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8 Reasons to Spend Your Gap Year in AmeriCorps

By Katie Boehm and Shayla Thiel Stern When Malia Obama announced in 2016 that she would defer her first year at Harvard University and instead do a gap year, a lot of people had never even heard the term before. A gap year typically refers to a year-long break between high school and college, though sometimes college students will take time off for a gap … Continue reading 8 Reasons to Spend Your Gap Year in AmeriCorps

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From High School to AmeriCorps: A Recent Grad’s Decision to Join Reading Corps

By Shayla Thiel Stern When Yailyn Moran graduated from high school last spring, she knew that college was in her future. She just wasn’t sure what she wanted to study or where she wanted to go. So, she decided to take some time to figure it out while serving a good cause — young students in her hometown. Yailyn, 19, signed up to serve in … Continue reading From High School to AmeriCorps: A Recent Grad’s Decision to Join Reading Corps

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She Loved Her Small Hometown, and After College, Was Able to Serve There in AmeriCorps

Hilary Kelly is a kid magnet. When she walks into a room, children are around her. It’s clear she loves it. As one of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) AmeriCorps LEAP members, she saw it as her role to try to give children the ears and eyes working parents may not always be able to provide. “Parents are working hard these days,” said Kelly.  “I … Continue reading She Loved Her Small Hometown, and After College, Was Able to Serve There in AmeriCorps

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Did the Mayor of Minneapolis Just Agree to Let Us Dump Slime on His Head?

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey issued a challenge to members of the Minneapolis community to talk to friends, family and neighbors about signing up for AmeriCorps. If 20 new members sign up by May 10th, he will let the students of Hmong International Academy (a school with AmeriCorps members from City of Lakes AmeriCorps, Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps) create a barrel of slime … Continue reading Did the Mayor of Minneapolis Just Agree to Let Us Dump Slime on His Head?

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Helping Students and Discovering Her Passion

By Shayla Thiel Stern Just before she graduated from college, Telia Ratliff-Cross realized her heart was not really into the major in Communications and Public Relations that she’d declared years earlier. In fact, she suspected she’d prefer to work in education. So, immediately, after graduation from Minnesota State Moorehead in 2014, Telia signed up to be an AmeriCorps member with Minnesota Reading Corps, serving as … Continue reading Helping Students and Discovering Her Passion

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How National Service Recognition Day Recognizes AmeriCorps Service

April 2 marks National Service Recognition Day — the day when thousands of local leaders across the country honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers in a variety of great ways — participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations and taking to social media in a nationwide show of appreciation. This annual initiative always takes place the first Tuesday in April, and is led by … Continue reading How National Service Recognition Day Recognizes AmeriCorps Service

What is it Like to Be an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow?

Editor’s Note: These profiles are reposted from Minnesota Alliance for Youth Promise Fellows. If you would like to become a Promise Fellow, applications are being accepted now. MarcosAmeriCorps Promise Fellow at White Bear Lake Area High School One of my students shared a letter with me in which she expressed that I was one of the few adults in the school that genuinely meant it … Continue reading What is it Like to Be an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow?

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

ServeMinnesota has gathered some of our favorite recent social media posts about AmeriCorps and service, and you can feel the spring fever. Follow our social platforms at @ServeMN and #IServeMN to let us know what posts you think are most noteworthy.  If this gorgeous green capture from Southwest Conservation Corps doesn’t make you want to just take a deep breath of fresh mountain air, we … Continue reading Service on Social: The Best Tweets, Grams and Posts of the Month of March

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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