CTEP AmeriCorps Program
Thank you to SPNN! The City is a proud partner of the CTEP AmeriCorps Program.
The IT Department, in partnership with Civil Rights and CPED, applied for SPNN's Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps Program to address the digital divide as it relates to the racial employment disparity in Minneapolis. IT was selected as one of 32 host sites throughout the Twin Cities to participate in the 2013 – 2014 program, and we have also been selected to participate in the 2014 - 2015 program year.
In September, 2013, Adja Gildersleve joined IT as part of the CTEP AmeriCorps program. The AmeriCorps position includes direct service with Minneapolis residents along with capacity building and civic engagement projects.
Direct Service Priorities
- Focus primarily in the Near North and Phillips communities to improve technology access and skills based on data from the Minneapolis Community Technology Survey, and to address racial employment gaps.
- Digital Literacy training and assistance at the WorkForce Center in North Minneapolis
- Location: 1200 Plymouth Ave N, 55411
- Digital literacy assistance available on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 - 4:30 p.m.
- Basic Computer Skills and Internet class Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m and on Wednesday's by appointment. Register by contacting Adja Gildersleve , 612-673-2492, or walk-ins are welcome if space is available
- Information and referrals for technology resources and services
- Digital Equity Program expansion
- Northstar Digital Literacy Certificates
Capacity Building Projects
- Community Technology Resource Map for North Minneapolis
- Connect with the Minneapolis Neighborhood Associations and community organizers by working with the City's Neighborhood and Community Relations Department. Increase awareness of resources and build capacity for communities to use technology as a tool for improving employment equity.
- Use film/video as a tool for projects and communications
- Volunteer outreach and recruitment; connect with Minneapolis Public Housing residents
Civic Engagement Project
- A documentary film exploring the racial inequality gaps in North Minneapolis
- See the team's Facebook page and Twin Cities Daily Planet article for details
About Adja Gildersleve
Adja graduated from Winona State University in 2012 with a major in Political Science and has experience with student leadership organizations, working with youth and adults with disabilities and served the last year as an AmeriCorps member with the Minnesota Reading Corps at Pillsbury Elementary in Minneapolis. She is very passionate about racial equity and she has had an interest in technology since she was a child. Adja is looking forward to using her leadership and technology skills within the community.
Adja is also interested in film production, music performance, and is exploring careers in education. Adja considers her musical performance at Vice President Joe Biden’s speech in Rochester last Fall as one of her major accomplishments.
Contact: Adja Gildersleve, 612-673-2492
More: Community Technology Empowerment Project - St. Paul Neighborhood Network at http://spnn.org/ctep
Last updated Jul 21, 2014