Start/End Date: August 2020 – June 2021
Hours: Monday – Friday (during traditional school hours)
Stipend: $20,000/21,000 + $6,200 Segal Education Award
Who We Are
Saga Education is an official AmeriCorps program under the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). Saga Education supports historically under-served young people by providing personalized and consistent math tutorials led by professionally trained AmeriCorps members who supplement teacher instruction and encourage students’ confidence and academic strengths. Our organization currently partners with public school districts in Chicago, New York City, and Washington DC. For more information about Saga Education’s mission, model, and locations, please visit us at www.sagaeducation.org.
The Work and Why It Matters
For every ten low-income students who enter high school, seven will graduate on time, four will enter college, and only one will earn a college degree by the age of 24 (The Promise of College Completion, 2011). Finding interventions that improve the academic outcomes of low-income students is one of our nation’s most urgent challenges.
Who Should Apply
Saga Education recruits highly talented recent college graduates, career changers, and retirees dedicated to confronting educational inequity and passionate about public service. We seek candidates from a diverse set of academic, social, and cultural backgrounds. Nearly half of our AmeriCorps members identify as people of color. Those who are looking for a meaningful gap-year opportunity or a pathway into education are encouraged to apply.
AmeriCorps members commit to ten months of service (August 2019 - June 2020). They strive to promote the academic success of their small cohort of students by focusing intently on individualized instruction and building strong relationships.
AmeriCorps members provide daily math tutoring to a small caseload of high school students (12 to 24) assigned to them at the beginning of the service year. Saga’s model is embedded into the regular school day, and AmeriCorps members serve 2 4 students per class period AmeriCorps members contact families regularly about student progress. This communication forges trust, fosters relationships, and keeps guardians informed about the successes and needs of their child. Every school is led by a Site Director who is responsible for observing, training, and supporting AmeriCorps members throughout their entire year of service. AmeriCorps members will be observed weekly and must be hungry for feedback
AmeriCorps members are expected to complete 1,200 service hours during their service.