Scholar Coach and Students

Tackling the Opportunity Gap, One School at a Time

By Shayla Thiel Stern Four years ago, school leaders and community partners at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School in North Minneapolis decided to take a new approach to boosting student achievement. Facing the impact of opportunity gaps experienced by their students due to a variety of factors outside of school (poverty, housing instability, etc.), school and community leaders decided to embark on an “all-in” and … Continue reading Tackling the Opportunity Gap, One School at a Time

Northwest Conservation Corps

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

ServeMinnesota has gathered some of our favorite recent social media posts about AmeriCorps and service. Follow our social platforms at @ServeMN and #IServeMN to let us know what posts you think are most noteworthy.  We loved this post from Danielle Bauer, a newly-minted AmeriCorps Community Volunteer Ambassador at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, who will begin service in this winter wonderland soon. 2. Can’t … Continue reading Service on Social: The Best Tweets, Grams and Posts of the Week

Young woman working

AmeriCorps: An Internship Alternative

By Christy Ohlgrogge Across the nation, college students are heading back to school to begin the spring semester, and those few months leading up to the summer are a time of both excitement and panic for a lot of students. Those who were like me might realize a little bit too late that they do not have enough internship experience in the field of their … Continue reading AmeriCorps: An Internship Alternative

Steven Yang and GreenCorps

From Minnesota GreenCorps to Graduate School, Service is a Thread Through His Life

By Erika Ayn Finch It’s not an exaggeration to say that service and community has shaped Steven Yang’s life since he was a child. The son of Hmong refugee parents, Yang’s family home in Golden Valley was built by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. His parents – and Yang, when he’s in town – still live in that house with its garage which bears the … Continue reading From Minnesota GreenCorps to Graduate School, Service is a Thread Through His Life

Boy doing math problem

Math is a Critical Piece of Minnesota’s Future Economic Competitiveness

By Audrey Suker and Kate Kelly Editor’s Note: The following article, which was written by ServeMinnesota CEO Audrey Suker and PNC Bank Regional President Kate Kelly, was published by The Star Tribune on Dec. 30, 2018. As business leaders, we understand that one of the most critical investments we can make is in education. Today’s students are tomorrow’s employees and consumers. It is our human … Continue reading Math is a Critical Piece of Minnesota’s Future Economic Competitiveness

resolutions

5 Reasons to Make Service to Others Your New Year’s Resolution

By Shayla Thiel Stern New Year’s resolutions often hinge on self-improvement – read more books, eat more vegetables, learn a new skill, meet more friends. These are all great ideas, but what if you replaced this seasonal urge for self-improvement with resolve to help others in 2019?   At ServeMinnesota, we help partners and nonprofit organizations like Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota GreenCorps, Reading … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Make Service to Others Your New Year’s Resolution

New homeowners for Habitat for Humanity

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

ServeMinnesota has gathered some of our favorite recent social media posts about AmeriCorps and service. Follow our social platforms at @ServeMN and #IServeMN to let us know what posts you think are most noteworthy.  1. Twin Cities photographer Nate Ryan posted inspiring photos of Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter working alongside AmeriCorps members at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for a feature in Minnesota Monthly. … Continue reading Service on Social Media: The Best Tweets, Grams and Posts of the Week

A Retired Police Officer Finds Positivity in Math Corps Service

By Shayla Thiel Stern, ServeMinnesota When he retired in 2016, former Burnsville Police Sergeant Dan Carlson traded in his holster for pencils and got a whole new blue uniform. This uniform, however, has an AmeriCorps patch instead of a shiny gold badge. In his second year as a Minnesota Math Corps tutor at Motley Elementary School in Motley, Minn., the 58-year-old says that his 30 … Continue reading A Retired Police Officer Finds Positivity in Math Corps Service

Math Corps Tutor and Student

Why You Should Serve When You’re Older

By Audrey Suker, ServeMinnesota CEO Editor’s note: This essay was originally published by AARP Minnesota. It should be no surprise to anyone reading this article: Older Minnesotans are an important key to solving some of the most pervasive social issues. As the CEO of ServeMinnesota, the organization responsible for investing AmeriCorps resources in ways that help solve unsolved problems, I can say with certainty that … Continue reading Why You Should Serve When You’re Older

ReadingCorps Tutor and Student

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

ServeMinnesota has gathered some of our favorite recent social media posts about AmeriCorps and service. Follow our social platforms at @ServeMN and #IServeMN to let us know what posts you think are most noteworthy.   We appreciated the Corporation for National and Community Service‘s tribute to President George H.W. Bush, who was a strong advocate for dedicating oneself to service: 2. AARP Minnesota posted an essay … Continue reading Service on Social Media: The Best Tweets, Grams and Posts of the Week