Apply to host a CTEP AmeriCorps member at your site!

22-23 Host Site Application 
22-23 Host Site Application Instructions

Please email Allison Williams at williams@spnn.org to ask any questions about hosting a member, or to express interest and we can email you when the application becomes available. We hope you apply!

SPNN each year seeks new host sites to sponsor CTEP AmeriCorps members!  The CTEP program recruits dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds to strengthen digital literacy and job skills programming throughout the Twin Cities metro area.  CTEP AmeriCorps positions last one year, beginning in September and completing in August. 

CTEP typically partners with non-profits, libraries, community centers, and other organizations who serve any or all of our target populations: New Americans, low-income families, and individuals with disabilities.   Current partners include St. Paul, Hennepin and Ramsey Country Public Library systems, workforce development nonprofits, youthwork and digital storytelling programs, and various adult basic education consortiums.  We do not traditionally partner with for-profit organizations or schools.  The ideal partner either already has technology literacy programming or aspires to build technology literacy programming that could be led or expanded by a CTEP member. 

Building relationships through community is central to SPNN’s vision and impact.  The minimum duration of a host site commitment is one year, but it’s our hope that partner sites will decide to stay connected in the long term through CTEP or other programming.  In our experience, the most impactful CTEP contributions have been those which could develop over the course of multiple years. 

 

Twin Cities Site Application Process Timeline for 2022-23

CTEP Host Site Application materials are posted on our website December 1, 2021
New Sites are encouraged to have an informal phone conversation with CTEP staff before applying Dec 1, 2021 to Jan 20, 2022
Application Due Date for renewing and new partners due Fri Jan 21, 2022
Notification of initial partner acceptance and allocation of member slots: Fri Feb 28, 2022
Host Site Agreement: To be signed with member confirmed
Member Interviews and Placement: Feb through Aug 1, 2022 (desired)
Member Starts Service at Your Site Sept 6, 2022
Member Completes Service at Your Site Aug 31, 2023

 

 

FAQ

Is National Service more like employment or volunteering?

National Service is different from both employment and volunteering.  CTEP members receive a biweekly living allowance from the CTEP program, but this is not classified as wages for employment, and National Service is not meant to compete with the job market.  A CTEP member's work should supplement the work that site employees do rather than replacing or duplicating employee responsibilities.  The CTEP program is designed to support the work that community partners are already doing and leave a lasting impact through capacity building; it is expected that CTEP will not be a long term staffing solution, and CTEP members will train staff in how to take over for them when they leave.  Refer to the instructions for more information about the uniqueness of National Service.

What responsibilities does SPNN have in this partnership?

SPNN is the primary contact between the CTEP program and the AmeriCorps.  SPNN takes a lead role in recruiting, ensures that members complete background checks, and holds the first interview with each candidate. SPNN sets the format for member reporting and timesheets, and provides accounting advice.  SPNN supplies the member’s living allowance, health insurance, and workers’ compensation.  Disputes, performance issues, and so on are handled jointly by the site supervisor and SPNN.  

What responsibilities does a site supervisor have in this partnership?

The site is responsible for providing or finding training opportunities for CTEP members so they can develop and learn the skills they need to be successful in their roles.  A site supervisor donates a minimum of 15 hours a month to member support. This includes a weekly check-in with the member.  Supervisors are required to complete a background check. 

Site supervisors are CTEP project partners and assume responsibility for enforcing AmeriCorps policies and explaining aspects of AmeriCorps to other site employees as needed.  A supervisor will make a service plan, attend CTEP supervisor meetings, keep informed about what members can and can’t count as service hours, and be the only one to assign members tasks.  The supervisor also approves member timesheets. 

Will a CTEP member have responsibilities outside of the site?

A CTEP member will devote 80% of their service hours to the host site partner.  The other 20% of a member’s service hours go into member training “Corps Day” events which happen twice a month, and a 75-hour civic engagement project completed over the course of the year.  These commitments provide professional development training to the member and encourage a sense of community, resulting in capable members with a strong support network. 

How does CTEP track of program effectiveness? 

The main way CTEP keeps track of program effectiveness is through Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments, found at digitalliteracyassessment.org.  Northstar offers free assessments in nine digital readiness categories which include basic computer, email, and Microsoft word.   Starting 2020, customized assessments including digital storytelling are available in addition to Northstar assessments.

Does a partnership with CTEP cost money?

CTEP charges a one-time $9,000 site fee to cover Northstar project sponsoring site fees, to handle program costs, and to improve the member stipend.  Refer to the instructions for more information about fees, and ways to manage potential conflict between site and AmeriCorps federal funding

The site is also responsible for reimbursing CTEP member travel to site-related duties in other locations.  While sites are not permitted to formally raise a member’s salary, sites are encouraged to provide additional support to the CTEP member in the form of discounts on services, professional development training, rent subsidies, and the like.

 

I will get things done for America - to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.

    - AmeriCorps Pledge

AmeriCorps is a core program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency founded in 1993 on a mission to “Improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering,” as expressed on their website.  CTEP is a local AmeriCorps program sponsored by SPNN which has been harnessing the AmeriCorps mission to strengthen digital literacy and job placement in the Twin Cities since 2004.  We achieve this by recruiting AmeriCorps members and placing them at local partner organizations, or host sites.  Host site partners are crucial to our program because the host site ultimately provides the environment and structure in which the CTEP member will do service.  The host site, of course, benefits a great deal from the opportunity to work with an AmeriCorps member; someone who gets things done.  Last year, the CTEP program was directly responsible for over 700 local job placements and more than 1500 digital literacy certifications.

A CTEP member can be expected to bring a host site:

     - A dedicated, goal-oriented service commitment of 1720 hours over one year
     - Direct service, capacity building, and volunteer recruitment contributions
     - A fresh perspective and a passion for serving clients
     - The combined wisdom and experience of the CTEP cohort

In addition, a host site can expect to gain:

     - Valuable networking opportunities with similar organizations in the Twin Cities
     - Feedback on programming intended to lessen the digital divide

An AmeriCorps member will work directly under a site supervisor, a designated employee of the host site who oversees the AmeriCorps position.  The ideal supervisor is someone in a management position at the organization who has a passion for digital divide issues and welcomes a mentoring role.  Professional development for members is an additional goal of the CTEP program, and supervisors will have the opportunity to be a positive influence on a member’s career trajectory.  A CTEP placement could possibly be a member’s first introduction to nonprofit work, and for some members it will be the discovery of a lifelong calling.