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New Home for Jane Addams School

November 25, 2009

It is a time of change and new possibilities for the Jane Addams School for Democracy.

Thirteen years after the first learning circles met in 1996, the Jane Addams School has moved into the Baker Community Center in the West Side neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn.

The new space will allow participants to create a cultural learning center that reflects the values of the local community, in the spirit of the settlement house tradition pioneered by Jane Addams. Previously, the Jane Addams School was hosted at Humboldt High School, also on St. Paul’s West Side.

Jane Addams School participants are getting getting used to the new space, including learning how to set up circles for dialogue and using new spaces for paired learning. The Hmong Circle has already decorated their space to make it more colorful and comfortable. The Youth Circle planned and carried out a Halloween party, and all four circles–including the Spanish Circle and East African Circle–are now planning a larger celebration to take place on December 9.

The Jane Addams School continues to benefit from the energy and talents of students from Normandale Community College, University of St. Thomas, and Hamline University. In addition to AmeriCorps members, there are students in leadership roles from St. Catherine University, Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and Augsburg College.

With the move to Augsburg College by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, a key partner, Jane Addams School leaders look forward to building stronger pathways for Augsburg students, staff, and faculty to be even more engaged.

Baker Community Center is located at 209 West Page St. in St. Paul.

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