MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS SUMMER AND SHARE YOUR SOUL!
Teachers co-lead their own SAT classrooms, teaching Critical Reading, Writing and Math according to set Yleana strategies. They receive extensive administrative, curricular, and staff assistance. We provide teachers strategies they are expected to teach according to daily lessons, a bevy of curricular materials, and overall institutional support (our Executive Director is an SAT expert/teacher and oversees the overall program).
Our class sizes are small - between 9-14 students (and under!), with two teacher/counselors in each room: We emphasize small group instruction, and often divide students into different teams and groups for different assignments, as well as emphasizing team-teaching. Classes are divided by ability.
Individual students will be tracked based on strengths and weaknesses and pulled out as necessary for one-on-one, as supervised by the Camp Director.
You will be expected to help maintain score/testing information and make class recommendations for students as they move through the program.
Your job will also include a bevy of smaller, more specific tasks that will emerge as your particular palette of strengths and experience comes into focus. Yleana at its best is made up of people who are constantly generating new and better ways to do things, drawing on what they’ve seen, read, and experienced, who replace “I can’t do that” with “Let’s make it happen!”.
Priority will be given to those applicants who can do the follow-up program:
The follow-up program allows our kids to keep in the groove of Yleana strategies leading up to the August 26, 2017 test.
Run like a day of camp, it takes place in each of the cities on a college campus in that city (Boston, Baltimore, NYC, Philadelphia, Lynn/Salem/Peabody).
You would be asked to be in whichever city is closest to you - either school or home (or both, if that's what works for us and for you!)
You would be separately compensated; pay is $28.50/hr.
Scheduled Dates (tentatively - times may be shortened, dates may be cancelled): 9am-5pm on Aug 17, 19, 22, and 24, 2017.
There are also Directorships available - these are heavily weighted in favor of previous camp experience, previous SAT experience, and returning staff member status. Directorships will be offered at the discretion of the Yleana Hiring Committee.
The Yleana Leadership Academy is a residential summer academy which serves rising high school seniors in urban areas (Baltimore, Boston, North Shore of MA, NYC, and Philadelphia) and seeks to close the achievement gap through a three-week transformative intervention summer SAT experience.
We are part summer camp (on Colgate University's campus in upstate NY), part intense SAT training using the Socratic method and grounded in asking the questions that help to cultivate higher order thinking skills, and part leadership academy:
We explore issues like race, class, power, income inequality, prisons, etc through our Issues curriculum, an open-forum discussion setting where we question these issues through readings by people like James Baldwin, Junot Diaz, bell hooks, Michelle Alexander, WEB DuBois, and Sherman Alexie.
We also help our students acquire and hone the soft skills they will need in the college process/during college, as well as develop higher order/critical thinking skills through our Entrepreneurship class, which culminates in a one-day startup fair with real live entrepreneurs from London, Istanbul, Philadelphia, NYC, and more! advising the students all day until their crowning faceoff - a Shark Tank competition.
Students (all of whom are low-SES, almost all of whom are of color, most of whom are first-generation) attend on full scholarship and, besides studying for the SAT, being part of Issues and taking Entrepreneurship classes, enjoy a traditional summer camp experience (complete with Friday night campfires and making S’mores!) while becoming a part of a welcoming and introspective camp community.
One of the greatest compliments we have received came from a student who had been in foster care and had had significant trouble at home who told us that Yleana was the first place she felt safe, like people really cared about her. We strive to create and promote that atmosphere - a loving, caring, safe place for kids who haven't always had it easy.
In 2015, our average score improvement in a 3-week period was 250 points on the SAT (we are still waiting for the October 2016 scores to come back before we can compute our 2016 successes on the redesigned SAT!).
Besides just raising our kids' SAT scores, we also ensure that they have the one-on-one financial aid follow-up that they need in order to apply those SAT scores to the schools that would meet both their financial and academic needs.
The program will run from June 17 - August 14, 2017 (dates are tentative, but are more likely to be shortened than lengthened), including two weeks of staff training.
Staff members must be available for the full employment period to be considered (it is acceptable, when cleared in advance with the Executive Director, to take one to two consecutive days taken off for weddings and/or specific events).
Materials will be sent prior to staff week; it is expected that those materials will be read, reviewed and internalized before staff week begins (according to whatever dates are concomitant with those materials when they are sent).
All staff at Yleana live in college dormitories with their students and the camp director, teach as outlined in the specific job description, help out with games and camp events, and serve as teachers/mentors/counselors.