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AmeriCorps College Coach

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At CAN, AmeriCorps College Coaches provide crucial support to students as they navigate the social and academic challenges of high school and enter the intimidating college search, application, and enrollment processes. Coaches serve either 11th Grade, 12th Grade, or CAN College Students.

CAN's 11th and 12th Grade AmeriCorps College Coaches work together on-site at their assigned high school sites to implement and deliver our comprehensive curriculum and program model, including session facilitation, intensive coaching, event planning, and tracking data related to program participation and student success. 11th and 12th Grade Coaches facilitate weekly after school sessions for a cohort of 35 recruited students, which include activities such as career and college exploration, college list development, resume and personal statement writing, campus visits and college fairs, SAT test preparation and registration, FAFSA/WASFA and scholarship application completion, and general advising to remove barriers for our students.

CAN's College Campus Coaches partner 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. Campus Coaches support an assigned cohort of 60 CAN college students, through engaging individual and group advising sessions focused on supporting persistence to college graduation. Activities include FAFSA/WASFA renewal, scholarship application completion, academic support, career exploration and readiness, individual and group advising sessions, and general problem-solving to remove barriers for students to persist and graduate.

Service Activities

● Recruit, select, lead and develop coaching relationships with a cohort of at least 35 high school students or 60 college students
● Deliver engaging weekly 90-minute sessions based on established curriculum and high quality program goals geared toward supporting students in accessing and persisting through college graduation
● Provide individualized support to a cohort of students both in-person and via email, phone, and social media
● Develop a consistent follow-up and outreach plan for ensuring student and program goals are achieved
● Establish and maintain relationships 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 for students
● Update student records, track progress, and prepare reports using Excel & Salesforce in a timely manner
● Serve as an advocate for students, as well as the program, organization, and national service
● Participate in various service projects including National Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and more

Community Need Addressed

College going, persistence and success rates for students from under-served and under-privileged communities

Position Outcomes

Increasing the college graduation success rate for students from under-served and under-privileged communities


Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

● $14,500 annual living stipend ($1,450 per month before taxes throughout the 10-month service term) ● $6,095 annual education award for qualifying educational expenses (upon completion of 1,700 service hours) ● 100% paid medical, dental and vision insurance premiums on qualifying plans ● Work iPhone for professional communication purposes ● Complimentary ORCA transit pass, providing free and unlimited access to regional bus and light rail service ● Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits depending on income eligibility ● In-depth weekly trainings, workshops, and professional development opportunities related to social justice, education, youth development, diversity, leadership, professionalism, non-profit administration, and more

Education Benefits

College Degree

Skills you will gain

Curriculum Development, Time Management, Communications and Marketing, Classroom Management, Coaching, Public Speaking, Data Tracking, Event Planning, Budget Management, Goal Setting

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 10 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 7

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