AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Minneapolis American Indian Center


Title: AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
Placement Site: Minneapolis American Indian Center
Contact: Julie Green, Ginew/Golden Eagle Program Director, [email protected], 612-879-1765

Site Highlight
The Ginew/Golden Eagle Program of the Minneapolis American Indian Center has been changing the lives of American Indian youth for 25 years. If you are committed to addressing the historical trauma impacting Indian youth, and the resultant social, economic and health disparities, and you want to meet some great kids facing big challenges, join our team for 2018-19. Make a difference.

Minneapolis American Indian Center Overview
The Minneapolis American Indian Center is located in South Minneapolis, in the heart of the urban Native community. The Center has many resources and facilities for the youth: a gym, fitness center, class room/meeting room space, art room, library and computer area for youth. The GGE Program operates an after school program four nights a week at the Center, picking the youth up at their schools, homes or other locations, bringing them to the Center where they eat a light dinner, and then participate in a lesson from the GGE cultural curriculum, homework help/tutoring time, and then time to exercise and run in the gym, followed by a ride home. In addition to homework help/tutoring component, the program works to connect/reconnect youth with their culture and teachings, in order to build strong positive cultural identities, which serve as a protective factor against engaging in problematic behaviors or activities.

Minneapolis American Indian Center Promise Fellow Responsibilities
The Promise Fellow will work as part of the Ginew/Golden Eagle Youth Activities Team, which includes weekly planning meetings, preparation for the four-evening a week youth programming sessions, transportation, implementing the two and a half-hour programming sessions with the youth, and then returning them home. As part of one planning session each month, the team will focus on individual youth, and update the team on their issues, progress and needs. We will
also be developing a more formal case file system to document these issues, and the Promise Fellow will assist with developing and documenting these records.

General AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Position Responsibilities
Build and foster strong relationships with their selected students.
Coordinate and deliver in and out of school time academic enrichment activities with the goal that at least 30 youth in grades 6-10 will experience academic gains.
Meet regularly with Youth Success Team to review data and identify youth to serve; track student progress; and determine which interventions to connect to individual students or groups of students.
Develop and organize projects that engage youth participants in service and leadership activities.
Recruit and/or support community volunteers, including family members, to work with youth participants in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, civic engagement, and college/career exploration.
Provide attendance and behavior coaching for students targeted for needing assistance as determined through the multi-tiered system of support approach; promote positive behavior expectations.
Maintain data entry for program records, complete ongoing youth assessments and submit weekly and monthly reports using an online database system with support from site supervisor and site coordinator
Participate in all required Alliance, AmeriCorps, and Host Site meetings and assignments.

General AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements
Must be at least 18 years old
Have a high school diploma or GED
Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National or have status as a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien

Please note that final candidates will be required to successfully pass background checks before being officially enrolled by Minnesota Alliance With Youth.

General AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Qualifications
Interest and experience in youth, service, education, and non-profit work
Strong written and oral communication skills
Ability to deal effectively with a variety of tasks, priorities, and people in order to meet goals
Ability to work effectively with people of a variety of backgrounds and cultures
Self-motivated, able to work in a team, take initiative and work independently
Ability to present oneself in a highly professional manner and be an ambassador of the program

Site Specific Qualifications
Applicants 22+ years of age with good driving records who can assist with transportation process
Interest/knowledge of American Indian community, culture, and traditions
If not extensive knowledge, sensitivity and interest in learning about American Indian culture and traditions

Weekly Schedule
Monday-Thursday 11:00am-7:30pm, Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. One Friday/month will have shifted hours later into the evening for Friday Family Fun Night.
Promise Fellows must serve in a full time capacity for a minimum of 40 hours per week during their term.
Promise Fellows may NOT be in school full time or have another full time position and serve with the Alliance.

As a full-term AmeriCorps member, Promise Fellows serve in a full-time (40 hours per week minimum) capacity for a total of 1720 hours (minimum) from September 1st to July 31st (staggered start dates available beyond Sept 1st) and receive: Modest Living Allowance (approximately $624 twice per month, pre-tax); Health and Dental Insurance; Qualified Federal Student Loan Forbearance; Qualified Childcare Assistance; $5,920 Education Award upon successful
completion of service; Ongoing, extensive support and training. Additional benefits information is available at

TO APPLY: Please visit or contact the site contact listed above

For general questions about serving as an AmeriCorps member through Minnesota Alliance With Youth, please contact our Recruitment Team at [email protected] or 651-587-0531.

Please note:
We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
This position may not displace another employee or position in any way.
Reasonable accommodations provided upon request for interviews and service activities.
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