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Mark Jensen - Room 337

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 Second semester, 2017, I am teaching three sections of Contemporary Literature as well as teaching AVID 11 and AVID 12. 

I am also the adviser for the Minneapolis Public Schools Marine Ecology/Scuba Club. We went diving in Bimini last summer and had a great time. We already have a boat reserved to dive in the Exumas in the Bahamas this summer. We are taking the club to a new level this year.

Katie Kerekes and I coach the Washburn Quiz Bowl team. The season offically ends in February, but you should think about joining anyway. There are "practices" every other week, just for fun! Join now maybe, but for sure join next year!!

If you wish to contact me for any reason, please do: Email is the best way to reach me. You can also leave me a voicemail at 612-668-8766.

The mice will see you now.

AVID volunteering opportunities list

All AVID upperclassmen need to participate in a volunteering job and an extra-curricular activity. The reason for this is that a good AVID student is a participant and a leader in their community. You foster those connections and go out of your way to raise yourself up and to bring others with you. You are a role model for others. When these characteristics are reflected on your college applications, colleges are more likely to accept you into their schools and to offer you scholarships.

This is the first year we are requiring this, so we are starting with modest requirements for volunteering. We want you to volunteer for at least 5 hours a month. Over the course of the year that will add up to 40-45 hours a very respectable amount. It is better to volunteer at the same place over a long period of time rather than volunteering for 8 hours in one day. However, both are acceptable.

We would like you see involved in an extra-curricular activity for the full year. Sports involvement is okay, but other types of involvement in activities show that you are well-rounded.

An after school activity or club. This can be a sport or better yet, an extra-curricular activity.

Check the Washburn page for activities. Email the advisor and find out how to join.

Another possibility is that you create your own club. We will be forming an AVID Student Leadership group.


A volunteer position within your community. You can find your own volunteering job – like in your church or community/park center, but otherwise you need to look for something. Pay attention to the descriptions. Not all opportunities are available for people under the age of 18.

Good search engine – use the advanced search.,%20MN,%20USA&categories=22

Volunteer Match for teens

Another good search engine

A decent list, though not necessarily close by opportunities

Search engine, more basic than the first two

Short list for teens

TWO PDF brochure of opportunities