Times of day
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
430 South Michigan Avenue
Minds Matter is an academic mentoring program that empowers high-performing high school students from low-income families to achieve college admission and success. Students in our program participate in Saturday sessions which include mentoring, test prep, critical thinking and writing skill-building. During their summers students complete precollege academic programs through Minds Matter.
We match each of our students with two mentors that work with them for the duration of
our program, from their sophomore through senior years of high school. This
2-on-1 structure is one of the things that sets Minds Matter apart and ensures
our mentees’ success.
We are looking for Mentors and Test Prep Instructors for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Mentors support students on their path to discover, plan for, and ready themselves for college. Saturday mentoring sessions focus on group discussion, teamwork, skill building, and exposing students to new experiences around Chicago through various field trips. Mentors build a strong, trusting, relationship with their mentees during the Minds Matter program. Our mentors serve as positive role models and catalysts for the students, encouraging them to fulfill their potential.
TEST PREP INSTRUCTORS
The instructional component of our programs is designed to equip students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for achieving academic success at school and on the SAT or ACT. Test prep instructors focus on either Math or Verbal and teach small group lessons every other week on Saturdays.
When working with youth, one of the key components to building trust is just showing up. Commitment is key to our program—presence, proactive communication, and conscientiousness are what make Minds Matter Chicago work.
· We require a minimum commitment of 3-4 hours per week, including time needed for weekly session/lesson preparation and/or regular communication with your mentee.
· Sessions are every Saturday from September to May (excluding regular holidays). We require a minimum attendance of 80% of Saturday sessions.
· Test Prep is 10:30AM -12:30PM; mentoring is 12:30PM- 2:30PM, Test Prep instructors teach every other week.
· Building strong relationships with students over time is vital for their growth and success, so we prefer mentors that are able to commit to three years within the program, working with the same student from their sophomore through senior years. We understand that moving, new jobs, and changing circumstances happen, so we ask that mentors devote at least one year to working within the program.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
· Our best volunteers are energetic, committed, and demonstrate a passion for our mission. We are looking for mentors who can build rapport and trust with students and within our volunteer community.
· The ability to help mentees set goals and support them as they work to achieve those goals.
· Conscientious and communicative practices, like responsiveness to others and advance communication of absences.
- International Volunteers