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AmeriCorps Member, Central Michigan University Upward Bound Program (Detroit)


Campus AmeriCorps members with the Mentoring to Access Corps (MAC) will act as mentors/coaches to high school youth in grades 9-12 to consider, plan for, and prepare for postsecondary education. A MAC AmeriCorps member will commit to 1700 hours (approximately 35-40 hours per week) over a year of service. Successful candidates will be passionate about creating equitable opportunities and addressing barriers for all youth to attend college. Specifically, this AmeriCorps position will serve with the Central Michigan University Upward Bound program in Detroit at Detroit College Preparatory at Northwestern and Detroit International Academy.

Position Overview:
The AmeriCorps member supervises high school students, programming and performs duties in an academic year and a summer residential, academic support program. The position requires supervision of 60 (maximum number served) high school students in a traditional high school environment, but is not limited to one-on-one interactions, small groups and living-learning communities in the summer academy.

Member Activities:
The AmeriCorps member will act as mentors to 60 (maximum) high school youth to deliver information about post-secondary options, college admissions, financial aid processes, life skills, and academic and career planning resources.
  • Support the participation of the students of the Upward Bound Program. 
    • Contact parents via phone calls, texts, mailings, and meetings. The parents are a large component of the success of the student. 
    • Track and document student participation and academic progress, including the following: Speaking with teachers about progress, collecting copies of report cards, tracking attendance, sending an invitation “back” to the program and creating and building relationships of trust with the students. 
  • Communicate with current students and parents, alumni, and staff members via Facebook, Twitter, Student Clearinghouse, texts, phone calls, mailings, and face-to-face. The AmeriCorps member will use these technologies on a monthly basis to facilitate contacts.Form relationships with students to create trust and bonding. Members will assist in 1:1 tutoring, implement student individual plans, record student progress, and maintaining knowledge of student schedules as to understand academic struggles. 
  • Assist the Academic Advisor in planning and implementing monthly programming, including parent/student meetings, College Goal Saturday, and other events. The AmeriCorps member will also work on monthly workshops; presenting, educating, and informing students of specific topics chosen. 
Summer Academy Component:
  • Daily supervision, monitoring and evaluation of male/female program participants in small and large groups;
  • Provide instruction for College Readiness Course during 6-week program;
  • Manage tutoring lab and individual tutoring sessions;
  • Confirm academic enrichment and service programs to support in-class instruction;
  • Assisting the Academic Advisor and instructor’s with the daily implementation of the total academic program for high school students in a college residential setting;
  • Monitor and supervise students during and between classes, within the residence hall during meal times, campus, during free time, leaving and returning to residence hall and classrooms.
Administration of Programming:
  • Monitor and maintain student attendance roster and progress in ALL Summer Academy Courses.
  • Enhance Upward Bound’s daily classroom activities, resource workshops, and tutoring sessions.
  • Participate in daily academic unit staff meetings, team meetings, fieldtrips, and ALL additional activities.
  • Completion of an incident report form and/or a medical emergency report form, and any additional program report/form as necessary.
  • Complete weekly reports, program evaluations and all assigned paperwork.
  • Assist with duties related to the Closing Ceremony.
Montisa Watkins, Director, Central Michigan University Upward Bound Program
Mentoring to Access Corps AmeriCorps Program Manager

Required Qualifications:
  • Some college experience, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Prior experience serving youth and volunteers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Possession of valid driver’s license
  • Possession of documentation of citizenship or lawful permanent resident alien status of the United States
  • Willingness to submit to a comprehensive criminal history check, including an FBI fingerprint check
  • An annual living allowance of $12,100 (pre-tax);
  • Standard AmeriCorps member health care coverage;
  • Income-eligible childcare assistance;
  • Ongoing professional development and networking opportunities;
  • Participation in a statewide project dedicated to building the future of Michigan’s youth; 
  • Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans (pending completion of a minimum 1700 hours of service over a 12 month period); 
  • Forbearance on qualified student loans.
Interested candidates should forward their cover letter and resume to:
Christie Schichtel
Program Manager, Mentoring to Access Corps
Metro Detroit Office
535 Griswold Street,
Suite 1300
Detroit, MI 48826
Lansing Office
330 Marshall St, Suite 200
Lansing, MI 48912