteers

This year’s position will pilot a collaboration with the Arlington Hills Adult CTEP.

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, 651.298.8913

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.