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Starting August 2024 - AmeriCorps College Access Coach - MINNESOTA

College Possible
United States, Minnesota, Saint Paul
755 Prior Avenue North (Show on map)
April 25, 2024

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

Start Date: August 12, 2024

End Date: June 30, 2025

Compensation



  • Living Stipend $1121.74/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 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 either inside a partner high school or tech-connected from College Possible Minnesota office, coaching a caseload of high school juniors and/or seniors as they explore college opportunities and complete the college application process.

College Access Coach



  • Teach college preparatory classes 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
  • Provide mid-year and end of year-end progress reports for all students
  • 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


Qualifications



  • You are a U.S. citizen; AmeriCorps members are required to be U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents
  • You have obtained an Associates or Bachelor's degree
  • You must clear a National Service Criminal History Check and all other security and requirement 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 Non-Service 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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