Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have summer-only positions?

No. Our positions run through the school year.

What is the application deadline?

Positions for each school year begin in August. We fill available positions on a rolling basis, so there’s no hard application deadline. However, early applicants have more placement choices, so we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.

What’s the difference between a “member” and a “tutor?”

No difference! Members and tutors are the same.

What are the hours?

Tutors must be available at least five hours every school day, during school hours. Hours vary from school to school — to see specifics, check the individual position posting. Some positions might require additional service in the evenings or on weekends.

Is this a paid or volunteer position?

If you join Minnesota Math Corps, you are committing to one year of national service through AmeriCorps; you are not entering into permanent employment. In exchange for your service, you’ll receive a bi-weekly living stipend.

Math wasn’t my best subject in school. Can I still help?

Yes! Math Corps will provide all the training you need to be successful in supporting students as they build foundational math skills. Some tutors have told us their own struggle with math helped them be more empathetic to their students’ challenges and others have told us that they enjoyed learning right along with their students. No matter your comfort or expertise with math, you can show students how to take on new challenges and demonstrate that there is no such thing as “a math person” — everyone can do math!

What kind of math would I be tutoring?

Below are some sample questions that represent the math that our students need to practice.

Multi-digit multiplication example: A truck has 50 boxes of jump ropes. Each box contains 100 jump ropes. How many jump ropes are on the truck?

Fraction example: Write or draw 3 fractions that are equivalent to 1/2.

Decimal example: Round .438 to the nearest tenth.

Equations and inequalities: Which value makes the equation 5b +15 = 30 true?

Area example: A triangle has a height of 25 feet. The length of its base is 12 feet. What is the area of the triangle?

What is the curriculum?

Math Corps is designed to give students additional guided practice outside of their core math instruction time and doesn’t use a specific curriculum. Rather, we use research-based strategies that are proven to be effective for children who need extra help practicing foundational math skills.

What is an education award?

A benefit of AmeriCorps service, the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is given when you successfully complete the required number of service hours. You can apply the award to educational costs, such as federal student loans, college tuition, educational supplies, etc. You have seven years to use your award.

If you’re age 55 or older at the start of your service, you may choose to transfer your education award to your child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild or foster child. The recipient of a transferred award has 10 years to use the award, beginning on the date it was earned. Learn more about the education award here.

Is there health coverage?

Full-time AmeriCorps members are eligible to enroll in a free health insurance plan through Minnesota Math Corps.

Can I have an additional job to make ends meet while I’m a Math Corps member?

Yes. There are no restrictions on additional employment as long as it doesn’t interfere with your service hours.

I’m a college student and have daytime classes. Can I still be a Minnesota Math Corps member?

Possibly. Our positions require members to serve Monday through Friday for an agreed-upon hourly commitment each day, but we may have a position available that fits with your school schedule. If you have specific questions about your schedule and the required commitment for service, please contact one of our talent specialists by email at recruitment@servetogrow.org or by phone at 866.859.2825.

Where are Math Corps positions located?

Tutors serve in about 200 sites across Minnesota; each member is assigned to one site. You can indicate your location preference on the application. See a map of our sites on our locations page.

Will I have to travel?

There’s some travel, but it’s minimal. Members are required to travel to the Twin Cities for initial four-day tutor training, called Institute, and to attend several regional trainings at the nearest office (held in Duluth, Grand Rapids, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Rochester, Mankato and the Twin Cities). You’ll be reimbursed for your mileage if you drive to these trainings; mileage for your daily commute is not reimbursed.

What’s the relationship between Minnesota Math Corps and AmeriCorps?

As part of the national service network of AmeriCorps, Math Corps receives the majority of funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps.

CNCS is the nation’s largest grantmaker in support of service and volunteering, engaging more than three million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities each year. Its programs include Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Volunteer Generation Fund, the Social Innovation Fund and others. CNCS program members, and the volunteers they help coordinate, enable tens of thousands of national and local nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, schools and municipal agencies solve tough problems and meet local needs in six priority areas: education, health, the environment, veterans and military families, economic opportunity and disaster relief.

I’ve served with AmeriCorps before. How do I know if I’m eligible for another year of service?

Term-limit regulations have changed recently. You can now serve up to four terms with an AmeriCorps national program or a state program such as Minnesota Math Corps. After serving four terms, you’re still eligible to serve with an AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) or National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program.

If you’re considering more than two terms of service, please keep in mind that AmeriCorps members are able to earn no more than the value of two full-time education awards. Once you meet this limit, you will not receive additional education awards for additional terms of service.

If you’d like to continue serving with Minnesota Math Corps after four terms, there are limited opportunities through Service Year. Contact your program manager to find out if this is a good fit for you.

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