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Starting August 2024 - AmeriCorps College Access and Success Coach or Community Partner Team Member - WISCONSIN

College Possible
1000 Living allowance paid in biweekly installments
United States, Wisconsin, Milwaukee
April 25, 2024

Employment Status/hours: In-Person; Full-time; Monday - Friday (during traditional school hours)

Start Date: August 15, 2024

End Date: June 30, 2025

Compensation



  • Living Stipend $1000/biweekly
  • Segal Education Award valued at $7,395
  • 100% Employer Paid Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits


Who We Are

As one of the largest and most successful college access and success programs in the country, since 2000 College Possible has helped more than 85,700 students from under-represented communities get into and through college through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Its pioneering model matches students with a near-peer coach and an evidence-based curriculum designed to help students overcome the most common barriers to getting into college and completing their degree - all at no cost to students or their families. Nationwide, College Possible students are three times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree within six years than their peers from similar backgrounds.

College Possible is a proud AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country's most pressing challenges through national service. Our AmeriCorps members commit to a year of service as a College Possible coach in communities throughout the country. Many coaches represent the identities of the students they serve, and each brings a commitment to social justice and closing the college equity divide.

Our near-peer coaching model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has an annual operating budget of ~$33.5 million, more than 190 full-time employees and more than 245 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2021-2022 school year, we reached an estimated 25,700 students nationwide.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible operates: regional sites in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Saint Paul, MN; and Seattle, WA; as well as Catalyze partnerships in California, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.

Our Coaches

College Possible Coaches are selected from a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds across the United States to serve our students as college access and success mentors; each Coach brings their unique skill set to assist students' success. We are seeking talented, caring, and capable people committed to supporting our students in their path to achieving a college degree. Through this service year opportunity, our Coaches develop leadership skills, participate in professional development workshops, engage in public speaking and much more. This is not only a positive learning experience for our students but for our Coaches as well!

What You'll Do

The College Access Coach (high school coach) service positions focus on coaching and supporting high school juniors and high school seniors who are seeking to earn a college degree. High school coaches will serve primarily inside a partner high school, coaching a caseload of high school juniors and/or seniors as they explore college opportunities and complete the college application process.

College Access Coach (High School Coach)



  • Lead college exploration and preparatory sessions for 40 or more underserved high school students at local high school campus(es)
  • Ensure that students consistently receive the highest quality of services, that school partner needs are met, and that each student makes satisfactory progress toward program goals
  • Provide 1-on-1 coaching to students to develop their college plan
  • Gain and maintain knowledge of all students' interests, needs, and backgrounds
  • Perform follow-up parent/student phone calls
  • Collect, organize, and maintain student and program documents
  • Update the database and spreadsheet files on a weekly basis; maintain student records and statistics
  • Coordinate with the College Success Team to provide college transition services to graduating high school seniors
  • Submit weekly timesheets, periodic reports (i.e., monthly reports, self-evaluations, and supervisor evaluations), and other service-related documentation as required
  • Attend required programmatic and community service events


The College Success Coach (college coach) service position focuses on coaching and supporting current college undergraduate students who are seeking to earn a college degree. College coaches will serve either tech-connected from a College Possible office or occasionally on a specific college campus. Tech-connected college coaches meet by phone, online messaging, and virtual personal meetings to support students in successfully matriculating through college; assisting in tasks like choosing the correct classes, reapplying for the financial aid and scholarships, college success skill-building, and addressing specific student needs as they arise.

College Success Coach (College Coach)



  • Provide one on one coaching and support to assigned scholars via phone, email, online messaging, and possible personal meetings to address specific needs and troubleshoot problems that may arise
  • Provide students direct high school to college transition coaching and support in areas including, but not limited to new student orientation, course registration, financial aid/FAFSA issues, college transfers, career development, and other miscellaneous issues. Conduct research, provide referrals, arrange meetings, and accompany students to appointments as necessary
  • Provide extended support and create personalized action plans for students in "red flag" situations, including loss of financial aid, family crises, drop-outs, stop-outs, deferrals, MIA students, and students enrolled in two-year colleges
  • Network and collaborate with university staff within academic advising, financial aid, and student support offices as needed
  • Work with students to gather documents such as transcripts, course registrations, and enrollment status to track collegian progress toward college graduation
  • Organize and maintain up-to-date student information on student progress including milestones and deliverables in databases and physical files; monitor success program statistics; produce reports as needed
  • Submit weekly timesheets, periodic reports (i.e., monthly reports, self-evaluations, and supervisor evaluations), and other service-related documentation as required
  • Attend required programmatic and community service events


The Community Partners Team Member

The Community Partners Team Member holds a multifaceted role central to the mission of our organization. Your primary responsibility will be to build and nurture vital community partnerships that directly benefit the students we serve. This involves organizing a diverse range of events, from College Prep Talks and college planning workshops for high school students to program-wide community service days. This role is an ideal fit for someone who thrives on project management, meticulous planning, and provides crucial support behind the scenes.



  • Build and support community partnerships to serve the students served
  • Organize events like College Prep Talks and college planning workshops for high school students
  • Conceive and organize program-wide community service days for College Possible team members and stakeholders
  • Organize visits to College Possible partner college campuses and business partners
  • Coordinate support services to College Possible partner colleges
  • Organize the annual Launch Celebration and other regional events
  • Serve as lead substitute for coaches
  • Support summer bridge programming for high school seniors
  • Support programming for students transitioning from first-to-second-year of college


Qualifications



  • You are a U.S. citizen; AmeriCorps members are required to be U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents
  • You have obtained a Bachelor's degree
  • You must clear a National Service Criminal History Check and all other security requirements set forth by College Possible and the school district in which you serve before the start of training


College Possible Coach Benefits & Perks



  • 3 weeks of Paid School Breaks & Holidays
  • Up to 4 days of Personal Time
  • 3 weeks Pre-Service Training
  • Consistent Professional & Leadership Development Trainings
  • Employee Assistance Program Access, with Mental, Physical, & Financial Wellness Benefits
  • Company Provided Technology
  • Company Provided Gear & Apparel
  • Access to College Possible Alumni Network


AmeriCorps Eligible Benefits



  • Student Loan Deferment and Interest Forbearance
  • Child Care Benefits Program
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits
  • Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Access to Schools of National Service Network for Additional Education Benefits
  • Access of AmeriCorps Alumni & Employers of National Service Network


College Possible is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education.

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