UW Dream Project

April 11, 2014

AmeriCorps Member Description

Are you a graduating senior and interested in being  more involved in the Dream Project after graduation? Check out the description below about becoming a Dream Project AmeriCorps member!

Dream Project AmeriCorps Description:

  • The Dream Project Educational Equity AmeriCorps member will serve at the University of Washington in the Dream Project Center. The primary function will be to assist in the implementation of the high-school-to-college mentoring service-learning program, to address issues related to postsecondary opportunity and enrollment gaps and to develop innovative strategies to increase mentor participation rates. The Dream Project AmeriCorps member will receive both on-site trainings and participate in Washington Service Corps trainings. The Dream Project Educational Equity AmeriCorps member will serve collaboratively with other Educational Equity Americorps members on campus to ensure both students and partners can easily navigate between the units on campus involved in educational equity work.

Member Duties, Responsibilities, and Performance Measures:

  • Assist Dream Project staff in recruiting, training and supporting UW student volunteers to mentor in 17 high schools across the seven school districts in South Seattle and South King County
  • Support volunteers who take on leadership positions in the Dream Project, especially as they navigate relationships and partnerships with high schools and school districts
  • Attend and support weekly training meetings for all volunteer mentors and volunteer leaders and liaisons to the high schools
  • Support the design of curriculum and the implementation of weekly seminars that delve deep into issues of underserved populations in the high-school-to-college transition
  • Mentor in a partner high school for 5 hours per week
  • Attend and support meetings with high school and district administrators, teachers and counselors as well as with University staff members, as relevant to program implementation
  • Assist and support yearly events that bring high school students to the UW to experience and tour the campus, to start and complete three or more college applications, and search for scholarships and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Qualifications required for this position:

  • AA or BA/BS degree preferred
  • Interest and ability to work well with high school students and college students of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong organization
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Basic office computer skills, including word processing
  • Experience with spreadsheets/databases and desktop publishing preferred
  • Strong initiative
  • Self starter
  • Ability to creatively problem solve

To apply, fill out the online catalyst application at:  https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/purschk/232895. Any questions can be submitted to Jeremy Webb (webbj3@uw.edu) or Michael Zhang (mxzhang@uw.edu).