Minnesota Alliance With Youth knows that ALL young people deserve equitable educational opportunities that foster their individual assets, honor their voices, and prepare them for high school graduation. We also know that racism and inequity are embedded in our current educational systems creating unfair barriers to learning that disproportionately impact students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.
The Alliance is an organization that strives to be anti-racist and is looking for AmeriCorps applicants that want to join us in this work. The following opportunities are available:
2022-23 AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
Positions available starting in September 2022:
AmeriCorps Promise Fellows serve as caring adults who support, mentor, and build positive relationships with young people in 6-12th grades on their path to high school graduation. Promise Fellows provide one-on-one and small group support to a group of students in a school or non-profit organization.
AmeriCorps Promise Fellow positions:
Promise Fellow- Metro Schools
El Colegio Charter School is a public, tuition-free high school located in the vibrant and diverse Bancroft neighborhood of south Minneapolis. In community, El Colegio honors and builds upon the talents of bilingual students and their diverse families to provide the academic rigor, leadership skills, career preparation, and community connections necessary to fulfill their potential as change makers
Coon Rapids High School: Coon Rapids High School (CRHS) is a large community school for grades 9 through 12 in the north metro (Minneapolis-St. Paul) area. We pride ourselves on our ability to bring out the best in our diverse student body. We have a caring and dedicated staff that strives to bring new and innovative experiences into the classroom. We are committed to providing opportunities that will help every student reach his or her potential, and we have many resources and accommodations available for students of all abilities.
Anoka- Hennepin Community Education: Join our after-school team that provides a wide range of dynamic, quality enrichment programs that engage and empower middle schools students to learn, grow and connect with each other and their communities. At Anoka-Hennepin Community Education, we believe that everybody plays, everybody learns, and relationships matter. You will be supported by a community of smart, curious, caring professionals who put students and families at the center of all they do.
St. Louis Park Public Schools – We are an exciting academically focused urban district serving all students from diverse backgrounds. SLP is a vibrant growing organization and a leading employer in the area. Are you up for a challenge to impact the future? Would you like to join a team of the best, the brightest, and most caring people to find bold new ways to serve approximately 5000 students and their families? You’ll find opportunities to grow and develop as we work together to learn together to create the environment that creates learning for staff and the students we serve. Are you ready? It’s time to do your life’s best work with us.
High School for Recording Arts: High School for Recording Arts has been working with opportunity youth for 20 years, engaging them by first asking, ‘what are you passionate about?’ It is from here, this exploration of interest and creativity, that we construct credit learning opportunities for our young people. Every day, Promise Fellows at High School for Recording Arts will have the opportunity to develop nurturing relationships with young people and help motivate them towards success through their creative pursuits.
Independent School District 917: Are you interested in working in a community that supports diverse learners as they become healthy, strong, connected, and resilient young adults? Intermediate School District 917 serves students from nine school districts throughout Dakota County. With three Area Learning Sites we provide alternative education programming to meet the complex and unique needs of 200 students. We are looking for teammates to be strong advocates, empathetic coaches, and caring adults for the children who need us the most.
White Bear Lake Area Schools: Join a team of leaders in innovative education at White Bear Lake Area Schools! Utilize your passion and experience to develop personal relationships and provide one-on-one supports that reengage and advance youth who are experiencing at-risk situations. We at White Bear Lake Area Schools believe that the unique experiences, talents, and personality that you possess will have a positive and profound impact on our students’ success.
Hopkins Public Schools: Join the revolution! Hopkins schools is engaged in the enormous work of changing education to ensure the needs of ALL of our students are met. We are a welcoming community. We embrace individuality, inclusivity, and kindness as empowered learners who create a better world.
Roseville Area Schools: Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of youth? Roseville Area Schools is seeking AmeriCorps Promise Fellows at the Middle and High School levels to provide mentorship and tutoring to students who need a caring adult to help put them on the right life trajectory. Consider joining us as we unlock the limitless potential of each and every student and help them succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
Saint Paul Public Schools: SPPS is looking for Promise Fellows to serve at the Academic Support Center, providing in-person academic and/or social-emotional learning support for students and their families during distance learning. The centers will provide academic support, not classroom instruction.
Fridley Public Schools: As a world class community of learners, Fridley Public Schools aims to develop internationally minded students. We challenge ourselves, our students, and our community to become caring and knowledgeable life-long learners who inquire and take action to create a better world.
Intermediate District 287: District 287 serves students with higher needs. Our Promise Fellows work with students in Alternative Learning Centers and also contribute to our Diploma On! project to re-engage students who drop from high school. Our team is wildly passionate and supportive, and we look forward to working together with you to combat the achievement gap!
Laura Jeffrey Academy: Laura Jeffrey Academy was founded to help address the systematic decline of interest and skill for middle school girls in the areas of math, science and physical education. We are a public, girl-focused, STEM-focused school that strives to provide an empowering education for all our students. Come join our team of passionate educators!
Minneapolis Public Schools (Check & Connect program and Office of Black Student Achievement): If you are interested in serving in a diverse urban district, implementing an evidence-based program which is recognized around the country, join our Minneapolis Public Schools Check & Connect team. You will be surrounded by a dynamic team of smart, persistent, and professional individuals who not only do great work, but love what they are doing.
Orono School District/Community Education: Our students will maximize their potential in life because of their experiences in Orono Schools. Our commitment to fulfilling that mission is stronger than ever, and we’re excited to blaze new trails on the roadmap to the future. Orono’s three goals are scholarship, character, and relationships.
Paladin Career and Technical High School: Paladin is a relationships-first, student centered school. We focus on meeting our students where they are at and providing them the supports they need. Our mission is to nurture a learning community that empowers students in their pursuit of social, emotional, and academic growth, thereby creating a foundation for a successful future. We are trauma responsive and implement restorative practices. As a Promise Fellow you are part of the team and everyone works together to support the students. We do school differently here – students have a voice and choice in their education with our project based and experiential models. Promise Fellows have similar autonomy. Paladin offers the flexibility for you to build your experience around your passions and sharing them with our students. If this sounds like a great fit for you, come be a part of our innovative team.
Park High School: Park High School is part of South Washington County Schools, a suburban district located southeast of St. Paul, Minnesota.Do you want to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others? Are you interested in improving educational equity, advocating for others, or supporting youth development? Join our passionate and dedicated Park High School family!
PPL Loring Nicollet Alternative High School: Are you interested in serving at a Minneapolis alternative high school where your day-to-date interactions create life-changing impact for youth at risk? If you have an interest in contributing to positive youth development, education equity, and social justice in a multicultural, informal atmosphere, consider becoming a Promise Fellow at Loring Nicollet Alternative School (LNAS). There, you will be a key link to students—working one-to-one with them to provide unique academic and social-emotional support and empowering them to achieve their goals.
Robbinsdale Area Schools (Robbinsdale Middle, Sandburg Middle and FAIR School- Crystal): Robbinsdale Area Schools is committed to ensuring every student is exposed to rigorous learning to matriculate through high school. The mission of Robbinsdale Area Schools is to inspire and educate all learners to discover their potential and positively contribute to their community. If you are willing to implement policies and practices that open pathways to academic excellence for all students by utilizing culturally responsive practices and personalized learning for all students, engaging family and community members as partners and engaging and empowering students then we are the right school district for you!
St Paul Public Schools- Murray Middle School: Are you interested in serving a diverse community of learners where your support can have a direct impact on the academic experience of today’s youth? If you have a passion for building positive relationships with students and colleagues, seeing students grow and succeed and being a part of a strong supportive community then this position is for you. Join our Murray community and help to prepare our youth for success in middle school, high school and beyond!
Augsburg Fairview Academy: Join the team at Augsburg Fairview Academy through the AmeriCorps Promise Fellow program. Augsburg Fairview Academy offers a teen-friendly, and family-friendly, atmosphere in which students are deeply respected and everyone is held to a high standard of personal honor. Students find their place among people who care a great deal about them and their future.
Career Pathways: Career Pathways works to include underserved and disenfranchised students who do not achieve well in traditional settings, but who will flourish in this unique multi-age/multi-graded environment which promotes application of learning. Research shows that all students learn better when they experience the real-life responsibilities of the job. To learn more about our school and our goals, please visit our website: www.cpathmn.org
Centennial Middle School: Do you want to love your job and make a difference in kids’ lives? Do you want to know that you will be supported along the way and will have other Promise Fellows on your team? Follow the video link provided to learn more about Centennial Middle School’s Promise Fellow program and how you can join the team. youtu.be/pfLnyRmw0l0
Woodbury High School: Woodbury High School is a four-year public high school located in Woodbury, Minnesota. WHS is part of South Washington County Schools. The city of Woodbury is one of the fastest growing and most vibrant communities in the Midwest. Woodbury is the largest city in Washington County and is a suburb of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Promise Fellow- Greater Minnesota Schools
Norse Area Learning Center (North Branch): The NORSE Area Learning Center in North Branch, Minnesota is a state approved alternative program for students that are struggling to graduate on time from high school. We offer unique schedules, including a variety of electives and a work program, while students still focus and study the core classes. Our students work at their own flexible pace and program. We are in a small community with work closely with our students and their families.
Aitkin High School: Located in the center of Minnesota’s recreation country are over 550 students who attend Aitkin High School. Not only are we close to many recreation opportunities, but our school provides varied academic and co-curricular activities. Our staff is proud of our students’ accomplishments and our community supports our students. You will enjoy our close knit district that is centrally located in the state allowing convenient access to anything you may want. Join us at ISD1 and become an AHS Aitkin Gobbler.
United Way of 1000 Lakes/Greenway High School: Greenway HS is excited to have a full complement in the Student Services office this year including 2 counselors 5-12 and a full time social worker! Alongside the academic interventionist we are ramping up our student supports through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) training this summer and it is crucial that we have the additional personnel to provide for intervention work with students. This position will enjoy an opportunity to not only work with students in need, but with a dynamic team of passionate and committed support specialists and teachers.
Watertown-Mayer Schools: Watertown-Mayer Middle School and High School are seeking individuals interested helping us work together to what’s best for kids! Our mission is to ensure all students grow through connections and opportunities. We are in need of dedicated individuals that are interested in providing their talents and resources to students in 6-12 grade. If you have a passion for mentoring and coaching young adults please consider joining our team!
Grandview Middle School: Is there anything more gratifying than helping someone reach their potential? We are a small, western suburb middle school seeking passionate and dedicated mentors to work with our at-risk youth. Join our team of excellent educators to help students with their academic and social-emotional needs. Create lifelong memories and relationships with these unique students, while also being a huge part of their success story.
Northfield Community Schools (Middle and High Schools, Healthy Communities Initiative, Union of Youth): Join a dynamic cohort of 10+ Promise Fellows serving in Northfield, MN, to support the positive trajectory of over 300 local youth! If you are interested in education, social justice, closing the achievement gap, homelessness, mental health, youth development, community collaboration, collective impact and most importantly, young people, we have the perfect service position for you.
STRIDE Academy: STRIDE Academy is a public charter school that aims to be highly regarded for its approach to the whole child, its academic excellence, and for its contribution in actively serving and improving the community. STRIDE values effective community collaboration, building a sense of physical, social, and emotional well-being among students, and positive and culturally responsive practices that increase school connectedness. STRIDE strives to teach students effective critical thinking skills, in addition to compassionate responses, and high emotional intelligence in order to foster successful leaders of today and of the future. STRIDE Academy offers individualized learning through focused and collaborative differentiation processes, including dyslexia programming, English language services, and social emotional learning initiatives.
Promise Fellow- Community Organizations
Breakthrough Minneapolis at Blake: Are you someone who is passionate about educational equity, like to have fun, and want to support Minneapolis Public School students reach their full potential? Breakthrough is looking for an Americorps Promise Fellow to help support our amazing middle and high school aged students. This year-long service position is a great opportunity to gain important jobs skills that will help prepare you for your career path while also making an impact on the community. LearningWorks – Launched in 2000 through a unique public-private partnership between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and The Blake School (Blake), Breakthrough’s mission is to provide a challenging, year-round academic enrichment program for motivated and traditionally underrepresented students, setting them on a post-secondary path while preparing and inspiring talented college and high school students to become the next generation of educators. Formed to address the barriers to educational equity, LearningWorks has an aspirational vision of what school and learning could be for all students when education is student centered, culturally responsive and equitable. Learn more at: www.blakeschool.org/learningworks
Keystone Community Services: If you believe in the power of community, Keystone’s Community Kids is the program for you! Our students attend public, private, and charter schools; then they all come to our Community Center after school. They receive daily homework help and tutoring, and connect with youth and neighbors from their community. Our students love coming here and you will too! You will have the opportunity to mentor youth in a highly diverse, collaborative environment. Coach them to develop their talents, face challenges, solve problems, and achieve success in school and life.
Carlton County and REACH Mentoring Partnership: Are you interested in serving where your day-to-day interactions with youth make a direct impact? If you have an interest in mentoring, restorative practices, social justice, or youth development; and are looking to bring positive role models into the lives of young people: to build self-esteem, meaningful relationships and a sense of belonging within themselves, their families, their school, and our community. Then work with Carlton County and the REACH Mentoring Program in meeting its organizational goals of building protective factors in youth that will lead them to thrive in their community.
Youth First Community of Promise: Are you interested in being a part of community change for young people? Do you believe that all youth deserve an opportunity to have safe spaces, caring adults, a healthy start, effective education, and opportunities to serve others? If so, then Youth First is the right place for you. Join us in developing young people in the cities of Ramsey, Anoka, Andover, and Coon Rapids through programming that is directed at middle and high school students. Be the role model for who they will strive to be as they grow into adulthood. Join our team-oriented staff to work with our incredible and diverse student population!
Minnesota Alliance With Youth- Promise Fellow Leader: The Alliance works in partnership with youth to ensure that ALL young people have equitable educational opportunities that foster their individual assets, honor their voices, and prepare them to reach their goals. We envision a Minnesota that supports young people in building their own present and future.
Rebound, Inc is dedicated to providing culturally specific services to youth in a residential setting, particularly African American youth of all genders ages 14-18+. Promise Fellows will help youth get enrolled in school, tutor and mentor them throughout the school year to help ensure that they will succeed in school. and develop educational outings and enrichment programs for the young people we serve.
Emma Norton Services is a trauma-informed organization that promotes healing and recovery, operating at a scale that brings a full array of resources to women, individuals, and families who have experienced homelessness. Housing and services are exemplary, offered in collaboration with key community partners.
2022-23 AmeriCorps VISTA
Positions available starting in August 2022:
VISTA members build organizational capacity by strengthening and connecting existing resources and best practices to better serve youth, especially young people of color and young people living in poverty.
VISTA applications are accepted through the MyAmeriCorps website, and are linked below.
AmeriCorps VISTA Positions:
VISTA Service Locations
Big Brothers Big Sisters – Community Engagement VISTA – The VISTA member will work closely with the Manager of Community Engagement and Recruitment to create and strengthen processes and procedures to streamline recruiting at BBBS. The VISTA member will also help determine a logical and efficient division of labor between the Manager position and a future coordinator position. Finally, the VISTA member will help BBBS expand their reach in the community by identifying local partners and public events where BBBS can promote recruitment opportunities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters – College & Career Readiness VISTA- This VISTA will build the capacity of the College & Career Readiness and Alumni programs for expansion. Through program and process assessments, a program manual will be developed along with program expansion plans. The CCR and Alumni program manual will include not only program processes but also resources and training material around college and career readiness and persistence that help increase educational and career equity. The VISTA will develop and assess CCR program activities to ensure that youth equity and other Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion [JEDI] values are modeled and implemented, and that expansion plans are developed.
Children First – Early Years Coordinator VISTA- The VISTA member will help us launch a StriveTogether Network Cradle to Career educational partnership focused on closing opportunity gaps in St. Louis Park, MN. We seek to engage youth as change agents in our efforts actively. The VISTA will build an Early Years Action Group with a data-informed culture focused on population-level results and develop a community scorecard and partnership website.
Children First – Upper Grades & Post-Secondary VISTA- Children First was founded in 1992 on the principles of collaborative action and a shared community vision to enable the healthy development of youth around the research-based 40 developmental assets. The VISTA member will help us launch a StriveTogether Network Cradle to Career educational partnership focused on closing opportunity gaps in St. Louis Park, MN. The VISTA will build an Upper Grades/Post-Secondary/Career Readiness Action Group with a data-informed culture focused on population-level results and develop a community scorecard and partnership website.
CMRS – Stable Housing for Youth VISTA- CMRS’s mission is to develop the capacity of the community to respectfully resolve conflict and repair harm. We utilize this community empowerment approach as we work on addressing barriers to stable housing and school success. The VISTA will work alongside youth and educators in the schools community to help explore these questions, prevent homelessness, and increase housing stability. The VISTA will also utilize their learning to create outreach systems that help CMRS reach the wider community more effectively. They will work with a team to create and improve social media campaigns, email marketing, outreach events, and the website’s accessibility and appeal.
CMRS – School-Housing Advocate VISTA- Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc’s mission is to develop the capacity of the community to respectfully resolve conflict and repair harm. The VISTA will develop an understanding and skills in the principles of restorative justice practices, mediation, and conflict resolution. The VISTA will help CMRS strengthen practices, policies, and strategies rooted in community wisdom. They will work alongside our school, housing, and communication teams, experiencing a broad range of non-profit sector work.
CMRS – Restorative Justice and Mediation Evaluation VISTA- Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc’s mission is to develop the capacity of the community to respectfully resolve conflict and repair harm. feedback from the people who receive our services and are most impacted by the model and practices we use. This VISTA will bring fresh perspectives and ideas to help us check organizational blind spots. The VISTA will also bring together a group of young people who we serve. The VISTA will facilitate this group in order to learn about restorative justice, mediation, and CMRS. The group will have the opportunity to provide direct feedback and suggestions to a variety of stakeholders at CMRS and in the wider community
FamilyWise Services – Communication & Development VISTA- Since 1976, FamilyWise Services (FWS) has been educating and empowering families struggling with poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues, homelessness & domestic violence, with a mission to strengthen families by promoting the safety, stability, and well-being of children. FWS fulfills this mission by educating communities about a collection of research called NEAR science (Neurobiology, Epigenetics/ Historical Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resilience research) so local champions can transform their understanding of how trauma impacts long-term health into action to support community resiliency-building efforts. The VISTA will primarily focus on expanding the breadth and depth of offerings as well as focusing on developing resources for the presenter network and community partners.
Hopkins Community Education – Schools & Community Connector- Hopkins Community Education is the north star of lifelong learning & enrichment for our community. We serve the community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement. The Schools & Community Connector VISTA will increase our capacity in reaching our department’s goal of providing equitable and inclusive settings for learners of all ages to discover, lead, and thrive. Main focus of the VISTA’s project includes: Expanding greater and more equitable community access to Community Education opportunities through the implementation of a robust communications, marketing, and social media infrastructure. Working with the Community Education team, a Youth Advisory Board, district leaders, and community stakeholders to rebuild the Hopkins Family Services Collaborative into a functioning, effective, action-oriented, and youth-centered collective of Hopkins Public Schools staff and community members.
Hopkins High School – Royal Connections Coordinator VISTA- The Royal Connections program has been providing direct academic support to teachers and scholars since we started the program in 2020. Royal Connections Instructors assist with lessons, read to scholars, and provide remedial 1:1 support. There is also a high need for tutoring within our district’s English Language Learner program (ELL). Peer tutoring can provide a safe space for ELL scholars to practice English with personalized support that is implausible in a regular classroom setting, while making an early connection to another Hopkins scholar to foster a more connected and inclusive community. The services provided by Royal Connections assists our Hopkins community to navigate these uncertain times by providing support for educational success, from the most seasoned teacher to our most vulnerable students
Junior Achievement North – Marketing & Communications VISTA- JA’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Our K-12 programs empower students to be ready for the real world by showing them how to earn and manage money, excel in their careers, and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Through a continuum of progressive learning experiences, students acquire competencies needed to reach their full potential. Junior Achievement’s unique program model leverages thousands of volunteers who deliver hands-on lessons to youth. JA serves students, educators, and partner schools throughout MN, ND, and western WI. The Marketing & Communications VISTA will help deepen JA’s ties and messaging across our service region. By building our marketing, branding, and messaging capacity, Junior Achievement will establish itself as a regional thought leader in experiential education, youth entrepreneurship, and career readiness.
Junior Achievement North – Development Operations VISTA- JA’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Our K-12 programs empower students to be ready for the real world by showing them how to earn and manage money, excel in their careers, and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. JA programs align to three pathways: Financial Literacy, Work and Career Readiness, and Entrepreneurship. The Development Operations VISTA will build the prospecting and fundraising capacity of the organization. By identifying and securing revenue from new and increased donors, JA will impact more systemically excluded students and communities.
Junior Achievement North – Engagement & Equity VISTA- JA’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. A programs align to three pathways: Financial Literacy, Work and Career Readiness, and Entrepreneurship. Through a continuum of progressive learning experiences, students acquire the competencies needed to reach their full potential. The Engagement & Equity VISTA will play a pivotal role in building the long-term infrastructure for Junior Achievement’s goal of becoming a more inclusive organization. This position will work closely with the Engagement & Equity team, cross-functionally, and externally to build out longstanding processes, presentation and training materials, and external engagement materials. The Engagement & Equity VISTA will have the opportunity to make a direct impact on the students we serve, the staff, the organization, and the community.
Junior Achievement North – Special Events VISTA- JA’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA’s unique program model leverages thousands of volunteers who deliver experiential lessons to students. The Special Events VISTA will be both externally and internally facing, engaging a variety of constituents. This position will collaborate with event vendors and engage community members to increase the number of event attendees and visibility of the events. The Events VISTA will engage nonprofit partners who have developed successful materials and processes and will selectively incorporate their practices into JA North’s event implementation.
Minnesota Alliance With Youth – VISTA Leader-Minnesota Alliance With Youth VISTA program places members in nonprofits, government, and schools in the Twin Cities to create, connect, and leverage resources to address education inequities such as the opportunity and achievement gaps. We build capacity, coordinate efforts that bridge and build the integration of school and community-wide support for youth, and actively engage youth as agents of change in closing these gaps. Our 20 person cohort meets regularly for professional development, team building, and peer support. This position is placed internally at the Alliance. The role of the Alliance VISTA leader is to mentor, coordinate, recruit, and support the 19 other Alliance VISTAs across Minnesota as they work towards the ultimate goal of the program through their VISTA positions.
Minnesota Alliance With Youth – Youth Council Program VISTA- This position is placed at Minnesota Alliance With Youth, working with the Minnesota Youth Council. The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) envisions a state that prioritizes the agency and voice of young people from all backgrounds. These young leaders are the go-to group in Minnesota for elevating and championing youth voice in decision-making. Members of the MYC are change agents in their communities and across the state, leading the way with youth-centered systems change. The MYC partners with community organizations to create change across the state, and MYC youth members are leaders in many coalitions working for change in MN.
St. Paul Parks and Recreation – Awakenings Program VISTA- The Awakenings program began in June of 2020. Our vision, mission, and purpose are: To interrupt the production pattern of trauma fueled youth into trauma fueled young adults; To provide a safe place where awareness and healing can begin, and To introduce youth ages 6-13 to age-appropriate language of trauma and mental health while using restorative practices. The Program Developer will create and implement critical elements of the program to ensure its success. The development and implement of evaluation tools, curriculum, and interns will support the youth group work done by the CFPS team.
St. Louis Park Community Ed – Volunteer Engagement VISTA– The Volunteer Program serves students and staff in St. Louis Park Public Schools from our earliest learners to our oldest adults in 4 Elementary schools, one Middle School, one High School and two Community Centers. Volunteers are uniquely positioned to work directly with students and staff to help bridge opportunity and education gaps so students can achieve academic success. The Volunteer Engagement VISTA will help assess, build, and sustain the Volunteer Program by recruiting, training and placing volunteers; creating partnerships in the community; and securing funding to sustain the program.