Metropolitan State’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) offers events for students seeking scholarship volunteer opportunities or students who want to integrate community engagement activities into course design. The following events are among the many opportunities found on ICES’s Upcoming Events page.
College for Kids!
Student volunteers are sought to assist in making college a reality for local elementary and middle school students by participating in College for Kids at Saint Paul Campus. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders experience a college environment during their visit to Metropolitan State. Elementary students arrive in the morning, register, attend fun classes and participate in a special graduation ceremony. College for Kids takes place on numerous dates throughout the school year.
For more information or to participate, contact Jennifer Trost, ICES associate director, at 651-793-1291 or email@example.com.
Middle school/high school campus visits
ICES seeks Metropolitan State students to design and teach classes. Middle School/High School Visits are a great opportunity to fulfill community-based/service-learning requirements and explore interests in working with middle grade and high school students.
Volunteers create a fun and welcoming atmosphere assisting middle school and high school students’ visit to Saint Paul Campus. Local students experience a college environment by arriving in the morning, participating in a campus tour, and registering for and attending fun classes that are designed and taught by university student, faculty, staff and alumni.
Fall semester campus visits take place on the following dates: Nov. 7, 14, 18 and 21, and Dec. 5 and 12.
To participate, contact Shoushi Yang, Youth Outreach Work Study coordinator, at ICES at 651-793-1296 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Saturday Science
The First Saturday Science program was developed to engage the community’s younger learners in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education with active participation in scientific inquiry.
In an open lab setting, staffed by STEM college students and library staff, children and their families participate in active learning sessions that produce physical outcomes participants may take home. ICES collaborates with the Dayton’s Bluff Branch Library to select age-appropriate books for children that align with subjects like DNA, fossils, digestive systems and healthy soil.
Fall semester dates are Nov. 1, Dec. 6 and Jan 3. from noon–2 p.m.
To participate, contact ICES at 651-793-1285 or e-mail email@example.com.
Join the Literacy Corps and teach a child to read
The Literacy Corps is recruiting Metropolitan State alumni to provide literacy tutoring at inner-city schools, libraries and learning centers. Tutors may also choose to participate through a variety of programs that offer opportunities during the day, after school, evenings and weekends. Days and times are flexible.
Free tutor training sessions are offered to university students and alumni. Please see schedule below. All sessions take place at Saint Paul Campus in Room 302 of the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.
- Comprehension Lessons for Early Readers—Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Understanding Survival Based Youth—Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6–9 p.m.
- Behavior Management Tutor Training—Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6–9 p.m.
For more training opportunities visit http://sppsfoundation.org/what-we-do/tutor-training.
Saint Paul Public Library programs
The following are more programs offered by the Saint Paul Public Library.
Teen programing and digital workshops, Saint Paul Public Library
The library offers several workshops and library spaces developed especially for teens. Service-learners have the opportunity to work one-on-one with teens from diverse communities and help those teens develop the skills and confidence to pursue creative projects using the library’s digital media tools.
The projects may include (but are not limited to) digital imaging projects, web design, audio recording, computer game design and video editing.
Opportunities are available at the following Saint Paul Public Library locations: Arlington Hills Community Center Createch Studio, Highland Park Community Center Createch, Sun Ray Library Createch).
Read with Me
After-school tutoring program during library hours. Children are paired with tutors who work one-on-one with each child to improve their literacy skills.
Job search/technology lab volunteer
Community members come to the open computer lab for assistance with job searches, filling out forms, educational assignments and learning basic computer skills. The volunteers/service-learner’s purpose is to make the path to self-empowerment easier for these community members by providing one-on-one technological support. Locations: Dayton’s Bluff Branch and Rice Street libraries.
Recruits university students who have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs for the Dayton’s Bluff Saint Paul Public Library’s computer literacy and job search classes.
The Saint Paul Public Library system provides technology education and training opportunities as part of the system’s larger workforce readiness programming
Training is provided. The Zone is located in the Dayton’s Bluff Branch of the St. Paul Public Library and is co-located with Metropolitan State’s Library and Learning Center.
Homework Center Tutor
The Saint Paul Public Libraries operates six Homework Centers where students of all ages can drop in and work on homework independently or with the help of a volunteer tutor. This opportunity offers volunteer tutors the chance to apply knowledge of interpersonal communication, developmental and educational psychology by adapting their tutoring styles to the learner accordingly.
Tutors help youth from areas of high poverty levels. More than half of the students served speak a language other than English at home. Tutors work individually with one or more students, building on the students’ strengths to develop the skills and confidence to meet the challenges of school and life.
Homework Center tutors are positive role models for students, helping them develop positive attitudes towards learning, studying, reading and an enjoyment of being in the library.
Tutors commit to two to three hours of tutoring per week during Homework Center operating hours. Hours vary by location; all hours occur within Mon-Thurs 3–7 p.m. and Sundays 1–4 p.m..
Locations: Dayton’s Bluff Branch, Rondo, Arlington Hills, Rice street, Riverview and Sun Ray libraries.