College Possible AmeriCorps
  • 15-Aug-2019 (CST)
  • AmeriCorps
  • Other
  • Full Time

Education award, health coverage, loan deferement


Serve your community through a year of service with College Possible!

College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a 2011 Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers.

College Possible has a budget of $24 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2019-20 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 100 partner high schools and at more than 400 colleges. 

College Possible is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve.  We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.  For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education.

College Possible Washington, formerly College Access Now, recently joined the College Possible network and supports more than 2,200 high school and college students, including more than 600 high school students at 11 high schools in four school districts, and more than 1,600 college students in Washington State and throughout the country.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; and Portland, OR; and has Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Tennessee. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: our goal is to serve more than 100,000 students annually and make a significant contribution to closing the degree divide. 

So what is AmeriCorps?  When you think of AmeriCorps, think of the Peace Corps but in your own backyard. AmeriCorps is a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in the community."  Not only do College Possible AmeriCorps members make a difference in their community, they gain valuable experience for their next job or graduate school endeavor.

We have opportunities available beginning immediately in our Saint Paul, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia Pennsylvania and Omaha, Nebraska sites.

 

Available AmeriCorps Opportunities (may vary by site)

High School Coaches work together at their assigned high school sites to implement and deliver our comprehensive curriculum and program model, including building caring and mutually accountable relationships with students, session facilitation, intensive skill-building, and event planning.

As an AmeriCorps Coach placed in a High School, you will:

  • Recruit and develop relationships with a cohort of at least 35 students
  • Lead interactive weekly 90-minute group sessions based on established curriculum  and high quality program goals
  • Provide individualized support to students both in-person and via email, phone, and social media
  • Develop a consistent outreach and follow-up plan for ensuring student and program goals are achieved
  • Build productive partnerships with other AmeriCorps coaches, staff, teachers, counselors, and community partners
  • Collaborate, coordinate, and facilitate various school-wide events, workshops, career talks, panels, and campus visits
  • Update student records, track progress, and meet monthly data reporting goals using Co-Pilot database

Activities include career and college exploration, college list development, resume and personal statement writing, hosting campus visits and college fairs, SAT test preparation and registration, FAFSA/WASFA and scholarship application completion, individual and group advising sessions, academic coaching, and general advocacy and problem-solving to remove access barriers for our students.

College Campus Coaches work together on assigned college campuses to implement and deliver curriculum focused on transition programming, developing study skills, managing financial decisions, maintaining financial aid, building support networks, re-enrolling in services and preparing to enter the workforce. 

As an AmeriCorps Coach placed at a College Campus, you will:

  • Facilitate connections to an assigned group of 60 College Possible College students
  • Prepare and implement engaging advising sessions focused on supporting persistence to college graduation
  • Develop resources and activities based on student need
  • Provide individualized support to students both in-person and via email, phone, and social media
  • Develop a consistent outreach and follow-up plan for ensuring student and program goals are achieved
  • Build productive partnerships with other AmeriCorps coaches, staff, teachers, counselors, and community partners
  • Collaborate, coordinate, and facilitate various on-campus and community-based events, workshops, career talks, panels
  • Work closely with VISTA College Success Coordinator to provide detailed curriculum feedback and implement strategic changes throughout the program year
  • Update student records, track progress, and meet monthly data reporting goals using Co-Pilot database

Benefits:

Benefits include a bi-weekly living allowance, health coverage and an Education Award of up to $6,095 that can be used to repay federal student loans or pay future education expenses.  Some student loans may be deferred. 8-10 month commitment (depending on position) required.

Required Skills:

Four year college degree required.  Ideal applicants will have demonstrated leadership skills, a high level of achievement in academics, employment and/or other pursuits, and a commitment to the mission of College Possible.  Applicants of all academic majors are welcome to apply.

Please visit www.CollegePossible.org/serve to learn more about College Possible and serving with our organization!

College Possible is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance. Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals and conduct all possible activities in fully accessible settings. Alternative application formats are available upon request by contacting Chad Karlsson at CKarlsson@collegepossible.org.

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