Partner Agency: Sanneh Foundation
Location(s): Conway Community Center, 2090 Conway St, St Paul, MN 55119
Site Supervisor: Rob Lyons, Center Director
The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the "digital divide" for new immigrants and low-income communities in the Twin Cities. CTEP is a program of the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).
Site History and Mission
The Conway Recreation Center is a technology hub for low income, communities of color, located on the East Side of Saint Paul. The facility is run by The Sanneh Foundation, a youth service organization that leases the building from the City of Saint Paul on a long term use agreement since 2014. The site is operated seven (7) days per week for after-school programming, senior programming, and general community use surrounding workforce development. The facility features high speed internet via a Comcast Lift Zone, an Innovation Tech Hub through a strategy partnership with JAMF and Matter, as well as a myriad of STEM curriculum and activities centered around bridging the digital divide.
Sanneh's mission is to empower youth by supporting and promoting educational attainment through in-school and after-school academic programming; improve lives by providing programs that strengthen physical health and social and emotional development; and unite communities by advancing diversity, equity, and community well-being.
CTEP Position Description
Provide technology and computer literacy training to community members seeking workforce development skills through the Sanneh Career Center and the Conway Park Technology Hub.
- Gain an understanding of current Sanneh IT processes and procedures.
- Assess gaps in community accessibility, and immediate needs.
- Become familiar with the current STEM curriculum and programs offered at Conway Community Center.
- Research best practices and develop activity plan for creating and delivering accessible information technology processes.
- Provide Sanneh Foundation patrons and community members with information technology support through the creation of accessible IT assistance.
- Provide technology and computer literacy support for community members seeking workforce development skills through the Sanneh Career Center and the Conway Park Technology Hub.
- Perform technology and STEM navigation at the Conway Park Technology Hub for youth programming participants.
- Meet regularly with Site Supervisor in order to identify capacity gaps in Sanneh Foundation information technology support and develop a plan to strengthen programming.
Preferred Site Schedule for Member
The preferred site schedule is 12p-8p on weekdays and potential weekends or Saturdays.
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. Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.
How to Apply
Apply online at http://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: email@example.com, 651.298.8919 for more information about CTEP Member requirements.
CTEP AmeriCorps values an equitable work environment and strongly encourages Black, Indigenous and People of Color, speakers of many languages, disabled individuals, LGBTQIA+ identified, and people from other underrepresented communities to apply.
Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.