About CollegeSpring Mentors
CollegeSpring mentors are an essential part of the program, helping students increase both test scores and college options. Mentors work directly with small groups of school juniors on SAT/ACT preparation and college readiness lessons. We seek to hire dedicated undergraduates who will understand the challenges our students face, who have the potential and desire to become strong tutors, and who will inspire our students to imagine new possibilities. As a member of CollegeSpring’s staff, you will develop teaching and leadership skills, meet other talented undergraduates, and help to make college attainment a reality for high school students from historically low-income backgrounds.
- Tutor small groups of students in SAT, ACT, and/or College Readiness using our curriculum and mentor handbook.
- Spend 2 hours weekly to plan lessons, which includes attempting practice problems, preparing activities/games, etc.
- Modify and personalize lessons to facilitate student learning.
- Engage students and develop classroom management and leadership skills
- Analyze test results to target subjects where students are being challenged.
- Be a college role model, helping students envision what college is like and why it matters.
- Belief that all students are capable of academic success: including improving their SAT/ ACT score, gaining admission to a four-year university, and succeeding in college.
- An understanding of challenges to equity and inclusion that perpetuate barriers to achievement for historically underrepresented groups, and a growth mindset that allows for continued learning and self-examination
- Ability to relate to students and explain concepts and processes in creative ways.
- Eagerness to learn. We will provide training on how to deliver our content and be an effective tutor and mentor.
- Reliable, will be available for all planned sessions and training.
- Strong time-management skills: able to balance school and work effectively.
- Ability to communicate effectively with various levels of staff and students: including peers, lead mentor, program staff, and school site staff.
- Prior tutoring experience strengthens candidacy.
- Eligibility to work on a school campus: passing a criminal background check through fingerprinting and a negative Mantoux TB Skin Test; or if positive, a chest X-ray confirming latency.
Schedule and Time Commitment
- Mentors must commit to 4-10 hours per week. CollegeSpring students work with their undergraduate mentors in small groups for one hour (or more) each week from January to May. Mentors must commit to two full weekend days of training and fifteen weeks of programming.
- Mentors should plan to spend additional time each week traveling to and from school sites.
- Be enrolled in college or be a recent graduate
- Eligible to work in the U.S. (and off-campus)
- Agree and pass a criminal background check
- Have access to reliable internet
- Ability to coordinate access to reliable transportation
- A professional network of social justice-oriented peers, educators, and non-profit professionals.
- Teaching experience – small group management, lesson planning, differentiation and behavior management.
- Improve or gain experience in the following: communication, problem solving, and management skills, critical thinking, professionalism and time management.
- Opportunities for professional development outside of education.
- Connection to other opportunities in education including Teach for America and City Year.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
APPLICATION TO BECOME A MENTOR
Please allow 15-20 minutes to complete this application. You will need to have the following ready before you begin:
- A 200 word (maximum) paragraph responding to the question Why do you want to mentor with CollegeSpring?
- Federal work-study status (required if you want this position to qualify for work study)
- Student ID # (required if you want this position to qualify for work study)
- SAT/ACT scores
- Resume or list of relevant activities/experiences
This is a paid position. The rate of pay Pay is $15 per hour (except where minimum wage laws are higher). Mentors will be compensated for the time they spend tutoring, and 2 hours of additional weekly preparation time. If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Reyes, Operations Coordinator for the NY Team, at email@example.com.