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Call for volunteers: Minneapolis "I Know I Can" College Awareness Day

Minneapolis "I Know I Can" College Awareness Day
Thursday, February 10, 2011

On February 10, 2011 approximately 2,700 third graders attending Minneapolis Public Schools will participate in the Minneapolis "I Know I Can" College Awareness Day.

It is the first step of The Minneapolis Promise, a cluster of coordinated efforts designed to eliminate barriers to post-secondary education for Minneapolis youth. The event will bring over 200 Minneapolis area volunteers into third-grade classrooms to share the significance of making college attendance an aspiration.

Volunteers will read I Know I Can, a children's book that introduces college awareness in a context that young children can understand. Volunteers will also have an opportunity to talk about their own college experiences, why college is important, and how to get ready for college.

To participate, you must attend a volunteer orientation session (1 hour) on one of the following dates:

* Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 9:00-10:00 AM (Walter Library 402)
* Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 1:30-2:30 PM (Walter Library 402)

Please register to attend a volunteer orientation session.

On the day of the event, you'll be expected to arrive at your assigned school at the designated time (between 9:00-10:00 AM) and spend approximately one hour in the classroom. Volunteers from the University of Minnesota will participate in schools near campus: Dowling Urban, Marcy Open, Pratt Community, Sheridan, and Sullivan Community. (Volunteer shifts/schools will be assigned at the orientation sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Questions? Please contact Meaghan at mcrr@umn.edu or 612-624-4561.


Project Partners: the Office of the Mayor (Minneapolis), RBC Wealth Management, Minneapolis Public Schools, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota College Access Network.

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