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Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is seeking high school graduates interested in 21st-century learning and fostering developmental relationships with students to work in Milwaukee schools and libraries beginning this fall. The program, a joint effort between MPL and AmeriCorps, seeks to help young people develop a love of reading, increase information literacy, and build relationships that help bridge the gap between in-and out-of-school learning.
During their service, MPL AmeriCorps members will work in libraries, schools and community-based organizations to teach standards-aligned classes to students in grades 4-10 on topics ranging from robotics to soil conservation to computer program coding. Members will also lead hands-on activities and provide homework help to students after school at MPL branch libraries.
MPL AmeriCorps members should be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalency degree. For their 11-month term of service, MPL AmeriCorps members will receive a $20,000 annual living stipend, health insurance, and funds that can be applied to student loans or future higher education opportunities. Additionally, members will receive weekly professional development, including resume workshops, interviewing skills, professional mentorship, and more.
About MPL AmeriCorps
The MPL AmeriCorps program is made possible by $1.5 million in funding from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and community volunteerism. The funding has been awarded to the Library through the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, which MPL gratefully acknowledges along with generous support from Herb Kohl Philanthropies, American Family Institute and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. MPL AmeriCorps is also made possible by support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Special thanks also to partners in the Milwaukee area schools, including Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and Seton Catholic Schools. Additional partners are being finalized.