The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the \"digital divide\" for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul.Saint Paul Public Library serves a diverse urban population of immigrants, refugees, and native born residents, who come to public libraries for computer classes, resume writing assistance, job-search skill building, assistive technology, English Language classes, homework help, literacy resources, information searches, and media training. Sun Ray Library (200,000 visits in 2015 with 5000 youth and teens attending programs) serves many job seekers and learners developing their digital literacy skills.Recent renovations to Sun Ray Library resulted in the creation of the Learning Center, where the CTEP will primarily be housed. The Learning Center is used for technology instruction, open lab time, and as a homework center. Sun Ray focuses on implementing e-learning programs for users who want a better job. Considerable synergy exists at Sun Ray between programs for adults and programs for young people, and the Americorps member can choose to participate in a wide variety of technologically- focused programs.In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes in the workplace, and citizenship skills. These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory. Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.
Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours. Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development, Technology, Community Outreach, Education. Skills :
Teaching/Tutoring, Education, Computers/Technology, Writing/Editing.
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