The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides is a partnership between the Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism (ServeOhio) and like-minded college access organizations across the state including: Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, College Now Greater Cleveland, Connect to Success at Washington State Community College, Esperanza Inc., I Know I Can, Mahoning Valley College Access Program, Ninde Scholars Program, Scholarship Central and Stark Education Partnership.
The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides program maintains that all students and families deserve equal access to educational opportunities. The goal of the College Guides is to ensure that all Ohioans, especially those that are typically underserved – first generation college-going, low-income, and minority – get the information and knowledge they need and deserve to prepare, access and complete a postsecondary credential. The College Guides will deliver programs and counseling on college and career exploration and financial education to 6th through 12th graders; provide support to 11th and 12th graders on strategic and tactile postsecondary access and financial planning; and facilitate successful postsecondary transitions, persistence and ongoing financial education with high school graduates.
The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides places recent college graduates into schools and community centers to provide a pipeline of new and current information about preparing for, accessing and persisting in a postsecondary education program, ultimately striving to be a caring adult committed to motivating students and families to think seriously about the plans and goals that will lead them into an opportunity-rich future. The College Guides is a corps of driven and highly-qualified professionals getting a start in education, whom students can relate with, confide in, and eventually emulate as they are guided in planning for their future and taking constructive steps toward successful completion of their goals.
The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides will engage a total of 70 AmeriCorps Members statewide to serve in a full-time capacity (1,700 hours in 11 months) from August 10, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
Your AmeriCorps Ohio College Guide assignment is with Cincinnati Youth Collaborative in Cincinnati, Ohio. Your host site supervisor is Crystal Smith. Your title will be AmeriCorps Ohio College Guide and you will be serving middle and high school students in Cincinnati Public Schools.
Attitude and General Responsibilities:
- Strive to create and maintain a positive, professional and cohesive work environment
- Respect confidentiality of the families and students you serve, staff you engage with in the schools or otherwise, and other AmeriCorps members.
- Maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
- Abide by the AmeriCorps Rules of Conduct and Prohibited Activities (outlined in Member Service Agreement and Member Handbook)
- Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.
- Report any accidents, illness, or sickness to your host site supervisor immediately.
- Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position and service to the community.
- Enter accurate data into the program’s database to track progress and success of all activities with students, families and others you serve in the community. Data must be entered no later than the 10th of every month.
- Stay up-to-date with all AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides reporting requirements.
- Enter time and service reports into AmeriCorps OnCorps system, abiding by provided deadlines.
- Participate on a team of AmeriCorps College Guides or other AmeriCorps Members and volunteers in your assigned location in the planning, creation, implementation and evaluation of service projects within the host site community.
- Each AmeriCorps Ohio College Guide is responsible for recruiting a minimum of 4 volunteers to participate in service days or to assist with events at the school or for the college access program. Ideally, volunteers will be secured beyond a one-time commitment.
- Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement. College Guides should seek guidance and support from their host site supervisor in conducting outreach in their communities.
- Train and assist volunteers for service day activities and other projects in which you engage them.
- Be proactive in developing ways to better engage the students and families you serve, seeking guidance and input from your site supervisor.
- Provide college and career information to students and families and assist students in making post-secondary education plans.
- Help to facilitate information sessions and programs for students and parents
- Present classroom workshops to students
- Provide college and career information to students and families
- Assist students with college applications, including research and essay-writing
- Assist with planning and chaperoning college visits
- Assist students and families with the financial aid process
- Assist students with standardized test preparation, including registration and tutoring
- Assist students with scholarship applications, including research and tutoring
- Help students maintain/attain academic success through tutoring and mentoring
- Participate in AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides orientation in August 2020.
- Participate in regional trainings coordinated by the statewide Program Director.
- Participate in monthly statewide College Guide conference calls/webinars.
- Participate in trainings provided by host site.
- Participate in Justice Talking and reflection of service opportunities.
- Participate in AmeriCorps training and events as required and requested by ServeOhio.
- Participate in required community service activities.
- AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides are expected to serve between 38-40 hours a week. Host sites will confirm your expected start time each day, which is dependent on your assigned location.
- Participate in service project for required national service days including:
- 9/11 National Day of Service-Friday, September 11, 2020
- Make a Difference Day Ohio-Saturday, October 24, 2020
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service-Monday, January 18, 2021
- AmeriCorps Week-March 7-13, 2021 (tentative dates), and
- Global Youth Service Day-April 16-18, 2021 (tentative dates).
- College Guides will receive a calendar of activities that will help in planning.
- College Guides are expected to remain at “40 hours average needed per week or under to meet the service commitment” as indicated by the OnCorps timekeeping system.