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City of Lakes AmeriCorps

City of Lakes AmeriCorps
CoL member and students
The City of Lakes AmeriCorps program is a partnership between Minneapolis Community Education and the Multilingual Department of Minneapolis Public Schools.
City of Lakes (CoL) AmeriCorps members have been serving students in the Minneapolis Public Schools since 1994. Members work with Long-Term English Learners in grades 6th-8th to improve academic language proficiency and literacy skills. View this infographic to learn about the impact this program is having!
In 2019-20, 27 full-time and 8 part-time members serve at the following ten MPS schools:

• Andersen United Community School
• Anthony Middle School
• Anwatin Middle School
• Clara Barton Open School
• Hmong International Academy
• Jefferson Community School
• Justice Page Middle School
• Northeast Middle School
• Sanford Middle School
• Seward Montessori School
The mission of City of Lakes AmeriCorps is to help students build the academic language skills needed to advocate for themselves and be able to use education as a means to reach their goals. Our mission for members is to build a learning community through service, reflection and inquiry.
Our vision is to serve, and not fix*, in order to eradicate the opportunity gap for Long-Term English Learners.
* Based on the poem "A Fixer"
Our goal for our students is that they are engaged and empowered to achieve their full potential. Our goal for our members is that they are engaged and empowered to serve as values-driven leaders in their communities.


  • Building relationships with students through intentional interactions and youth development best practices.
  • Utilizing a gradual release of responsibility and tutoring strategies from Kate Kinsella and other research-based approaches.
  • Creating a home connection between members and students' families.
  • Collaborating closely with teachers to form a teacher-member-student partnership.