Become an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
Interested in serving as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow? Sign up to make a difference in your life and the lives of young people in your community!
WHAT IS AN AMERICORPS PROMISE FELLOW?
The mission of Minnesota Alliance With Youth is to ensure that all young people in Minnesota have access to the resources they need to be successful: caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; effective education; and opportunities to help others. The Promise Fellows’ year of service focuses on mobilizing adults to connect with youth as well as addressing both the civic engagement and achievement gaps experienced by many of Minnesota’s students of color and low-income students. Fellows serve in a school-community partnership site to develop innovative ways to deliver the fundamental resources young people need to successful.
WHAT DO PROMISE FELLOWS DO?
- Directly Serve Youth – Promise Fellows directly serve a group of 30 youth in grades 6-10, who are at risk or experiencing the academic achievement and civic engagement gaps.
- Plan and Design Programs – Fellows design, plan, and implement in-school and after-school activities to support and increase academic achievement. These activities might be enrichment programs, mentoring programs, leadership activities, or homework help.
- Lead Service-Learning – Promise Fellows also lead youth in service-learning, civic engagement and leadership initiatives.
- Manage Volunteers – Promise Fellows recruit and support family and community volunteers to assist in activities such as tutoring and mentoring, college/career exploration, and other activities that support student academic success.
QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE APPLYING
- Do I have or would I like to develop an interest in positive youth development, service, education and nonprofit work?
- Am I able to or would I like to grow in how I relate to people across multiple partnerships and diverse groups of youth and adults?
- Do I want to make a meaningful impact in my community and within myself?
Promise Fellows are also required to have a high school diploma, be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National or have status as a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien, and final candidates will be required to successfully pass a background check before being officially enrolled by the Minnesota Alliance With Youth.
PROMISE FELLOW BENEFITS
As a full-time AmeriCorps member, Promise Fellows serve at least 1,725 hours for one year and receive:
- Modest Living Allowance (appx. $900/month);
- Basic Health Insurance;
- Qualified Student Loan Deferment;
- $5,550 Education Award upon successful completion of service;
- Ongoing, extensive support and training
PROMISE FELLOW RESULTS
- 95% of Promise Fellows reported reaching three or more goals on their Personal Growth Plans.
- 97% report feeling prepared to fulfill the expectations of their positions.
- 100% of Promise Fellows who completed their term of service reported that they have developed the core civic engagement skills AmeriCorps and ServeMinnesota require by the end of their term of service.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Please contact Hannah Zelmer, Administrative Assistant, at (651) 528-8589 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply to become a Promise Fellow for the 2013-2014 year, please click here.