American Connection Corps Report

The work of Northspan’s Welcoming Community Program Coordinator Amber Lewis, a Lead for Minnesota/Americorps fellow, was recently highlighted in the American Connection Corps’ Cumulative Report for 2021-2022.

The ACC is the nation’s largest fellowship program focused on advancing rural and economic prosperity through bridging the digital divide. Led by Lead for America and The American Connection Project partners, the initiative addresses broadband development and digital inclusion while strengthening our country’s next generation of civic leaders.

In the report, VP of Civic Ventures for Lead for America Benya Beacom cites “the infectious hope [ACC fellows] instill in others through their enthusiasm and expansive community engagement, their demonstration that national service can deliver for rural and disinvested America, and the importance of pathways for local leaders—young and old—to see how they can find possibility in the places and people they love.”

Pictured above: Amber Lewis (front row, first on the left) with the 2022 ACC cohort

Amber’s efforts through Northspan’s Welcoming Community program include the Duluth Lyceum, Inclusion Learning Cohorts, broadband research, and free administration of the Intercultural Development Inventory, in addition to hosting the annual Equity Summit.

Of the 49 members of the 2021 and 2022 cohorts, eight were from Minnesota. You can read about their work and other innovative projects across the country in the ACC Cumulative Report.

You can also learn more about current Welcoming Community projects and get involved.