Utah Scholars Coaches

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UTAH SCHOLARS COACHES

The Utah Scholars Initiative (USI) places individuals interested in helping high school students succeed into 10th grade classes in select Granite and Ogden School District schools. These volunteers will be academic coaches to their students, guiding and encouraging their success in school and beyond. The Utah Scholars Coaches curriculum teaches academic and non-cognitive skills and provide resources to facilitate college-readiness–academically, personally, and financially. Specifically, Coaches teach college readiness lessons to students who are not receiving help from other success initiatives. Students with Utah Scholars Coaches will learn about how college works, receive in-depth help in how to prepare for it, and personalized information on how to pay for it. Coaches work with students who may be eligible to apply for the Regents’ Scholarship in 12th grade, having completed a college-ready curriculum and maintained a GPA of 3.0.

WHAT WE TEACH

Utah Scholars Coaches will meet with students once or twice a week, and will meet with small groups of students, from 5-20 at a time. Most of the time, Coaches will work in pairs and will be “near peers,” college students who are close to the age of the high school students they are teaching. They will be able to provide first-hand, recent information regarding the college application and financial aid processes, and the contemporary college student experience. Each lesson lasts about 30 minutes, and Coaches will meet with students after school or during the school’s “flex” period, depending on the school site. The Utah Scholar Coach lessons include, but are not limited to:

  • Utah Scholars Curriculum
  • Paying for college
  • What is a major?
  • Creating a college schedule
  • Visiting a college campus
  • Study skills

The Utah Scholars Coaches lessons are based on best practices and current research regarding college readiness.

 

UTAH SCHOLAR COACH POSITION DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:

  • Coaches track the number of students who started the education program;
  • Coaches track the number of students who leave the education program;
  • Coaches track activity and/or assignment completion;
  • Coaches track participation and retention in classroom and/or activity;
  • Coaches track the attendance in the classroom and/or activity;
  • Coaches will assist more students to apply to colleges and the Regents’ Scholarship;
  • Coaches may also accrue hours spent coaching students in the summer months via email and other electronic means.

 

COACHES’ DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Execute lesson plans;
  • Participate in staff meetings;
  • Provide academic support;
  • Develop a mentor relationship with a strong academic component;
  • Provide support to after-school programs;
  • Mentor and help teach both academic and non-academic skills to help students get ready for college. Work from a set curriculum for students, based on national standards for college readiness that includes academic, personal, and financial lessons;
  • Provide resources to students on Utah’s colleges, college readiness, and academic and financial preparation;
  • Help increase the number of students who enroll, access, and succeed in college;
  • Work with students who are not engaged by other success initiatives who can still go to college and succeed there.

 

BENEFITS OF BECOMING A UTAH SCHOLARS COACH:

  • Educational award of $1,000 (dependent on grant funding) at the end of your service;
  • Grants a unique opportunity to influence students to attend college;
  • Expand your resume and experience;
  • Accrue direct service hours for some graduation degree requirements;

REQUIREMENTS TO BE A UTAH SCHOLARS COACH:

  • Coaches should have an interest in helping students prepare for college.
  • Coaches must commitment to one full school year (Fall and Spring).
  • Coaches must be enrolled at one of the schools* (listed below) full or part-time.
  • Coaches must be at least 18 years old (there is no upper age limit).
  • Coaches must NOT be on the Registered Sex Offenders National List.
  • Coaches must complete a background check.
  • Coaches may NOT proselyte for religious or political affiliations while accruing hours.
  • Coaches must work as a valuable team member.
  • Coaches must report on classroom activities and time accrued each month.
  • Abide by all Utah System of Higher Education and rules, policies, and procedures.

 

APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS:

  • Meet all the requirements to participate in Utah Scholars Coaches Program.
  • Submit a “Prospective Utah Scholars Coach” application (located below).
  • Interview with the campus coordinator (selections will be communicated via email).
  • Complete all requirements/forms to become a Utah Scholars Coach in a timely fashion.
  • Attend orientation & lesson training.
  • School placement (the campus coordinator will work with you to find the right school that works for your schedule and location).

 

PROSPECTIVE UTAH SCHOLARS COACH APPLICATION

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

  For more information contact Shannon Farber, sfarber@ushe.edu, or 801-321-7136.