AmeriCorps Promise Fellows
“The Promise Fellows are living examples to their communities about what it means to empower our young people to be active, positive change agents. No other state in the country has been so energized or better served by their
AmeriCorps Promise Fellows program.”
– Peter Benson, President and CEO of Search Institute
AmeriCorps Promise Fellows — Bridging the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps
· Passionate about equity?
· Enjoy working with young people?
· Want to make a difference?
Become an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow and help change social, emotional, and educational outcomes for young people in Minnesota! Join the more than 100 members who commit 1,725 hours of service to helping eradicate opportunity and achievement gaps — one young person at a time — in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the state.
Managed by the Minnesota Alliance With Youth*, Promise Fellows provide a powerful and cost-effective solution for school districts and community-based organizations striving to meet the needs of youth, grades 6-10.
Promise Fellows increase the capacities of the organizations in which they serve, tracking student attendance, monitoring behaviors and supporting course performances; helping young people succeed, and employing an array of research-based approaches with the goals of:
· Increasing youth engagement;
· Fostering youth voice; and,
· Helping students acquire the skills needed to be successful in school, work, and life.
Each Promise Fellow serves at least 30 youth, providing an integrated set of supports including connections to caring adults, service-learning opportunities, and academic enrichment. Over the past seven years, Promise Fellows have helped more than 160,000 Minnesota youth significantly improve their academic outcomes.
The impact of this service continues to grow, as Minnesota becomes part of the Grad Nation initiative, aiming for a 90 percent high school graduation rate nationwide by 2020.
And the goal is “within our reach!” says Sarah Dixon, President and C.E.O. of the Alliance. “We are already serving approximately 3,000 students each year. To reach our goal of 90% of students graduating on time by 2020, we need to get about 2,000 students back on track. So, if we can continue this level of effort over the next seven years, we should succeed!”
Here is the Promise Fellow Applicant Checklist to use as a guide for filling out the application.
If you wish to apply to become a part-time AmeriCorps Promise Fellow for 2013, click here.
Questions? Email: email@example.com