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Tips from an AmeriCorps Member: How Serving Helps Prepare for Her Future

Shortly after Christy Ohlrogge graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree communication studies in August 2018, she realized a great opportunity waited for her in service to her home state. The 23-year-old North St. Paul native joined Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, an organization that works to provide affordable housing in the metro area as well as assistance with home repair, home ownership … Continue reading Tips from an AmeriCorps Member: How Serving Helps Prepare for Her Future

He Once Struggled with Addiction. Now He Helps Others Navigate Recovery

By Erika Ayn Finch Jordan Wanat knows firsthand the struggles of battling addiction, and he’s using that knowledge to help others through his involvement in Minnesota Recovery Corps. The AmeriCorps program is designed specifically for people with direct or indirect experience with a substance use disorder to serve other individuals who are trying to sustain their own recovery. Jordan began his service in September. He … Continue reading He Once Struggled with Addiction. Now He Helps Others Navigate Recovery

Victor Rodriguez

The Future of the St. Paul Police Department Looks Like This

By Erika Ayn Finch Victor Rodriguez started changing the face of the St. Paul Police Department in his work as an AmeriCorps member in the Law Enforcement Career Path Academy (LECPA). A partnership between ServeMinnesota, the St. Paul Police Department and Century College, LECPA was designed to increase the understanding of the American legal system and improve trust in local law enforcement.   This is … Continue reading The Future of the St. Paul Police Department Looks Like This

Rachael Snavely

Minnesota Reading Corps Changed This Tutor’s Life

By Erika Ayn Finch What started out as a way to put food on the table turned into a life-changing experience for Rachael Snavely. After years of working in fast-food, Rachael found herself without a job after a company-wide layoff. A friend suggested she apply to serve with Minnesota Reading Corps, which seemed like a stretch to Rachael. Though she had taught herself to read … Continue reading Minnesota Reading Corps Changed This Tutor’s Life

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Study Data Proves Minnesota Reading Corps Makes a Long-lasting Impact

We’ve all heard our peers expound on the effectiveness of a program (the Paleo diet comes to mind), but when was the last time they could actually prove it with cold, hard facts? Thanks to an independent study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, the leaders of Minnesota Reading Corps can prove that Minnesota’s students are accelerating their growth at a rate that … Continue reading Study Data Proves Minnesota Reading Corps Makes a Long-lasting Impact

John Kidd and children in Reading Corps

Recent Retiree Honors Wife’s Memory Through Service

By Erika Ayn Finch When John Kidd retired from product development in the athletics industry in January 2016, he was thinking about his wife. Kathleen Kidd passed away in 2015. She had spent 22 years assisting the education staff at Kaposia Education Center in South St. Paul. “I wanted to see what she saw day to day, walk the same halls she walked,” says John. … Continue reading Recent Retiree Honors Wife’s Memory Through Service