Peer-to-Peer College Coach - Metropolitan Education Commission - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
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Metropolitan Education Commission
Peer-to-Peer College Coach
300 Hour Position
Approximately 8-10 hours/week
Service Location: Tucson, AZ
Service Dates: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019
I. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
The Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) was established through Resolutions by Tucson Mayor and Council and the Pima County Board of Supervisors in 1990. The 34 Citizen Commissioners it is comprised of advises, makes recommendations, and serves as an advocate in all the areas as they affect the educational welfare of the citizens of Tucson and Pima County. The MEC’s goals include: To empower and advocate for students, their teachers, and their families; To acknowledge individuals and groups within the community whose exemplary service to students and to education merits such special recognition; and To promote graduation from high school as a first step toward an enriched future for students and a realistic sense of their post-secondary pathway and place within the community.
The goal of the Regional College Access Center (RCAC) College Coach Program is to alleviate the burden on understaffed high school college and career counseling departments by providing assistance with Operation AmeriCorps Priority Areas and providing an extra hand with regard to detailed college planning needs for every high school senior. The College Coaches will work closely with the designated high school liaison, RCAC Program Manager, and RCAC /AmeriCorps College Coach Team Leader, and the Arizona Serve Program Manager to assist with college advising, workshops, events, summer programming and program assessments.
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
A. Peer-to-Peer College Advising: The AmeriCorps State members will serve as College Coaches and schedule advising sessions with identified seniors to help them with the college application processes such as admission, financial aid, scholarships, and essay writing for scholarship applications. They will also train seniors on the use of the RCAC website to conduct college and scholarship searches.
B. Workshop and Event Assistance: The State members will work with staff to assist with college access workshops, presentations and events that provide college preparation information. They will also assist with FAFSA Early Application Sessions and college and university “Next Steps Processes.”
C. Summer Program Activities Assistance: The State members will staff with workshops/seminars related to summer transition programs, with the creation of college access workshops, and continue to assist with the planning and implementation of financial aid workshops and seminars for parents and students
D. Data and Program Assessment: The State members will complete data entry and keep documentation for participants in advising appointments, workshops, presentations, and events. They will also assist in the development and implementation of senior surveys, making phone calls to survey participants, and data entry.
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
o Age 17 or older
o Fluent in both Spanish and English
o Experience working with a diverse population
o Has knowledge of college access processes
o Ability to work as a part of a team
o Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Apps
o Strong written and verbal communication skills
o Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team setting in a consistent, energetic, and positive manner
o Effective problem-solving skills
o Ability to understand the "big picture" while completing detail oriented tasks
o Friendly and effective interpersonal skills
o Consistent and reliable access to reliable transportation
AmeriCorps State Member Benefits (300 Hour – Ed Award Only)
● Upon completion of service, minimum-time (300 hour) AmeriCorps members receive a $1230.69 education award that can be applied to educational costs or student loans
● Members participate in 10 (2-hour) trainings that qualify them for a Certificate in Civic Leadership and 4 college credits from Prescott College
● Team support and coaching
Arizona Serve is committed to implementing inclusive practices in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Those who have marginalized identities, whether or not those identities provide protected status, are encouraged to apply.
Prescott College is a proud participant in the Employers of National Service initiative. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
To apply for this position, please download the AmeriCorps State application: HERE
This application is a fillable PDF file. Save and submit your completed application electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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