She Helps Students With Math So They Don’t Have to Struggle Like She Did

By Shayla Thiel Stern Houa Xiong remembers how difficult math was for her when she was in fourth or fifth grade. At one point, she said, her teacher told her that she was failing. Determined to learn and improve, she made an effort to come to school early each morning to study math facts all on her own. Today, as a math tutor with Minnesota … Continue reading She Helps Students With Math So They Don’t Have to Struggle Like She Did

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Everything You Need to Know About the AmeriCorps Education Award

AmeriCorps service brings all kinds of rewards — an ability to directly help others, a sense of fellowship and belonging, a meaningful line of experience on your resume or c.v. and many other rewards that are mostly of the intrinsic variety. But one major extrinsic benefit worth mentioning is the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. The award is named after Eli Segal, a pioneer of national … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About the AmeriCorps Education Award

AmeriCorps: One of the Best Kept Secrets for People Over 55? Watch this Interview with Diana Pierce to Learn More

Recently, multimedia journalist and former KARE 11 anchor Diana Pierce invited Reading Corps tutor Georgette Johnson and ServeMinnesota CEO Audrey Suker to appear on her Facebook Live show, “What’s Next With Diana Pierce,” to talk about all the fantastic reasons to serve in AmeriCorps in retirement. Watch the episode here. Continue reading AmeriCorps: One of the Best Kept Secrets for People Over 55? Watch this Interview with Diana Pierce to Learn More

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Serving in the Police Department and Becoming a Role Model

By Shayla Thiel Stern Mahamed Dahir remembers how St. Paul police officers would open the neighborhood gym to play basketball with him and his friends when he was a teenager. The image stuck with him as he got older and inspired him to begin training to be the kind of police officer who would engage with young people across the city. As an AmeriCorps member … Continue reading Serving in the Police Department and Becoming a Role Model

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA: Separate But Complementary Branches of Service

By Shayla Thiel Stern AmeriCorps is a force across the state of Minnesota – and with 2,160 members, larger than many might expect. ServeMinnesota is responsible for all the Minnesota state AmeriCorps programs, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that funds national service, has an office in Minnesota that administers the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program. Although … Continue reading AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA: Separate But Complementary Branches of Service

Monica Rudolph

Recovery Corps Member Featured in Buzzfeed Article About Little Falls, Minn.

Buzzfeed recently published an article, “Here’s How One Small Town Beat the Opioid Epidemic,” featuring AmeriCorps member Monica Rudolph who is now a Recovery Navigator in Minnesota Recovery Corps. Learn about Monica’s journey and read the story about how Little Falls has made great progress in fighting the opioid use crisis in the community. READ MORE Continue reading Recovery Corps Member Featured in Buzzfeed Article About Little Falls, Minn.

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Service on Social: The Best Tweets, Grams and Posts of the Week

Welcome to a special winter-themed edition of Service on Social. ServeMinnesota is based in Minneapolis, where we’ve endured many subzero days this winter and now are buried beneath several feet of snow. However, AmeriCorps members in many parts of the country seem to be serving in a winter wonderland this year, and that warms our hearts. This edition of Service on Social is dedicated to … Continue reading Service on Social: The Best Tweets, Grams and Posts of the Week

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How Service Helps Build Leadership Skills

By Zayn Saifullah Serving with College Possible was my first time working in an office bigger than 15 people (in fact, much bigger with 171 staff and AmeriCorps members in Minnesota alone). As a recent graduate, I started out feeling very unconfident in such a comparatively large setting and convinced that my introversion and shyness made me unsuited to leadership. The needs of my service … Continue reading How Service Helps Build Leadership Skills

Her Service Helps Students from Her Own Community See College as a Possibility

By Shayla Thiel Stern As one of nine children of Hmong refugee parents, Goachy Yang had not given college much thought. “In the Hmong community, it’s either college or marriage if you’re a girl,” she said. “Applying to colleges just seemed like a hassle, and I thought I would try to just work after I finished high school.” Gaochy changed her mind when her older … Continue reading Her Service Helps Students from Her Own Community See College as a Possibility

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How to Live on an AmeriCorps Stipend

By Shayla Thiel Stern Spending a year of your life serving in AmeriCorps is an amazing experience. You might be cleaning up damaged forests after a hurricane, helping kids in low-income areas improve reading and math skills, building a home for a family that otherwise has unstable housing or assisting a person who struggled with substance abuse with resources for recovery. Through AmeriCorps you can … Continue reading How to Live on an AmeriCorps Stipend