Fields: education, youth, social justice, poverty, racial justice
Location: Various – Bay Area, Los Angeles, and NYC
About the Organization: CollegeSpring founded on the belief that a higher SAT or ACT score is one of the most powerful ways for a student to boost their college prospects. Yet not all students are encouraged to – or can afford to – prepare. Since 2008, we’ve helped over 25,000 students from low-income backgrounds increase their SAT scores by an average of 104 points. Unfortunately, test preparation continues to be costly and out of reach for many students–which is why we’re determined to expand our reach and deepen our impact.
In 2017, Dr. Yoon S. Choi became CEO of CollegeSpring and led our organization through a planning process, reflecting on our successes and learnings over the past 10 years. The resulting FY19 – FY21 Strategic Plan positions us to meet the continued need for high-quality, inclusive test prep, and support 25,000 more students to earn higher scores and succeed in college admissions and beyond.
About the Position: 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.
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.
- 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.
- Be enrolled in college or be a recent graduate
- 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.
Estimated Salary: $12-15/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.
Deadline: Until filled