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City of Lakes AmeriCorps Youth Worker
Minneapolis Public Schools | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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This application DOES NOT require a resume or cover letter. Click on "Cancel" when receiving a prompt to upload your resume and/or cover letter and continue with the application. You may upload these documents if you have them but they ARE NOT required.

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Job Title: City of Lakes AmeriCorps Youth Worker and Requisition ID number: 47442

Close Date: No established closing date; open until filled

Organizational Unit: Community Education (10000017)

Site: Citywide School Support (0002)

FTE: 1.0; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union: Misc(40)

Functional Area: Paraprofessional

Resume and Cover Letter are not mandatory to apply for this position.


Youth Workers serve in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) to support the social-emotional development and academic success in grades 6-8. Youth Workers utilize youth development best practices to design and lead high-interest, hands-on after school and summer enrichment classes. Youth Workers also conduct community outreach and mobilize volunteers to build the capacity of Minneapolis Community Education to meet the unique needs of our school communities.

August 28th, 2017– July 31st, 2018

Enrichment Programming
 Serve at a MPS middle school or k-8 school site Monday through Thursday between the hours of 1:00 and 6:00 pm. After school programs tend to run 2-3 hours per day and start and end times vary by school site (typically 2:00 – 4:30 or 3:45 – 5:45).
 Lead or co-lead 3-4 after school enrichment classes per week based on student interest and site needs. These activities can include, but are not limited to, athletics, service learning, arts, science, cooking, and leadership development.
 Establish class expectations and procedures that maintain Community Education standards and include student input.
 Build positive relationships with students through intentional interactions and youth development best practices.
 Facilitate daily enrichment activities and classes for Community Education summer programming.
 Schedule and attend monthly cluster meetings with site supervisors and the 2-5 fellow AmeriCorps members serving at a given school site to discuss upcoming school events and collaborate on shared tasks and service activities.

Community Outreach
 Conduct a site-specific needs assessment to identify opportunities to increase the capacity of the school’s Community Education enrichment program to serve students.
 Conduct community outreach to mobilize after school volunteers and identify potential partnerships with community based organizations to serve students after school, with an emphasis on outreach to bilingual volunteers and culturally-focused organizations.
 Support Community Education’s efforts to inform families of after school opportunities and to engage families in school and district-wide events.

National Service
 Actively participate in City of Lakes AmeriCorps trainings, events, service projects and state-wide AmeriCorps service opportunities.
 Work collaboratively with fellow AmeriCorps members to reflect on and enrich one another’s service experience.

 Communicate and interact with students in an age and developmentally appropriate way.
 Ensure confidentiality of all student information and records.
 Professionally communicate with site supervisors, school staff, administrators, and City of Lakes program staff.
 Act on constructive feedback from program staff, site supervisors, and school staff.
 Build professional relationships with fellow City of Lakes members, school staff, site supervisors, and program staff to maintain good communication and ensure program success.
 Read and respond daily to email communications from program staff and school personnel.
 Maintain up-to-date service activity data and submit timecards and quarterly reports on time.

 Establish and maintain a regular schedule at the school site Monday – Thursday.
 Attend entire week-long program orientation (August 28th – September 1st, 2017).
 Attend all mandatory professional development sessions (1:00 – 4:00 two Fridays per month) and City of Lakes Reflection Sessions (9:30 – 4:00 one Friday per month).
 Serve for the entire school year and summer enrichment session (August 28th, 2017– July 31st, 2018)
 Serve 20-25 hours per week during the school year and summer enrichment session in order to complete a minimum of 900 hours within an 11-month period.

 Assist with school events and MPS district volunteer opportunities.
 Serve on Minnesota’s Inter Corps Council (ICC).
 Assist City of Lakes program staff in developing and implementing service projects, member professional development opportunities, and corps-wide social events.
 Assist with quarterly family events led by full-time City of Lakes members.
 Seek independent service or professional development opportunities to augment and individualize the member service experience.

Applicants must meet City of Lakes AmeriCorps program eligibility requirements. Somali, Spanish, Hmong, and other second language speakers are particularly desired.
 Must be a US citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident
 Must be 18 years of age or older
 Must have a high school diploma/GED AND some post-high school education or relevant work experience
 Must pass a mandatory background check
 Ability to speak, read and write English fluently
 Interest in youth development and helping adolescents develop their social-emotional skills
 Prior experience working with youth in an educational or recreational setting (school, camp, etc.) preferred
 Ability to work with students in a variety of physical spaces (moving frequently within a classroom and around the school)
 Ability to supervise groups of up to 20 students independently
 Ability to build and nurture positive relationships with adolescents
 Excellent interpersonal and professional communication skills
 Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from supervisors and program staff
 Excellent time management and decision-making skills
 Ability to work with diverse personalities
 General computer skills, including ability to navigate online systems and email
 Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity
 Ability to adapt to a sometimes challenging, high-pressure environment
 Commitment to community service

Daily work involves collaboration with a variety of people including fellow AmeriCorps members, students, teachers, and other school staff. Minneapolis Public Schools environments in which members serve are diverse, fast paced and demanding. Each of our sites have their own unique culture, but all value dedicated, reliable, flexible and energetic people who can think creatively, problem-solve, seek help when needed, and take initiative.

 Living Allowance of approximately $270 (before taxes) every 2 weeks
 Education Award of up to $2,907.50 upon completion of service
 Student Loan Forbearance or time counted towards Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
 Ongoing Professional Development

City of Lakes AmeriCorps and Minneapolis Public Schools are committed to the inclusion of all individual without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, or religious, community, social affiliates, or other non-merit factors.

Lisa Lambert
Program Director


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | [No Established Closing Date] | Community Education (10000017) | Citywide School Support (0002) | Paraprofessional

About Minneapolis Public Schools

Since 1994, the Minneapolis Public Schools has operated under site-based decision making to move decision making closest to the students served. The goal of site-based management is to improve student achievement. Under site-based decision making, district and school efforts, theoretically, should complement each other. District offices set parameters, facilitate the sharing of information and best practices among schools, help evaluate progress, and give constructive feedback to both the schools and the Board. Schools have freedom (within approved decision-making parameters) to design site plans. Although what site-based decision making looks like at each school may vary, schools typically have a team of representatives from all areas to serve as a "site council," "education council" or "shared leadership team." This will include principals, parents, students, teachers, specialist teachers, clerical, other building staff, business partners, and the community/neighborhood. The councils meet monthly to make decisions and discuss long-range program goals for the school. Parents who are not on the council may attend and if they would like to have a subject discussed, may submit agenda items and talk to a member. Under the site-based decision making philosophy, these councils are to examine everything that might be standing in the way of student achievement-be it grade levels, student groupings, materials, or school policies and practice-and recommend keeping what is working and changing what is not.

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