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College Mentor - Gear Up

at YPI

Posted: 9/21/2019
Job Reference #: 4065
Categories: Other/General

Job Description

  • Job LocationsUS-CA-Pacoima
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Type
    Regular Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Youth Policy Institute is currently seeking a part-time College Mentor for its GEAR UP program. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, and follows students with programming from their 6th grade year to their first year in college. The group of GEAR UP schools are a combination of charter, pilot, and traditional LAUSD schools located in the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood and Promise Zone, whose mission is to transform these communities with a continuum of cradle-to-college-and-career services.

    The College Mentor will be responsible for providing one on one/small group tutoring support, advising, and mentoring services for students and families of GEAR UP partner middle and high schools. The College Mentor will work closely with YPI staff, including the GEAR UP Coordinator and College Access Advisor, to connect families to appropriate resources. Additionally, S/he will supports students and families on topics including but not limited to A-G requirements, Post Secondary Options, and Financial Aid; while consistently monitoring academic progress of students


    • Work with students, school staff, and families to address barriers to learning and college access and coordinate appropriate services and referrals.
    • Support in the development and facilitation of workshops for students and parents regarding College and Career knowledge.
    • Support with coordination of college fairs, career days, field trips to college and workshops, spirit weeks, career panels, mock-interviews, and other events to build students' knowledge and motivation about college and career.
    • Maintain regular check in’s with GEAR UP students (academic advising, college eligibility and competitiveness)
    • Assist students in developing the necessary skills needed to master the required grade level standards by providing one-on-one and/or small group tutoring.
    • Create and utilize differentiated learning approaches to assist students in the development of their academic skill set.
    • Maintain constant communication with GEAR UP Site Coordinator and College Access Advisor as it relates to program progress, successes and/or challenges.
    • Participate in various school meetings and other outreach and grant related events (program culminations, press events, open houses, community events, etc).
    • Coordinate the collection and input of evaluation data used to measure program effectiveness of services and outcome measures.
    • Complete data entry of student and parent information on service tracking database.
    • Travel to meetings, school meetings, and trainings as scheduled and required.
    • Adhere to workplace safety guidelines.
    • Implement YPI policies and procedures.
    • Handle other duties as assigned.


    • High school diploma required or GED equivalent required. Bachelors degree highly preferred.
    • 2 year minimum experience in community, social/human service, public school system and/or volunteer work highly preferred.
    • Experience coordinating programming in areas such as academic enrichment, post-secondary education, career exploration, individual and small group advising, or classroom presentations highly preferred.
    • Ability to engage youth in activities and coaching conversations.
    • Demonstrated competency with record-keeping, documentation and data management
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with school personnel, after school personnel, parents, students and other stakeholders.
    • Self-starter, organized and detail-oriented.
    • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
    • Ability to multi-task under, meet strict deadlines and work under time pressure.
    • Experience working with individuals of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
    • Familiarity with the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood area resources.
    • Bilingual/Spanish highly preferred
    • Strong computer skills and a complete knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
    • Professional demeanor and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Must be available to work flexible schedule and be able to work 20-25 hours per week, Monday-Friday and some Saturdays as needed.
    • Must pass a criminal background check (Livescan fingerprinting), with both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), prior to beginning employment.
    • Must present proof of negative Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux) prior to beginning employment dated within 60 days.
    • Must have access to reliable transportation to travel between work sites. If applicable, will be required to provide proof of current California driver license, acceptable driving record (current DMV H6 printout) and current liability auto insurance.


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