Rotary Club of Minneapolis University
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Minneapolis University

A small and mighty group of local professionals and a global network of 1.2 million Rotarians.

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Graduate Hotel Minneapolis, formerly Radisson
615 Washington Avenue Southeast
Upper level
Minneapolis, MN  55414
United States
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July 18, 2018

Brooke Rivers, Executive Director, Reading Partners Twin Cities

Empowering Community to Create a Literacy Movement in the Twin Cities

Brooke Rivers has dedicated her entire professional career to the belief that education is the lever by which we will change the world and the future for low-income individuals.  For the first ten years of her career she was immersed in the world of college access and success for low-income, urban students. As a member of the College Possible leadership team, she developed strengths in program management, curriculum design, implementation and evaluation, and how to galvanize a team around a shared mission.  In 2011, Brooke received the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Catalytic Leader Award for her work in building out the college program. 
Recognizing that reading is the foundation for everything, Brooke took the opportunity to launch Reading Partners Twin Cities.  Since the launch in 2015, Reading Partners Twin Cities has more than doubled in size - both schools and staff - and has become a key player in helping to address the persistent and urgent issue of education equity for all students regardless of race or income. 
Brooke holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and Spanish, with a minor in English literature from Bethel University.  A lover of laughter, Brooke gets plenty of it as a mom to (almost) two-year-old Josie (named after Jo March in Little Women). 
Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. The national nonprofit organization provides individualized literacy tutoring to more than 11,000 elementary school students in more than 200 schools in low-income communities across nine states and the District of Columbia. Reading Partners delivers a highly effective, evidence-based program that has helped tens of thousands of children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. Launched in 2015, Reading Partners Twin Cities grew from serving 250 students to 600 students in our third year, and have engaged over 1,000 people as volunteers. 

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Have fun and serve humanity! Joining Minneapolis University connects you with a “small and mighty” group of diverse local professionals and a global network of 1.2 million Rotarians who are committed to improving the world.  Through Rotary, we work together on local community projects and we link with Rotary International for service on almost every continent.  Rotary expands our own leadership skills, personal connections, and forges lasting friendships here and around the world.

Rotarians can work on local projects, go on trips to international project sites, and participate in Rotary friendship exchanges around the world.
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615 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis

Washington Avenue is open for limited vehicle access. If traveling by car, take I-94 (from either direction) to the Huron Blvd. exit and turn left on Washington Avenue. Proceed to the corner of Washington and Walnut. Turn right on Walnut and an immediate left into the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel valet parking.

The Green Line is now open for service and the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel is easy to access from either downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. Green Line trains arrive and depart every 10 minutes throughout the day. Take the Green Line to the East Bank rail stop which is less than 1 block away from the Graduate Hotel. Fare: $1.75

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