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Beyond School Success Coach AmeriCorps State Member

Mission: St. Louis
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The Success Coach ACM position is responsible for helping to create and implement a high quality Beyond School Program. This full-time position requires someone who is skilled not only with communication, scheduling, and logistics but also is able to connect with adults and students, alike. The Beyond School Success Coach ACM must be very resourceful. The primary focus of the Success Coach’s work with students revolves around the scholars’ academic and social/emotional growth and getting them to cultivate habits that will result in life-long success. They must be able to respond with positive, appropriate behavior, even in frustrating situations with at-risk youth. Success Coach ACMs report to the Beyond School Site Coordinator and must be willing to take direction, voice ideas in a respectful manner, and function as a team member with other Beyond School team members.

Service Activities

● Participate in Beyond School Team meetings and Professional Development/Service Trainings to develop and implement a high-quality program
● Service hours include: ~10:00 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Monday-Friday (including breaks); hours outside of direct service program times used for planning, admin, transportation, and meetings requiring no fewer than 40 hours/week until mid July
● Foster a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment for our students, parents, staff, and volunteers
● Collaborate team to implement the Beyond School Culture Manual policies
o Uphold Beyond School student expectations
o Serve with fellow Beyond School team members as a consistent and fair disciplinarian for our students
● Communicate regularly, effectively, and kindly with parents
● Attend open houses/parent conferences/parent events, including Family Nights
● Plan weekly one-on-one sessions with individual students in order to provide individualized guidance and ongoing feedback
● Internalize and exhibit the Beyond School Mission
● Support and help complete all daily tasks that must be implemented for Beyond School
● Maintain communication with your crew’s teachers and support staff in order to best support each student’s needs
● Guide and encourage volunteers serving in your crew in order to maximize student growth
● Transport students as needed, including transporting students home and to enrichment/community service opportunities
● Obtain Class E driver’s license
● Lead teach at least one Enrichment class
● Plan and implement Crew Times (Social/Emotional Learning time)
● Lead all aspects of Academic Time for your crew
o Track student homework assignments and ensure students are completing homework
o Collaborate with Coordinator to develop and implement daily lessons in literacy and math
o Track and record student growth in ETO
o Track and record student grades and NWEA scores in order to monitor student growth
o Prepare each student’s lesson plan folder and other necessary student materials
● As part of the Mission: St. Louis and AmeriCorps team, participate in company-wide activities, events, and various office-related duties as needed, including some weekend activities
● As a part of the Beyond School team, work on various projects as needed
● Attend school wide activities such as recitals and sporting events
● Additional responsibilities aligned with one of the following specializations: Volunteerism, Community Partnerships, Enrichments, Activities Coordination, Family Engagement
Ideal Qualifications:
● Previous experience teaching and/or managing programs for inner city students
● Class E driver’s license and automobile to transport students
● Passion for and commitment to service
● Commitment to serve 40 hours a week
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Kids don’t scare you.
Not only do you like kids but you’re able to manage them well…even on the off chance that they’re not listening or behaving. (Do kids ever do that?)

You are very flexible, even with last minute changes.
You have plans, but you are ready to adjust as needed when unforeseen obstacles arise.

You can bridge communities of different types of people.
You are not only comfortable with different types of people, you understand how to help them connect with each other.

You can command attention.
When things get chaotic, you can take control and redirect the situation.

You are organized.
You can complete tasks and build systems and structures.

You’re a team player.
You can take direction, but you can also work with others to develop and carry out. You can respectfully voice your own opinions while listening to the ideas of others. To you, differences with teammates are opportunities to learn, grow, and collaborate.

High energy and enthusiastic

Community Need Addressed

Youth born into under-resourced communities face an achievement/opportunity gap (completing school or dropping out) that becomes apparent in middle school and widens in high school. Students are most at risk during middle school years. Low-income students fail to graduate at 5x the rate of middle-income families and 6x that of higher-income youth. Within our partner schools, 98% and 65% of the student population qualifies for free or reduced lunch, indicating students in Beyond School (BS) come from low-income households. In 2015, 54% of students entered BS reading on average 2 years below grade level. Research has shown that 75% of students with literacy problems in the 3 rd grade will still experience difficulties in the 9 th grade, and 6 th graders who have failed English/reading only have a 10-20% chance of graduating high school. Furthermore, research has shown that high school dropout is a process, and indicators of dropout (academic achievement, behavior and attendance/engagement) are present as early as elementary and middle school. Schools will need resources or supplemental programs to accelerate student learning and close rather than widen achievement gap.

Position Outcomes

Beyond School serves when students are most at-risk, with a focus on reaching students during the elementary and middle grade years (grades 3-8) and at key transitions (between grade 8-10). Our activities focus on three critical areas that studies show point to increased risk for high school dropout: academic achievement, social/emotional learning, enrichment classes and community service learning/enrichment events.


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

Education Benefits

CPR, First Aid Certification

Skills you will gain

Timekeeping, CPR/First Aid, public speaking, lesson planning, communication, conflict resolution

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, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
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
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements Some College
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Charter School, Community-based Nonprofit, Elementary School, Middle School
  • Weekly Training Hours 4

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