Want to get involved with schools and education? Interested in working with youth? Want to assist youth creating change? JOIN US AS A PUBLIC ACHIEVEMENT COACH!
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. **To receive an hourly wage, you must qualify for a Federal Work-study Award. Some volunteer positions are also available.
What is Public Achievement?
Public Achievement Coaches will work with the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning’s (CCESL) Program Coordinator to assist in the planning and implementation of our Public Achievement (PA) Program, a school-based civic engagement program. In PA, DU students serve as coaches and work closely with a group of high school or middle school students from one of CCESL’s partner schools to identify social justice issues that students care about within their school and community. Coaches work together in groups of 2-4 and meet with their school groups for approximately one hour every week during the academic year. Coaches guide high school students through the community organizing process over the course of the academic year incorporating civic skills, such as public speaking, relationship building, issue identification, and taking public action. Together, teams conduct community-engaged research and carry out a public work (service learning) project to address the issue they identified. In the past, students have addressed issues such as school bullying, police harassment/racial profiling, healthy school lunches, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and much more.
What Do Coaches Do?
As a PA coach, you will be paired with at least one other DU student. You will work with at least one group of high school or middle school students. You will meet with your co-coaches and team lead (either a graduate student or upper-class PA coach) each week to plan your lesson and activities. Training in the Public Achievement process, community organizing and other related topics is provided.
Duties of Public Achievement Coaches will include:
- Developing goal driven lesson plans each week and selecting learning materials and project supplies to facilitate the Public Achievement process with middle or high school students.
- Plan & attend Special Events that typically take place during regular class sessions.
- Supporting K-12 students in developing academic skills, public skills and civic capacity.
- Communicating with co-coaches, team leads, and teachers often to track success of students.
- Develop skills to engage successfully with youth, build anti-oppressive practice analysis and other skills related to the program.
- Representing the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning on and off campus at events, within the office, etc.
- Related work as required or assigned by Public Achievement Program Assistants, Team Leads and/or the Program Coordinator.
What is the work schedule?
Coaches spend approximately 7-10 hours/week with the Public Achievement program (break down below). While there is a lot of flexibility in when you may work your hours, there are some specific days/times to be aware of – all of this is outlined below. Additionally, there are monthly trainings and occasional weekend events. All of the activities listed below are mandatory for coaches.
- All current PA classroom sessions occur during the high school or middle school day, while this is subject to change, Coaches should, as best they are able, plan to set aside the same time for their class for the full academic year so they are available for these sessions. Coaches are typically working with their K-12 students during one class period, plus pre-planning and debriefing, yielding approximately 3-4 hours of work on class days. Coaches should also plan to spend some evening and weekend time as needed to assist their students with their social justice projects.
- Lesson plan sessions are dictated by coach and team lead schedules but evenings sometimes end up being the best available times. Typically coach groups meet once/week to prepare for the classroom sessions. These meetings typically last 1-2 hours.
- In addition to lesson plan meetings, coaches will spend time preparing for their lessons on their own, gathering materials, supplies and information and developing activities. This time typically takes 1-2 hours/week.
- This position will include some required reading and writing in addition to self-reflection (all hours spent doing these activities will count toward work time). This time typically takes 30 minutes to 1 hour/week.
- The entire Public Achievement program (all Coaches, Team Leads, and the Program Coordinator) will meet once each week for a staff meeting, check-in, and trainings. These meetings typically last 2 hours/week.
- Monthly trainings will be held to further develop the skills of coaches. These typically take place in the evenings for 2 hours.
- Occasional weekends are required when special events or trainings are planned. These typically include:
- CCESL’s Community Organizing Training (1 day, typically a Friday before PA begins in October)
- A Public Achievement Retreat (2 days in September)
- Attendance at the MLK Marade with your PA students (on MLK Day each year in January)
- A Statewide Conference of PA Coaches, bringing together folks from several universities and colleges who also have PA programs (typically in late winter, early spring, 1 day
What are the desired qualifications?
- Experience in or willingness to develop the skills to work in teams and work with different personalities
- Comfort in facilitating groups and being in a leadership role
- Good organizational skills
- Experience in or willingness to develop the skills to work with youth
- An interest in community organizing and civic engagement
- Commitment to social justice issues and translating values into action
- Commitment to personal development and growth and a willingness to be challenged by diverse learning environments
- Understanding of and/or willingness to deepen analysis and action grounded in anti-oppressive practice, i.e., dynamics related to power, privilege, oppression and identity
- Returning Coaches applying to be Coach Mentors must also have a demonstrated track record with the PA Program that includes: attention to detail, a high level of commitment and attendance at mandatory events, being responsive to Team Leads and the Program Coordinator, leadership development, and an excellent attitude toward working with others
What Does the Job Pay?
New Coaches: $15.75/hour (returning coaches may be eligible for a modest raise). **To receive an hourly wage, you must qualify for a Federal Work-study Award, which requires eligibility through the Financial Aid Office. Some volunteer positions are also available.
In compliance with Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA), non-benefited employees accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.
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