Southern Minnesota Initiative seeks volunteers to help kids with reading

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 29, 2005

For the Tribune

Southern Minnesota

Initiative Foundation is looking for people who want to help young children learn to read. In partnership with AmeriCorps, often referred

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to as the Domestic Peace Corps, the foundation is expanding

its commitment to young children and literacy. This year, AmeriCorps

Members will focus their energy on improving young children’s reading



the foundation is looking for individuals to fill AmeriCorps positions

in Fairmont, St. James/Madelia,

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown area and Northfield. AmeriCorps members will

be trained to assist with early childhood programs and learning-to-read

efforts. Members will also participate in professional development and

training activities.


AmeriCorps members receive an annual $10,600 living allowance, health

care insurance, child care benefits, along with a $4,725 education

award upon completion of their term of service. Minimum qualifications

include at least two years post high school education or work


Southern Minnesota

Initiative Foundation is committed to recruiting and engaging

individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion or

personal orientation. Information and an application can be found at


new children’s literacy initiative &045; called Reading Early Achieves

Development Success (READS) &045; will directly support The Foundation’s early

childhood efforts. “Our goal is to close the readiness gap for

young children entering kindergarten, and also provide support for parents to help their children learn to read,” notes Barbara

Gunderson, READS Director. “If you seek a rewarding experience and

opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children and

families, please give us a call.”


more information contact Barbara Gunderson,, 507-455-3215, or visit