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AmeriCorps High School Coach 2020-2021

College Possible
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This position supports juniors by providing ACT/SAT test preparation and work with students on an individual basis providing subject specific assistance. Guide seniors as they complete the college application process including: essay writing, applications for admission, scholarships, and the FAFSA.

Service Activities

Service members in the High School Coach Position will work directly with a cohort of 40 high school junior or seniors to support them through the college admission process, beginning with test prep skills in their junior year and guidance through the college application, scholarship application, college decision and financial aid processes in the senior year.

This will primarily be delivered through after school sessions occurring four nights a week. Members will also assist with event programming, including campus visits, community service, opportunity fairs, college fairs and end of year celebration events for students that will occur throughout the week and occasionally on weekends.

Members will also receive an in depth three week training and orientation with the team, along ongoing training throughout the year, with specific position training sessions occurring each Friday throughout the service year.

Community Need Addressed

This position will aid low income students in developing the skills necessary to gain admission to and succeed in college. Currently only 8% of low income students graduate from college, while their middle and high income peers graduate at rates above 60%.

Position Outcomes

Through this year of direct service, depending on whether you are serving with high school juniors or seniors, you will achieve either a 21% score increase on the ACT/SAT (juniors), or you will assist 98% of your class in gaining admission to college (seniors).


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

Skills you will gain

Members serving in this role will develop strong ability to prioritize their work, work directly with adolescents, and develop teaching skills.

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, 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
Derive consensus, 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, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
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 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, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, 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
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Charter School, Higher Education Institution, High School, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)
  • Weekly Training Hours 7

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