We are looking for full-time AmeriCorps members to provide academic and college readiness/planning support to 7th to 12th grade students in the Breakthrough Silicon Valley program. AmeriCorps members will serve full time from early September 2024 to early August 2025.
The AmeriCorps members will work alongside and be supported by the BTSV program team while preparing students for their college journey. This is a fantastic opportunity for passionate recent college graduates to make a difference in the educational trajectory of aspiring first-generation college students.
Academic and College Readiness Advisors (7th-8th grade)
Build supportive relationships with approximately 30 students in grades 7-8 who aspire to be among the first generation in their families to graduate from college and who are just starting their Breakthrough journey. Provide coaching on academic and non-academic pursuits. Support students as they set goals for themselves that may range from grades and test scores, to getting involved in their community or exploring a career interest. Support students as they create their own plans for reaching their goals and meet with them regularly to encourage their progress! Lead after school and occasional weekend sessions, such as study skills workshops and “Super Saturday” community-building events. Staff program office hours and provide drop-in services including homework support as needed. Once the school year is over, AmeriCorps members transition from academic advisors to co-curricular activity leaders (CALs) at BTSV’s signature middle school summer program. CALs will support the building of culture and community at the daily All School Meeting and through planning special events such as Spirit Week, Crew Olympics, and the end of summer celebration.
Academic and College Planning Advisors (9-12th grade)
Build supportive relationships with approximately 30 students in grades 9-10 who aspire to be among the first generation in their families to graduate from college OR support 11th-12th graders with their college exploration, application, financial aid, and decision-making process. Provide coaching on academic and non-academic pursuits. Support students as they set goals for themselves that may range from grades and test scores, to getting involved in their community or exploring a career interest. Support students as they create their own plans for reaching their goals and meet with them regularly to encourage their progress!
Encourage students to take advantage of their summers to develop their leadership skills and broaden their horizons through work, enrichment camps, academic study, or volunteerism. Support evening and occasional weekend workshops on topics such as professional skills, career and major exploration, and college research; and organize social and community building events.
Once the school year is over, AmeriCorps members transition from academic advisors to supporting BTSV’s summer programming: teaching High School Prep curriculum or serving as a co-curricular activity leader at BTSV’s 9th grade summer program, or assisting rising seniors and first-year college students at college camps and the annual Grad Summit.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Have a commitment to community service and the ability to serve the complete program year: a service term of 1,700+ hours from early September 2024 to early August 2025.
Bachelor’s degree or enrolled in college pursuing your degree
US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States
Access to reliable transportation to our program offices and summer program sites via personal vehicle, public transit, or other means
As BTSV is an out-of-school time program, availability for evening and occasional weekend work is a must
Spanish or Vietnamese language skills are a plus, but not required
“Breakthrough Spirit”: You’re a collaborative team player who is committed to excellence and is open-minded. You demonstrate a growth mindset, think creatively to solve problems, and work with a sense of humor and humility.
Commitment to BTSV’s mission and goals as well as a passion for educational equity.
Subject to criminal background check