QVS Minneapolis

2019-2020 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

Friends for a NonViolent World

Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) is a Quaker-inspired organization that seeks a world free from violence and the threat of violence. We champion nonviolence as the foundation for effective programs and actions to promote the dignity of every human being.

FNVW’s programs offer experiential nonviolence training and support to inmates in Minnesota’s correctional facilities; bring people together to imagine and create a policing system that truly works for all; improve our skills in communicating in a way that can lead to clear understanding, healing and reconciliation; provide camp experiences in cooperation, community building, and peacemaking; and educate the public on the history, ethics and strategies of nonviolent personal and political action. We champion nonviolence as the foundation for effective programs and actions to promote the dignity of every human being.

FNVW relies on the power of our volunteers to fuel our organization and programs. This position would have contact with all of our programs working to ensure that current volunteers are having their needs meet, in addition to recruiting and placing new volunteers. This role will be working with our Volunteer Management team to ensure that our volunteers are given opportunities to use their strengths and talents to make lasting impact with our organization. The QVS fellow in this dynamic role would be able to experience all of our programming to gain knowledge of the different services we provide as an organization. Experience would also be gained with managing volunteers and learning how to navigate relationships with volunteers and how to support them working with participants. We are one of the few organizations in the Twin Cities who provides volunteer opportunities to individuals with a criminal record.

Program Support Specialist
This dynamic role will support 2 of our programs, Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and Bridging the Divides: Policing that Works for Everyone. The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) works to empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, building and enhancing of community, cooperation and trust. AVP offers a series of 3 workshops in the community and in 5 correctional facilities.

Bridging the Divides: Policing that Works for Everyone where we envision a policing model characterized by partnership, equity, trust and transparency. This model results in a police that serves and safeguards every member of the community, and an engaged community that collaborates with and welcomes the police. Our current strategies are 1) Educate Citizens and policy makers through ongoing empowerment events 2) Analyze police department policies on interaction with the community and training.

A Fellow in this role will have the opportunity to work with incarcerated individuals, volunteers, community members, police departments, and the Department of Correction.
Tasks include but are not limited to
• Program planning and development
• Supporting existing volunteers
• Recruiting new volunteers
• Creating and strengthen partnerships
• Help assess funding opportunities

This role is a good fit for people who want to learn more about organization management, program development/ implementation, volunteer engagement, all aspects of the criminal justice system. Previous experience in any of these areas would be beneficial but not required. We are looking for someone who is committed to Nonviolence and has the skills to organize people and projects.

Bridging

Bridging was founded in July of 1987 by the Outreach Networking Ministry team of Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to provide quality furniture and household items free of charge to those in need. Bridging operated as a ministry for five years before becoming a separate 501(c) (3) non-profit in 1992. Having moved to various locations, in 1997 Bridging took ownership of the Bloomington Minnesota warehouse and central offices, located at 201 West 87th Street. Fueled by increased demand, Bridging expanded its service by opening a warehouse in Roseville in November 2006. Between our current locations in Bloomington and Roseville, Bridging operates 64,000 square feet of warehouse space and is considered the largest Furniture Bank in the United States. We partner with approximately 150 area social service agencies who refer their clients to our services. Clients come to one of our two warehouses and our guided by (volunteer) personal shoppers to select the items that they need to make their house a home.

Fellow Position:Client Services Fellow
Primary duties and responsibilities:
- Assist the clients in their shopping experience - helping them select their furniture and household items
- Driving a Bridging truck (training provided) to either assist in the delivery of furniture/household items to clients or picking up the furniture/household items that will be donated to clients
- Oversee and assist with volunteer groups in the warehouse
- Assist in special projects related to Client Services as assigned by the Client Service Manager (i.e. Poverty Simulation Trainings, Advocacy events, client/prospective client follow-up)
- Help with item intake when donors drop off items that will be given to the clients
- Organize warehouse items in a safe and efficient manner
- Assist clients by filling their orders in the warehouse when they come to pick up their items
- Perform other Bridging activities as needed

The Fellow will be working with a wide variety of populations and demographics. Our volunteers range in age from 14 all the way up to 90+. The majority of our clients (90%) have a household income of $20,000 and 56% of them are transitioning out of homelessness. There are clients who have both mental/physical disabilities as well as many for whom English is not their primary language. We do ask our agency partners to provide care attendants/translators in these situations.

The person must have a true heart for service and for those who are experiencing difficult life situations. They should have an open mind and be able to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. We place a high value on diversity, equity and inclusion. This person must be a hard worker and be flexible to do whatever it takes to get the job done. The tasks of this role are imperative to our service delivery. There is a lot of physical labor involved. They should be positive, upbeat and excellent relationally and possess outstanding customer service skills. There will be much interaction with clients, caseworkers, volunteers and donors.

Northpoint Health and Wellness

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing integrated access to a broad array of social and human services designed to meet basic needs and promote health and self-reliance. NorthPoint Inc. is co-located on the campus of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center (NorthPoint Clinic), a full-service Federally Qualified Health Center operated in partnership with Hennepin County and the community. The two organizations share an integrated mission and report to a common CEO and Board of Directors, providing “one-door” access to integrated medical, dental, behavioral, housing, food, education, employment and other services and supports.

NorthPoint’s primary service area, zip codes 55411 and 55412, is a culturally rich, ethnically diverse area that is home to more than 56,000 residents, 73% of whom are people of color including 44% Black/African American, 14% Southeast Asian, 7% Latinx, and 6% multiracial. Centuries of structural racism that have excluded people of color from equal access to housing, community supports, and opportunities for economic mobility have led to concentrated levels of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, chronic illness, chemical dependency, low graduation rates, and other individual and community challenges in North Minneapolis. NorthPoint was launched in 1968 as part of the Johnson Administration’s War on Poverty. Originally called Pilot City, NorthPoint was one of 13 neighborhood service centers established by and for low-income communities across the U.S., with the goal to eliminate poverty and racial injustice and build The Great Society through targeted, long-term investments. Neighborhood service centers offered access to affordable health care along with innovative programs to promote economic development, education, and social justice. We continue today as NorthPoint.

Community Health Navigator
Care coordination for our Living Well at Home program for elders. To assist adults age 65 and older to stay healthy and in their homes and community. This will involve working with our primary care and human service teams in providing and connecting seniors to needed services. There will be a need to make home visits to better understand the whole person. While this program serves all of our elder clients, it also targets Latino and Hmong patients. A Spanish language speaker would assist us in this work. Previous health care or community health work experience is helpful but not essential. There will also be some ongoing work as needed with our food shelf and mobile food shelf and our produce distribution program, as well as other organizational needs but the primary work will be with the elders.

Our Saviors Housing Program

Our Saviour's Housing program operates an emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for single adults. The English Learning Center program provides free English language instruction, plus tutoring in math, computer and citizenship test preparation for newly arrived refugees and immigrants. Our Saviour's Housing program provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing plus a wide array of support services for those who are homeless in our community.Both programs are focused on serving adults primarily in south Minneapolis, Minnesota.

All of our offices and workspaces are located in close proximity to one another in an urban neighborhood in south Minneapolis. Our mission is accomplished by about 40 staff members, including 27 full time and 13 part time individuals. We involve more than 1500 adult volunteers in the course of our work over a year. We are a community of hope for those who need a home.
Our mission is eliminating homelessness by providing shelter, support and a chance to start over.

Case Manager- Permanent Supportive Housing: Our Fellow will support a caseload of 16-20 homeless clients in scattered apartment building sites. The Case Manager’s primary functions are to assist clients with the move-in process, meet weekly to assess and encourage a case plan, ensure basic needs are met and to assist with crisis prevention/intervention to assure housing stability. Additionally, PSH Case Managers formulate strong professional relationships with clients’ landlords to better advocate and mediate any issues that may arise.

OSH has a welcoming community approach, strong teamwork collaboration, and flexibility to creatively improve programming to meet residents’ needs. The ideal candidate for this position will embrace this mindset.

Sweet Pea Montessori

Sweet Pea Montessori collaborates with families to nurture the minds and the spirits of infants and toddlers. We strive for equity, community, and connections with nature.

Sweet Pea Montessori is part of the Wildflower Montessori School collaborative . Three Montessori teachers, Rebekah Herzog, Mary Gazca and Ann Luce, had the opportunity through Wildflower to start a new Montessori school for children aged birth to three , and we collaborated to create Sweet Pea Montessori. We all had Montessori training and believed it was the best way to educate children. We started as a small home based child care and then expanded through a loan and grants from Wildflower to start a facility that can serve up to 14 toddlers and 10-12 infants.

A properly prepared Montessori environment allows the children more freedom and responsibility for choosing activities than a traditional classroom. The adult observes and monitors their abilities and readiness for more advanced participation in activities that include self-care. This builds a healthy self-esteem and social interaction among the infants as well as toddlers.

Purpose: Sweet Pea Montessori is a diverse community of infants, toddlers, their families, and Montessori-trained caregivers. It provides children with a loving and developmentally appropriate environment to learn and grow in while at school, and supports families through cooperation and parent education. Sweet Pea Montessori serves as a model environment and offers mentorship to those interested in pursuing Montessori training.

Our vision is to collaborate with and support parents in their endeavor to raise happy, healthy children who care about others and appreciate and care for nature. We wish to participate in and enhance the community in our neighborhood and serve as a model that can be replicated.

Teaching Assistant:
Support the classroom guides in preparing and maintaining beautiful and safe Montessori environments
Be responsible for keeping the environment clean and orderly
Assist the children with diaper changes and toileting
Assist with meals and clean up
Take children outside daily
Follow all classroom procedures
Follow the chain of communication with parents
Maintain proper records as appropriate

TakeAction Minnesota

TakeAction Minnesota's mission is to unite the power of diverse individuals, communities and organizations in active grassroots democracy that builds racial, social and economic justice.

TakeAction Minnesota is a statewide people’s network that brings democracy alive in communities across our state. We connect individuals and organizations to each other, creating a powerful force that makes change happen where it wasn’t possible before. Since its founding ten years ago, TakeAction Minnesota has grown its breadth and depth. Our membership has grown 10-fold and touches every legislative district in the state. Our social media presence is robust. Our grassroots leadership is well-trained and shapes and implements the strategy of our various campaigns. As a result, TakeAction Minnesota has a track record of increasingly bold victories that change people’s lives for the better: the defeat of a photo ID constitutional amendment, massive public health care expansions, ban the box legislation, winning back $100million from HMOs, more than $400 million in corporate tax loopholes now closed, grassroots leaders running for – and winning – elected office.

Fellow Potision: TakeAction Fellow
• Use organizing tools (canvassing, doorknocking, phonebanking, one-to-one’s, powerful asks, etc.) and digital strategies to engage more Minnesotans in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership development.
• Update organizational database systems with member and event information as a way to ensure and track successful completion of goals.
• Work with other staff to plan and execute cross-organizational events, grassroots fundraising and new member cultivation, communications plans, digital outreach plans, trainings, and other issue campaign actions.
• Work with a cross-organizational team on the annual People’s Celebration and other events.
• Complete and coordinate administrative projects and research assignments as needed and assigned.
• Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

TakeAction Minnesota is looking for individuals with a strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and progressive political change. This person will enthusiastically promote TakeAction Minnesota's goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures and have a deep investment in our shared agenda for change. Successful candidates will also have a high level of personal accountability and independence.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Support Meetings

Quaker Voluntary Service recently expanded to Minneapolis/St. Paul as its fifth location in the fall of 2018. We are so excited to continue the process of building community and growing our work in the Twin Cities!

The Minneapolis QVS program in under the spiritual care of three Quaker Meetings in the area: Minneapolis Friends Meeting, Prospect Hill Friends Meeting, and Twin Cities Friends Meeting.

“Upon corporate and individual reflection, we in Prospect Hill Friends Meeting find our initial enthusiasm for Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) undiminished and grounded in what we understand Spirit asks us to do. We affirm our desire to participate with other Friends to establish and cultivate a local QVS program, as Way opens…”

Prospect Hill Friends Meeting

Excerpt of Minute on Quaker Voluntary Service

Volunteer your time with QVS Minneapolis/St.Paul

Please click on the button below to learn more about volunteering to help with our first year in Minneapolis/St. Paul! We have a variety of tasks/needs that we could use support with, so please inquire to see how you might support this exciting endeavor!

For other ways to be involved, reach out to Sonja Sponheim, sonja (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org.

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Please click on the button below to learn more about our needs in opening our fifth QVS location in Minneapolis/St. Paul!

For other ways to be involved, reach out to Sonja Sponheim, sonja (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org.

2018-19 Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Angelica Brown

Angelica Brown is recent graduate from Portland State University with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and recently completed the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s poetry certificate program. Angelica feels drawn, because of her Christian faith and Quaker practice, to find ways to participate in harm reduction and prison abolition efforts in her communities. She is coming to Quaker Voluntary Service after a summer internship with the Catholic Workers in Los Angeles. An avid poet, pen pal, and soup maker, Angelica tries to spend her free time creating nice things for the people she cares about. Angelica alternates between worshiping with Multnomah Friends in Portland, Oregon and North Valley Friends in Newberg, OregonAngelica Brown is recent graduate from Portland State University with a degree in English and a minor in writing, and recently completed the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s poetry certificate program. Angelica feels drawn, because of her Christian faith and Quaker practice, to find ways to participate in harm reduction and prison abolition efforts in her communities. She is coming to Quaker Voluntary Service after a year of working as a youth advocate for a drop in center for houseless young people, and a summer internship with the Catholic Workers in Los Angeles. An avid poet, pen pal, and soup maker, Angelica tries to spend her free time creating nice things for the people she cares about. Angelica alternates between worshiping with Multnomah Friends in Portland, Oregon and North Valley Friends in Newberg, Oregon. Angelica will be serving with Green Central Elementary School in Minneapolis this year.

Dillon Sebastian

Dillon Sebastian is originally from Takoma Park, MD and is a 2018 graduate of Oberlin College where she majored in Geology and minored in Education. She spent most of her summers at Quaker camp, sparking her interest in education. At Oberlin she was involved in Oberlin’s Big Parade. From her work on the parade she learned about the power of community building through art. She is excited to continue working in the arts at In the Heart of the Beast in Minneapolis.

KT Glusac

KT Glusac grew up in Woodbridge, CT and is a recent graduate from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. She currently resides at Bread and Roses Collective: a low-income housing cooperative for activists in Syracuse, NY. She is a peacemaking facilitator for cases diverted out of the criminal justice system, a member of the Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network through the Worker’s Center of Central New York, and a volunteer of the Childcare Collective, a group that demonstrates solidarity with local activists by providing childcare. When she is not participating in community organizing or working in the collective garden, you can find her climbing the rock wall or meditating at the zen center. KT loves connecting with other beings and has an undying interest in intentional communities (researching and living within a Quaker IC called Quaker Intentional Village-Canaan in East Chatham, NY was her first exposure to Quakerism). KT is eagerly anticipating her position as a case manager with Our Saviour’s Housing.

Taylor Wicklund

Taylor Wicklund is a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with majors in Geography and Political Science and minors in Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies and in Scandinavian Studies. As a proud critical geographer, Taylor credits the field for much of her focus on radical social justice and interest in intersectional community organizing and development. She believes one of the most important questions one might ask about a given policy, structure, or space is “for whom?” At Gustavus, Taylor advocated for a more just campus on its President’s Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Diversity Leadership Council; and Student Senate. She served off-campus as the Interim Outreach chair for the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign in Minnesota, and as a volunteer mapmaker for a local nonprofit. Taylor has spent her past year interviewing conventional farmers in Southern Minnesota for her thesis, which seeks to understand their perspectives on the impacts of economic transition within agriculture. She enjoys exploring new places, researching, knitting, reading, writing, practicing yoga, and most of all, singing. While Taylor didn’t know anything about Quakerism prior to discovering QVS, she is thankful that she stumbled upon the faith and is jazzed to spend the next year in the spiritual care of local Quakers. Having spent a portion of her high school years in the city, Taylor is excited to return to Minneapolis where she will be working with Friends for a NonViolent World.

Eli Phillips

Eli Phillips grew up in Columbia, Maryland, between Baltimore and Washington D.C. He grew up going to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, but felt that he truly connected with his spirituality at Opequon Quaker Camp. Eli attended Opequon, a camp affiliated with Baltimore Yearly Meeting, as a camper and would later return as a counselor. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and graduated in 2018 with degrees in Music and East Asian Studies. While at Guilford, Eli had a radio show all four years while serving as the station’s general manager for three years. Additionally, Eli was in a campus band called Pickled Garlic which was a ton of fun. For his senior thesis, Eli wrote and recorded original music, the final product being an album called “Excerpts”.  Eli is incredibly excited to be working with Bridging in Minneapolis this year.

Alina Yaman

Alina Yaman is a Turkish-German New Jerseyan who grew up moving back and forth across the Atlantic. They currently live in San Francisco with their beloved partner, and they are excited to start a new chapter in the Midwest! Alina graduated from Yale in 2017, where they spent most of their time studying linguistics, playing rugby, and organizing in the LGBTQ+ community. Alina’s spiritual journey has been a long and winding path, sparked in large part by their experience walking the Camino de Santiago when they were 18. Since then, Alina has found comfort and refuge in various churches, mosques, and interfaith spaces. Alina’s mystical leanings and open curiosity led them to the Quakers. In their QVS year, Alina will be working as an Environmental Justice Organizer for Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.

2018-19 Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

In the Heart of the Beast

In the Heart of the Beast In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre brings people together for the common good through the power of puppetry and mask performance. Societal gaps in education, income, employment and justice separate us from one another and from the world we live in. The ritual and ceremony of puppetry and mask performance uniquely allow us to develop a shared vision for the future. Through our work, we ask ourselves: What does it mean to be human in this time and place?

HOTB is about six months away from launching a capital campaign to renovate the 1920s movie house where we do our work. A key part of that process is connecting and re-connecting with the communities we serve in the neighborhoods around us, which include the largest urban Native population in the US, the largest Somali population outside Africa, a well-established Latino immigrant population, a vibrant community of artists of color and LGBTQAI artists, White Baby Boomer social activists, and an undeserved youth population from many different cultural backgrounds.

Community Connections Fellow: This is in many ways a classic community organizing position. The goal is to better understand the needs of the various communities we serve and to identify the ways in which we can best serve those communities with our mission and with a renovated building serving as a neighborhood art center. The fellow will report directly to Associate Director Deb Ervin and will support the work of Marketing and Communications Director Meg Walsh and Development Director Marcie Berg. While a specific work plan has not yet been set, projects might include:

  • Participating in planning, hosting and documenting community events
  • Supporting the community-outreach portion of existing programs (mainstage shows, youth programming, artist development programs)
  • Being part of the team that develops the 45th annual MayDay Parade and Festival
Friends for a NonViolent World

Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) is a Quaker-inspired organization that seeks a world free from violence and the threat of violence. We champion nonviolence as the foundation for effective programs and actions to promote the dignity of every human being.

FNVW’s programs offer experiential nonviolence training and support to inmates in Minnesota’s correctional facilities; bring people together to imagine and create a policing system that truly works for all; improve our skills in communicating in a way that can lead to clear understanding, healing and reconciliation; provide camp experiences in cooperation, community building, and peacemaking; and educate the public on the history, ethics and strategies of nonviolent personal and political action. We champion nonviolence as the foundation for effective programs and actions to promote the dignity of every human being.

FNVW relies on the power of our volunteers to fuel our organization and programs. This position would have contact with all of our programs working to ensure that current volunteers are having their needs meet, in addition to recruiting and placing new volunteers. This role will be working with our Volunteer Management team to ensure that our volunteers are given opportunities to use their strengths and talents to make lasting impact with our organization. The QVS fellow in this dynamic role would be able to experience all of our programming to gain knowledge of the different services we provide as an organization. Experience would also be gained with managing volunteers and learning how to navigate relationships with volunteers and how to support them working with participants. We are one of the few organizations in the Twin Cities who provides volunteer opportunities to individuals with a criminal record.

Program Support Specialist
This dynamic role will support 2 of our programs, Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and Bridging the Divides: Policing that Works for Everyone. The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) works to empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, building and enhancing of community, cooperation and trust. AVP offers a series of 3 workshops in the community and in 5 correctional facilities.

Bridging the Divides: Policing that Works for Everyone where we envision a policing model characterized by partnership, equity, trust and transparency. This model results in a police that serves and safeguards every member of the community, and an engaged community that collaborates with and welcomes the police. Our current strategies are 1) Educate Citizens and policy makers through ongoing empowerment events 2) Analyze police department policies on interaction with the community and training.

A Fellow in this role will have the opportunity to work with incarcerated individuals, volunteers, community members, police departments, and the Department of Correction.
Tasks include but are not limited to
• Program planning and development
• Supporting existing volunteers
• Recruiting new volunteers
• Creating and strengthen partnerships
• Help assess funding opportunities

This role is a good fit for people who want to learn more about organization management, program development/ implementation, volunteer engagement, all aspects of the criminal justice system. Previous experience in any of these areas would be beneficial but not required. We are looking for someone who is committed to Nonviolence and has the skills to organize people and projects.

Bridging

Bridging was founded in July of 1987 by the Outreach Networking Ministry team of Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to provide quality furniture and household items free of charge to those in need. Bridging operated as a ministry for five years before becoming a separate 501(c) (3) non-profit in 1992. Having moved to various locations, in 1997 Bridging took ownership of the Bloomington Minnesota warehouse and central offices, located at 201 West 87th Street. Fueled by increased demand, Bridging expanded its service by opening a warehouse in Roseville in November 2006. Between our current locations in Bloomington and Roseville, Bridging operates 64,000 square feet of warehouse space and is considered the largest Furniture Bank in the United States. We partner with approximately 150 area social service agencies who refer their clients to our services. Clients come to one of our two warehouses and our guided by (volunteer) personal shoppers to select the items that they need to make their house a home.

Fellow Position:Client Services Fellow
Primary duties and responsibilities:
- Assist the clients in their shopping experience - helping them select their furniture and household items
- Driving a Bridging truck (training provided) to either assist in the delivery of furniture/household items to clients or picking up the furniture/household items that will be donated to clients
- Oversee and assist with volunteer groups in the warehouse
- Assist in special projects related to Client Services as assigned by the Client Service Manager (i.e. Poverty Simulation Trainings, Advocacy events, client/prospective client follow-up)
- Help with item intake when donors drop off items that will be given to the clients
- Organize warehouse items in a safe and efficient manner
- Assist clients by filling their orders in the warehouse when they come to pick up their items
- Perform other Bridging activities as needed

The Fellow will be working with a wide variety of populations and demographics. Our volunteers range in age from 14 all the way up to 90+. The majority of our clients (90%) have a household income of $20,000 and 56% of them are transitioning out of homelessness. There are clients who have both mental/physical disabilities as well as many for whom English is not their primary language. We do ask our agency partners to provide care attendants/translators in these situations.

The person must have a true heart for service and for those who are experiencing difficult life situations. They should have an open mind and be able to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. We place a high value on diversity, equity and inclusion. This person must be a hard worker and be flexible to do whatever it takes to get the job done. The tasks of this role are imperative to our service delivery. There is a lot of physical labor involved. They should be positive, upbeat and excellent relationally and possess outstanding customer service skills. There will be much interaction with clients, caseworkers, volunteers and donors.

Green Central Elementary School

Part of Minneapolis Public Schools, Green Central Park Elementary is located in south Minneapolis and serves Kindergarten-5th grade. At Green, 96% of students receive free and reduced lunches, 61% are English Learners, with a high proportion of Latino and Somali students. Each grade level team consists of 3 classroom teachers, an ESL teacher, a coach, and an assistant. Green is often cited as a model of positive turnaround. Programs include Quality First Time Instruction with Coach Support, Positive Schoolwide Engagement, Family Engagement and Equity.

The QVS Fellow will:

  • Collaborate with the Positive Schoolwide Engagement Committee to envision and plan for a recess time where students experience and learn positive ways of playing and engaging together and learn and apply skills for conflict resolution.
  • Collaborate with the school counselor to create consistent about messaging how and when to use Second Step Problem Solving.
  • Bring opportunities for guided play such as cooperative games to students at recess in Grades PreK - 5
  • Provide conflict resolution during and after recess to students.  
  • Work with counselor to create and implement a system of effective communication between recess staff, classroom teachers and the PSWE team around social situations that need follow up from recess.  
  • Support the afterschool program to provide classes to small groups in areas of his or her interest/skills  (music, arts, cooking, sports or academic support according to his or her interest/skills.)
  • As time and schedule allow, the fellow will be available to provide individual and small group academic interventions to students selected by teachers.

Required Qualifications

  • Belief in students’ capacity to succeed and thrive
  • Good listener
  • Commitment to seeing  all situations through an equity lens
  • Solutions oriented
  • Enjoyment in outside play with youth
  • Ability to be command respect and give direction
  • Experience working with small groups of students from diverse cultures
  • Ability to take direction and learn from experienced teachers and school counselor
  • Ability to ask for support and change approaches in response to learning
  • Find the beauty, joy and humor of being outside with active kids on a cold, snowy, Minnesota day!

Desirable Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish or Somali
  • Background working with students Prek – Grade 5
  • Familiarity with conflict resolution strategies
  • Soccer
  • A skill or interest you’d love to share with kids through afterschool activities
Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light is an interfaith community co-creating a just and sustainable world. We work in partnership with faith communities to build transformative power and bring the lights of people’s unique gifts to addressing the climate crisis. At MNIPL we work to build the interfaith climate movement in Minnesota by empowering faith communities across the state to take action that is authentic, effective, and energizing in their context.

Since our founding in 2004, we have mobilized interfaith support for landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, educated hundreds of thousands of congregants, and worked with every major religious denomination in the state. We provide faith communities with the resources to powerfully show up in the growing climate movement by engaging in actions that are authentic, energizing, and effective. We do this in two ways: leadership development programs and action opportunities that provide tangible ways to make an impact. We believe that it’s not enough to offer people opportunities to take action on the issues they care about. Instead, we believe leadership development and organizing training empower individuals to build a movement capable of creating a just and livable climate for the human and more than human world. We are a staff of 10, reaching 5,000 people across the state and working with more than 200 faith communities.

Fellow Position: Environmental Justice Organizer
This Fellow will serve the organization by supporting the efforts of two volunteer teams, the Policy Team and the Just Solar Team. Using the New Organizing Institute framework for defining strategy and tasks they will help to keep team members in the loop and help to implement work plans that are cooperatively generated. They will assist these teams by conducting basic research through environmental justice and economic development mapping programs. They will work with the Just Solar Coordinator, working to build relationships and promote environmental justice to audiences across Minnesota. This will involve conducting one to one meetings with interested volunteers and potential partners, tabling at outreach events, giving short presentations, and helping to keep others in the loop about their network building success. This Fellow will be given basic organizing training through our Be the Spark training. The Fellow will work with communities best suited to their background and interests. Our Just Solar Coalition works consistently with communities of color and we would love to hire a Fellow who is comfortable building relationships and helping to promote programming within diverse faith communities, including mosques. The Fellow should be an outgoing and very organized who is ready to be both accountable and flexible. If there is a specific interest in youth, opportunities to assist with our All In the Circle camps in the summer are available.

Our Saviors Housing Program

Our Saviour's Housing program operates an emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for single adults. The English Learning Center program provides free English language instruction, plus tutoring in math, computer and citizenship test preparation for newly arrived refugees and immigrants. Our Saviour's Housing program provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing plus a wide array of support services for those who are homeless in our community.Both programs are focused on serving adults primarily in south Minneapolis, Minnesota.

All of our offices and workspaces are located in close proximity to one another in an urban neighborhood in south Minneapolis. Our mission is accomplished by about 40 staff members, including 27 full time and 13 part time individuals. We involve more than 1500 adult volunteers in the course of our work over a year. We are a community of hope for those who need a home.
Our mission is eliminating homelessness by providing shelter, support and a chance to start over.

Case Manager- Permanent Supportive Housing: Our Fellow will support a caseload of 16-20 homeless clients in scattered apartment building sites. The Case Manager’s primary functions are to assist clients with the move-in process, meet weekly to assess and encourage a case plan, ensure basic needs are met and to assist with crisis prevention/intervention to assure housing stability. Additionally, PSH Case Managers formulate strong professional relationships with clients’ landlords to better advocate and mediate any issues that may arise.

OSH has a welcoming community approach, strong teamwork collaboration, and flexibility to creatively improve programming to meet residents’ needs. The ideal candidate for this position will embrace this mindset.

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#QVSMSP- We need your help to fill this house!

Do you have spare furniture, kitchen utensils, linens, bikes, beds, etc. that you are not using? We are seeking furniture and household items to be donated to the new QVS House in Minneapolis. We have an empty house to furnish in preparation for the arrival of QVS Fellows this fall. Please view the attached spreadsheet to see more about what we need!

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