Team

TORCH contracts with three Coordinators – two at the high school level (Kim Horner and Teddy Gelderman) and one at the middle school level (Susan Sanderson).  The former high school coordinator (Beth Berry) has retired, but is staying on as a consultant.

TORCH also supports three part-time paraprofessionals to work with groups of TORCH students during the school day and after school on academic areas where they struggle.

The project is overseen by the TORCH Team, which includes 15 representatives from the partnering agencies.  The TORCH Team meets monthly to provide guidance and direction to the project, to review evaluation results, and to make recommendations for changes to the strategic plan.

Through a partnership with the Minnesota Alliance With Youth, an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Allie Devney, works with TORCH students, helping students access the supports needed to assure academic success.  She works closely with an AmeriCorps VISTA worker, Jojo Schmidt, who helps students to enroll in college courses and find financial aid as well as working with families and local organizations to improve TORCH services.

The Middle School TORCH program has added four AmeriCorps positions to the TORCH team.  Adam Zweber, a MathCorp Fellow, Kelsey Klug and Shannon Fraser, AmeriCorps Promise Fellows, and Rachel Sams, an AmeriCorps VISTA worker.  All four are each responsible for a cohort of TORCH students, where they provide academic advising, tutoring, mentoring services, and after school programming.

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