April 19, 2016

Intermediate District 287 is in the process of recruiting a qualified AmeriCorps Promise Fellow for the 2016-2017 school year. We are looking for someone interested in working with at-risk youth as part of our Diploma On! drop-out recovery program.

This position is a great fit for students interested in working with at-risk youth/social work and learning more about the education system. Our position starts in early September and would be perfect for someone seeking to do service or take a gap year between undergrad and graduate school.


Title:                            AmeriCorps Promise Fellow

Placement Site:           South Education Center, 7450 Penn Ave. S, Richfield , MN 55423

Contact:                       Paul Sterlacci, Safe Schools Coordinator,, 763-550-7380 


Organizational Overview

Each year over 10,000 youth in Minnesota drop out of school, and Minnesota’s academic achievement gap has grown to be one of the largest in the nation. To address this challenge, Minnesota Alliance With Youth (the Alliance) works to support and invest in schools and communities looking to improve graduation rates. In particular, the Alliance enlists and supports AmeriCorps Promise Fellows at host schools and organizations across the state to promote positive youth outcomes and close the achievement and opportunity gaps, including graduation for all.  Promise Fellows serve at their host sites, while working with Alliance Trainers and staff for support and guidance in order to fulfill their service through AmeriCorps.

Intermediate District 287 provides a unique opportunity to work alongside a district social worker within the Diploma On! program to re-enroll students who have dropped out. The Promise Fellow also supports alternative school students at District 287’s South Education Center. This position offers more a hundred professional development opportunities from the District’s PREP Center in Plymouth ( as a free benefit.

Position Background

Promise Fellows tackle issues of educational equity by providing resources to increase high school graduation rates at schools across Minnesota. The Fellows serve at least 30 youth in grades 6 – 10 in communities that have the highest annual dropout rates and middle schools that feed into those high schools.  Each Promise Fellow works with a site supervisor, data coach, and a youth success team comprised of supervisors, school social workers, and other school personnel to analyze data, make referrals, identify youth who need support, and connect the youth to resources and programs that will engage them in school and learning. This role ensures that youth receive access to caring adults, service and leadership opportunities, and high quality in and out of school support. The goal of the Fellow’s service is to build relationships with youth and support them to engage in school.

Position Responsibilities

Essential Functions: Promise Fellows will support and deliver a variety of activities to support students.  These activities include:

  • Build and foster strong relationships with their selected students.
  • Coordinate and deliver in and out of school time academic enrichment activities with the goal that at least 30 youth in grades 6 – 10will experience academic gains. 
  • Meet regularly with Youth Success Team to review data and identify youth to serve; track student progress; and determine which interventions to connect to individual students or groups of students.
  • Develop and organize projects that engage youth participants in service and leadership activities.
  • Recruit and/or support community volunteers, including family members, to work with youth participants in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, civic engagement, and college/career exploration.
  • Provide attendance and behavior coaching for students targeted for needing assistance as determined through the multi-tiered system of support approach; promote positive behavior expectations.
  • Maintain program records, complete ongoing youth assessments and submit weekly and monthly reports using an online database system with support from site supervisor and site coordinator.
  • Develop and execute a professional plan for the service year and life after AmeriCorps
  • Participate in all required Alliance, AmeriCorps, and Host Site meetings and assignments.
  • Make home visits together with Diploma On! Social Worker to re-engage and re-enroll students in school.

Marginal Functions:

  • Support teachers and other school and community members to determine the best local dropout prevention strategies, including how community volunteers will help address the needs of the targeted youth.
  • Organize field trips and other special events to make learning and being at school more engaging and relevant to youth who are disengaged and at risk of dropping out.


  • Must be at least 18 years old*
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National or have status as a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
  • Please note that final candidates will be required to successfully pass background checks before being officially enrolled by Minnesota Alliance With Youth.
  • Class D Driver’s License and car –mileage reimbursement is provided


  • Interest in youth, service, education, and non-profit work
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to deal effectively with a variety of tasks, priorities, and people in order to meet goals
  • Ability to work effectively with people of a variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Self-motivated, able to work in a team, take initiative and work independently
  • Able to present oneself in a highly professional manner and be an ambassador of the program
  • Promise Fellows may NOT be in school full-time or have another full-time position and serve with the Alliance; Promise Fellows must serve in a full time capacity for a minimum of 40 hours per week during their term of service.

Desirable Characteristics

  • Associates Degree or Bachelor of Arts Degree in community or youth development, education, or related field
  • Volunteer experience and desire to develop a strong ethic of service
  • Experience working collaboratively with youth and adults
  • Commitment to positive youth development
  • Has initiative to see and follow through with “next steps” to be taken

 Typical Work Environment

  • Home base at South Education Center and county-wide travel for Diploma On! students


As a full-time AmeriCorps member, Promise Fellows serve 1720 hours (minimum) from September 1st  to July 31st and receive: Modest Living Allowance (approximately $569 twice per month, pre-tax); Health and Dental Insurance; Qualified Student Loan Forbearance; Qualified Childcare Assistance; $5,775 Education Award upon successful completion of service; Ongoing, extensive support and training. Mileage reimbursement and an all-access pass to PREP Center.

TO APPLY: Please visit to complete the AmeriCorps Promise Fellow online application.  Interested applicants, also email resume and references to Paul Sterlacci,


Please note:

  • We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • This position may not displace another employee or position in any way.
  • Reasonable accommodations provided upon request for interviews and service activities.
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