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Metropolitan State University encourages and appreciates graduate participation in various activities. Alumni can be proud to say Metropolitan State is an active community partner and it regularly proves this commitment in a variety of ways.


G.E.M.S. Mentoring - Make a difference in students' lives

G.E.M.S. (Guiding, Empowering, and Mentoring Success) Leadership and Mentoring Program at Metropolitan State University is recruiting alumni mentors for the students throughout the year. The program recognizes the unique needs of students and helps to foster their success in career, college and life through mentoring. As a mentor, you will help guide, empower, and support Metropolitan State students to become successful in their personal and professional lives as well as aid them in achieving their leadership potential. The G.E.M.S. program provides all mentors training as well as offers all participants monthly mentorship circles, workshops, and events focused on developing leadership and life skills which help ensure a healthy, growing mentoring relationship. To request a mentor application or for more information, contact Adil Najmuddin, lead coordinator at gems.mentoring@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1556.


Join the Literacy Corps and Teach a Child to Read

The Literacy Corps is currently recruiting Metropolitan State alumni to provide literacy tutoring at inner-city schools, libraries and learning centers. Tutors may also choose to participate through a variety of programs that offer opportunities during the day, after school, evenings and weekends. Days and times are flexible.

Free tutor training sessions are offered to university students, faculty, staff and alumni. To receive an application, contact Awo Ahmed, Literacy Coordinator, in the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, at 651-793-1288 or via email at Awo.Ahmed@metrostate.edu.

College for Kids

Assist in making college a reality for local elementary students by participating in College for Kids on the St. Paul campus! Fourth, fifth and sixth graders have the chance to experience a college environment when they visit Metropolitan State.  Elementary students arrive in the morning, register and attend fun classes and participate in a special graduation ceremony. 


Middle School/ High School Campus Visits

Assist in the middle school & High school campus visits and create a fun and welcoming atmosphere for students at our St. Paul campus.  Local students have the chance to experience a college environment and dream about the future when they visit Metropolitan State. The students arrive in the morning, participate in campus tour, register for and attend fun classes designed and taught by Metropolitan State alumni.   

We are seeking Metropolitan State University alumni to design and teach classes.  Middle School/High School Visits are a great opportunity to give back to the community and cultivate and explore the interests of the future generation.

Upcoming spring campus visits schedule: April  25, May 2,  May 9, and May 16.

If you are interested in participating, contact Kelci Meade, Youth Outreach Work Study Coordinator, in the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship at Meadke@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1296


Daytonís Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library Opportunities

Tutor at the Zone (Daytonís Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library)

Metropolitan State alumni can serve as general tutors, helping students of all ages with reading, math, computer literacy and other general homework concerns.  Participating as a Homework Help Center tutor provides positive work with community youth and adults while engaging with the community.

Computer Literacy

Recruiting university alumni who have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs for the Daytonís Bluff Saint Paul Public Library, computer literacy and job search classes!

The Saint Paul Public Library system provides technology education and training opportunities as part of the systemís larger workforce readiness programming

Training is provided. The Zone is located in the Daytonís Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library and is co-located with the university Library and Learning Center.

If you are interested in participating as a tutor or would like to learn more about the program, contact Awo Ahmed, Literacy Coordinator, in the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship at Awo.Ahmed@Metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1288.


First Saturday Science

The First Saturday Science program was developed to engage the communityís younger learners in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with active participation in scientific inquiry. Within an open lab setting, staffed by STEM college students and library staff, children and their families participate in active learning sessions that produce physical outcomes they can take home. The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship collaborates with the Daytonís Bluff Branch Library to select age-appropriate books for children that align with subjects like DNA, fossils and healthy soil.

Upcoming dates are: May 3 and June 7, from noon-2 p.m. Contact Nathan Fell at Fellna@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1482.


Meals on Wheels - Help provide nutrition and a safety check to those who need it

Metropolitan State participates in the Meals on Wheels volunteer program. Alumni interested in becoming a volunteer should e-mail Jodi Bantley, Community Engagement Coordinator, the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, at jodi.bantley@metrostate.edu or at 651-793-1294. The meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10:30 a.m. - noon. The time commitment varies from one day a week to once a month, depending on your availability.

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