State of Utah
The Utah STEM Action Center is seeking AmeriCorps Math Mentors to build confidence and improve math skills in elementary and secondary students in targeted areas of Utah (primarily in Weber, Utah, and San Juan counties; to see a list of participating and potential schools, click here (Download PDF reader).). Mentors will report to the AmeriCorps Grant Coordinator at the STEM Action Center. Responsibilities include leading small group-based mentoring and software-focused math activities, helping students set and achieve weekly goals, and working with the STEM Action Center to recruit community volunteers for mentoring support.
AmeriCorps is a national organization modeled after the Peace Corps that involves opportunities for individuals to contribute to the betterment of their community through working in schools and with non-profit organizations. The Utah STEM Action Center AmeriCorps Math Mentors Program (AMMP) is funded through the nationwide AmeriCorps organization and the Utah State Commission on Volunteers (UServe).
Mentors have the chance to learn about the education system and about math intervention through first-hand experience with students. In the process, they develop excellent management, organization, and volunteer supervision skills as they work hand in hand with professional educators to manage a meaningful and effective tutoring program in a school.
Hourly rate averages $15. Living Allowance of $6,750 as quarter-time mentors (450 hours), or $13,500 as part-time (900 hours) over the course of their up-to 12-month term of service. This living allowance is paid out in equal monthly installments.
Scholarship (Educational Award):
Mentors are awarded an education credit at the end of each honorably completed service year that can be used for tuition, fees, and books at any accredited post-secondary institution or towards payment of student loans. A total of $1,678.57/$3,172.50 for 450/900 hours of service will be provided for this position. Mentors over the age of 55 can transfer their education award to a child or grandchild. All mentors qualify for forbearance of payments on current student loans.
Mentors work closely with Americorps Math Mentors Program (AMMP) staff during their term of service and have ongoing access to the nationwide AmeriCorps Alumni Network that can help them with networking, employment and mentorship opportunities.
Each member can serve for up to 4 terms and can receive the equivalent of up to two full time education awards.
HOUR REQUIREMENTS AND SCHEDULE DETAILS:
To complete the minimum number of service hours required, mentors should be able to commit to the following schedules (although we will remain flexible with your time):
Quarter-time (450 hours): 3 hours each school day of direct service at the school and approximately 45 minutes/week for community service and 1 hour/week of Member development activities. Approximately 11-13 hours/week during a regular 5-day school week.
Part-time (900 hours): 4.5 hours each school day of direct service at the school and approximately 1.5 additional hours/week for community service and another 2 hours/week of Member development activities. Approximately 22-26 hours/week during a regular 5-day school week.
These schedules may be subject to change if members wish to increase their weekly hour quotas to complete their term of service within a shorter annual period.
Mentors should have experience working with children or youth.
Mentors must be a high school graduate.
Mentors must produce a copy of high school graduation (or equivalent education) verification.
Mentors must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States. Documents may include: a U.S. passport or U.S. passport card, or Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (commonly called a Green Card), or a Foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp or Form I-777, or an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that contains a photograph.
Mentors must submit to and pass an FBI background check/National Sex Offender Database check conducted prior to hire in accordance with NSCHC requirements.
Mentors should have a working knowledge of basic mathematics.
Mentors must be proficient with basic computer software.
Mentors must be able to collaborate with teachers, administrators, volunteers, and program managers.
Preference will be given to those with proficiency in an additional language (i.e. Spanish, Navajo, etc.).
Lead small math group academic mentoring and help with software-focused math activities.
Respect and affirm the diversity of student backgrounds and experiences in your mentoring efforts.
Help match students and families, when appropriate, with community resources for food insecurity, housing insecurity, clothing needs, mental health, and other issues that may be affecting the student’s ability to do well in school.
Help students set and achieve weekly goals to support their ability to take ownership of their academic and behavioral progress.
Track individual student attendance and provide support through checking in daily to decrease the number of absences.
Track and assist remote learners.
Complete a minimum of 25/50 (quarter time/half time) community service hours to aid the community with needs beyond their regular tutoring program responsibilities. Organize and participate in community service projects on 9/11 Remembrance Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (hours involved are part time service hours).
Use AMMP tracking system to track intervention time, activities, and software test scores for all students on their caseload.
Recruit, train and supervise community volunteers and/or older students.
Attend a 2-day orientation and training and a statewide conference in March.
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR TEAM
The Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement isn’t just another state agency. The programs we manage and the services we provide are the heart and soul of Utah. By working with local arts agencies, historical societies, volunteer organizations, libraries, museums, and other state and federal agencies, as well as the state’s many indigenous and minority groups, the professionals in our department improve the lives of individuals and communities throughout Utah.
The department provides a fast paced, collaborative, and energetic work environment that supports employees in balancing work and home life. We actively encourage flexible work schedules and telecommuting options where it makes sense.
For more information about the Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, click here . For more information about the STEM Action Center and the AmeriCorps Math Mentors Program, click here.
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
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