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Promise Fellow Host Site RFP- Now Available!

Dear Community Partners,

The Minnesota Alliance With Youth invites community organizations, schools, government agencies, and others to submit a Host Site Application to host AmeriCorps Promise Fellows in 2013-2014.  As the state’s leading youth development capacity-builder, convener, and collaborator, the Alliance catalyzes communities, helping all Minnesota youth graduate from high school on time with plans for ongoing success in education, work, and life. The Alliance helps communities statewide develop a framework of common goals, shared agendas, collective measures, and unified messages. To support Graduation For All efforts, the Alliance serves as a backbone intermediary, impacting individuals and systems, and creating life-changing outcomes.

The complete Promise Fellow Host Site application, instructions and background information can be found online at www.mnyouth.netApplications are due no later than March 1st.

AmeriCorps Promise Fellows provide a powerful and cost-effective solution for school districts and community-based organizations striving to meet the needs of youth in grades 6-10.  Too many young people are in the process of disengaging and dropping out. We know that by connecting them to caring adults, engaging them in school and learning, and giving them opportunities to lead & serve, we can begin to turn the tide and ensure they are on track to graduate, ready for college, career, and life.

AmeriCorps 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 youth acquire the skills needed to be successful in school, work, and life.

Each Promise Fellow serves at least 30 youth in grades 6-10, 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 Minnesota Alliance With Youth invites partnerships between schools and community-based organizations to submit an application to request AmeriCorps Promise Fellows to provide additional support in delivering wrap-around services to youth at risk of dropping out of school.  Each host site is responsible for providing a Cash Match of $6,500 per Promise Fellow in addition to in-kind support.

To learn more about how Promise Fellows might be deployed in your community or to discuss whether your organization would be a good fit for hosting Promise Fellows, please contact Melissa Burwell, Director of Strategic Initiatives, mburwell@staging1.mnyouth.net, 651-528-8561.  Complete application materials and instructions for how to submit an application online can be found at www.mnyouth.net/promise-fellows/hostApplications are due March 1st.

Thank you for your interest and commitment to serving Minnesota’s youth!

Melissa Burwell

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