Academic Intervention Mentor Specialist

AmeriCorps Position Description: Academic Intervention Mentor Specialist (AIMS)

Reports to: Site Lead

Stipend: Approximately $620.00 bi-weekly, plus education award of up to $3,047.50

Term of Service: July 2019 – June 2020

Location: San Bernardino, CA

Position Summary:

AIMS are responsible for working directly with a caseload of 20 students to provide tutoring, coaching, goal-setting, and academic case management to achieve measurable improvements in academic performance. AIMS must have an authentic interest in the academic growth and development of students, as well as the ability to provide a safe and trustworthy learning environment.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

A. Academic Intervention

So that students improve in math and English Language Arts, and increase engagement as a result of their sustained participation in Youth Action Project, AIMS manage classroom behavior to create a productive learning environment and:

  • Provide academic intervention that is active and facilitates:
    • Learning and memory recall of new knowledge that is strengthened through different exposures of “doing” (i.e., seeing, hearing, touching, and doing).
  • Provide academic intervention that is collaborative and facilitates:
    • Learning that is socially-centered, allowing young people to build skills through learning as a team;
    • Lesson plans based on student needs as required; and
    • Program partnerships with parents, teachers and other supportive services
  • Provide academic intervention that is meaningful and facilitates;
    • Learning that increases motivation by creating experiences relevant to students’ own interests, experiences, and the real world in which they live; and
  • Provide academic intervention that supports mastery and facilitates:
    • Learning that provides young people the opportunity to gain and practice new skills and habits;  
    • Tutoring, coaching, goal-setting and academic case management designed to bridge the gaps in students’ school day learning.
    • Learning that fosters the joy of mastery; and   
    • Learning that culminates in an event or product to be viewed and celebrated by peers and family members.
  • Provide academic intervention that expands horizons and facilitates:
    • Learning that goes beyond the walls of site facilities and uses the surrounding community as a classroom, bringing in individuals and businesses that young people may not otherwise come into contact with.

B. Formal Mentoring & Outreach

So that students develop additional life skills as a result of their sustained participation in Youth Action Project, AIMS promote the Young Scholars Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success, as evidenced by:

  • Participates in all student recruitment efforts; collaborates with existing campus clubs and organizations to leverage resources and increase capacity.
  • Maintains ongoing communication with parents to obtain information to better serve families and maintain program quality; this includes, but is not limited to the distribution of progress reports, programmatic materials, and event announcements.
  • Collects/enters student data on academic gains and other outcome targets.  Consistent completion of all required documentation: forms, grade checks, assessments, attendance records, etc.
  • Organization of own work daily, weekly, and monthly to ensure key deadlines are met and is completed on time and according to established policies and procedures.
  • Help with implementing site safety plan.

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing a caseload of 20 students
  • Facilitating student clubs and enrichment activities
  • Participating in required trainings and national days of service outlined by AmeriCorps

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident
  • High school diploma or GED required; minimum 48 college semester or 60 college quarter units preferred
  • At least 17 years of age (requires high school completion and parent/guardian consent)
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel to school site(s), YAP office, and meeting sites as required
  • Must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends (on occasion)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for working with high school aged youth
  • Patience and a strong desire to help students achieve their goals
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient level of cultural competency
  • Bilingual in Spanish is desired, but not required

Term of Service:

Completion of 900 service and training hours in the 2019-2020 academic year is required. Service term begins July 2019 and ends June 2020. Service is required Monday through Friday, 1:15 pm – 6:15 pm with occasional evening and/or weekend hours served when needed.

Youth Action Project is committed to providing equal opportunity for all. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment or service because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability (including HIV/AIDS), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service or any other improper criterion.