College & Career Ambassadors | Promise Corps

Overview

We are currently recruiting for College & Career Ambassadors to serve full time in the 2018-2019 school year as part of the Promise Corps Program in Philadelphia. You and interested applicants can find more information here. If you have more questions, feel free to contact Kerry DiNardo at Kerry.DiNardo@Phila.gov

The College and Career Ambassador will serve full time (completing 1700 hours of service) over the course of 10 months, working closely with high school students and families to ensure that students graduate with strong skill sets, and develop awareness of paths and challenges related to postsecondary opportunities. 

The Promise Corps members will work with students in grades 10-12, who have been identified as needing support. Each member will be assigned a host school and will work with guidance counselors, teachers and other school personnel to develop long and short term plans leading to postsecondary entry.  Services begin with five introductory workshops for a baseline understanding of postsecondary options. CCA AmeriCorps members will conduct individual advising sessions with students and develop a plan that will lead to one of the five postsecondary options. 

Responsibilities include:

Post-Secondary Planning and Support 

  • Provide engaging small group workshops and 1:1 sessions to improve students’ knowledge of post-secondary options and requirements 
  • Will work with up to 50 students to ensure each has an Individual Service Plan  
  • Create programming in areas such as post-secondary education options, Four Systems of Higher Education, college application process, financial aid, and career exploration 
  • Work with school staff and teachers to implement the Individual Service Plan model and workshop series. 
  • Facilitate interest assessments to identify student interests and post-secondary options
  • Maintain student information and records by tracking, logging and entering workshop/1:1 hours / time spent with students in database 
  • Develop field trips and events that include college field trips, providing financial aid application assistance and a graduation ceremony.
  • Design, coordinate, and implement parent workshops at target school sites 

Academic Support 

  • Provide tutoring and homework support under direction of teachers with a focus on STEM. 
  • Members will coach students around short and long-term academic goals by reviewing alongside students transcripts and report cards
  • Work closely with partner teacher(s) and other school staff to identify the right supports for individual students
  • Participate in school trainings and meetings

Other duties including but not limited to:

  • Service project development
  • Coordination of college and other campus visits for students
  • Participation in member development (included but not limited to trainings, professional development, workshops) 
  • Complete 1700 national service hours over 10 months
  • Attend a “Swearing in” and “Graduation” Ceremony
  • Maintain a commitment to understanding the Promise Corps  program model, and current educational best practices

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be at least 17 years of age, have a high school diploma, and possess US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  • Have a college degree – associates or above 
  • Pass Tuberculosis Skin Test
  • Clear a National Criminal History Check, California Criminal History Check, Criminal History Check in your current state of residence (if different than California), and National Sex Offender Registry check
  • Served less than 4 terms of any length in another AmeriCorps State or National Program

SCHEDULE

 Monday through Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm. Additional evening and weekend hours as needed for events, school activities and additional service days and projects.  Targeted program dates August 13th, 2018- June 19th, 2019. Official start and end dates will be confirmed when the Philadelphia School district 2018-2019 school calendar is announced. 


APPLICATION PROCESS

Please click on the following link for the AmeriCorps Member application: PROMISE CORPS APPLICATIONIf you are being considered for this position we will reach out via email with a screening form to complete prior to scheduling an in person interview. Interviewing via skype is offered to any out of state applicants.