Call for volunteers

Help recruit Serve MN (AmeriCorps) volunteers for our summer program!


Updated 5 / 28 / 21

***Note: Our summer program has a particular need for Wilderness Inquiry summer guides and summer educators (applicants should apply at the provided links -- more information below)!

Are you looking for a way to give back and have fun this summer? Do you enjoy working with kids and/or want to spend time outdoors? Volunteers (18 or older) are needed for our summer program!

Summer programming is important for students' academic and social growth, yet not all families can access these opportunities.

Especially in this COVID year, we want all students to have the chance to continue learning academic skills and have fun outside! Programming like this will be essential for academic recovery, social-emotional learning, and students' mental health.

Our program will serve over 1,000 Minneapolis K-8 students who attend one of our portfolio schools and come from a low-income background; it will feature:

  • Daily outdoor learning, via Wilderness Inquiry, with a STEM focus and plenty of physical activity and movement opportunities!

  • Literacy support for K-3 students, provided by Groves Academy.
Here are the details for volunteers:
  • 35 hours per week from June 7 through August 14.

  • Training via AmeriCorps, Wilderness Inquiry, and Groves.

  • AmeriCorps stipends ($750 every two weeks, or $3,750 for the summer—volunteers may also receive $1,300 toward school tuition or student loans).

Serve MN is accepting applications for school-based literacy tutors and for Wilderness Inquiry guides at our schools. If you or someone you know can volunteer, explore the below opportunitiesand apply! 

Literacy tutors will work with Groves to provide crucial literacy support using a specially designed Groves curriculum for small groups of students in grades K-4. Volunteers will receive training and support from school and Groves staff.

The Wilderness Inquiry program will help students strengthen their confidence outdoors and expand their social-emotional skills while reconnecting with their peers outdoors. Volunteers will be trained to lead groups of students and to run the program at individual school sites.

If you or someone you know is interested in supporting a specific school or in supporting the Wilderness Inquiry programming at our schools, please go to their specialized link below:

Literacy tutoring opportunities:

Site volunteers:

Hennepin playground photo

The demand for summer programming is incredibly high after this especially challenging school year. We need passionate adults, like you, who are willing to support students! Please pass this information along! We need your help to make summer programming a success for all students!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Maggie Borman for more information:

Thanks in advance!