The Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) is a private, non-profit foundation established in 2001 and based in the northern suburbs of Chicago. The SSP serves students in 11 high schools located throughout the northern suburbs and the city of Chicago. The SSP currently serves over 900 high school and college Scholars.
Mission: The Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) equips bright, motivated youth with the support they need to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars come from populations that are under-represented on college campuses: Scholars are first-generation college-bound, are students of color or come from low-income families and communities.
- To foster the growth of Schuler Scholars as lifelong learners.
- To provide information, guidance, and college preparatory experiences to help Schuler Scholars matriculate to the best fit college while maximizing financial aid options.
- To support Schuler Scholars as they persist in their academic studies, personal growth, and professional development.
- To cultivate an engaged network of Schuler alumni, mentors, and volunteers for lifelong connection and support.
The SSP curriculum focuses on factors recognized as critical to academic success, leadership and personal development. Fostering growth in these areas promotes success in high school, college, and beyond.
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 80,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, community, and the environment. Through AmeriCorps, the Schuler Scholar Program seeks recent college graduates to serve as AmeriCorps Scholar Coaches.
Science, Technology. Engineering and Math Scholar Coaches (STEM SCs) serve a two year commitment and are based at a partnership high school with the possibility of occasionally traveling to one or two other partnership schools. STEM SCs report to the SSP School Director and the STEM Program Manager. STEM SCs monitor and provide assistance to scholars in math and science and serve as role models. Coaches work directly with Scholars in one-on-one and in group settings. STEM SCs facilitate the STEM after school programs, including Scholar Training and Enrichment Programs (STEPs) and sessions dedicated to improving scholars’ problem solving skills and ability to think mathematically. Additional STEM SC responsibilities may include but are not limited to: manage online STEM enrichment programs, tutor Scholars in their math and science courses, lead college-style seminars with junior and senior Scholars, design and implement new programs, plan and chaperone exposures (trips to the laboratories, universities, museums), chaperone college visits, assist scholars with the college and summer college program application process, participate in the Scholar selection process, plan and facilitate SSP’s summer programs, and manage the student information database.
STEM SCs receive program specific training throughout the school year. The SSP ensures that STEM SCs feel prepared, confident and supported while working with students and facilitating programs. The Schuler program staff provides ongoing support to STEM SCs as needed. STEM SCs can also take advantage of various professional development opportunities.
- Interest in math or science education, education reform, youth development or a related field
- Ability to assist students in high school math
- Physics, chemistry, or biology background a plus
- Intellectual flexibility- STEM and non-STEM interests
- Strong passion to work with under-resourced youth and families
- Possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills
- Display strong academic achievement, as evidenced by a college transcript
- Be organized, detail oriented, flexible and able to concurrently manage multiple projects
- Effectively work independently as well as in teams
- US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of the US
- Valid driver’s license
- Pass all state and federal criminal background checks
- Conferred bachelor’s degree
- Cell phone with texting capabilities (will be used as work contact)
- Transportation (owning a car is preferred and highly recommended)
Annual Living Stipend
- 1st year of service: $12,530
- 2nd year of service: $14,930
- $5730/year (upon successful completion of service; can be applied to school loans or graduate school tuition)
- E-mail resume and transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Qualified applicants will be contacted to participate in up to three interviews
o Phone screen
o Skype interview
o In person Interview- accommodations and transportation paid for by the Schuler Scholar Program