The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides is a partnership between the Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism (ServeOhio) and like-minded college access organizations across the state including: Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, College Now Greater Cleveland, Connect to Success at Washington State Community College, Esperanza Inc., Greene County College Success Partnership, I Know I Can, Mahoning Valley College Access Program, Ninde Scholars Program, Scholarship Central and Stark Education Partnership.
The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides program maintains that all students and families deserve equal access to educational opportunities. The goal of the College Guides is to ensure that all Ohioans, especially those that are typically underserved – first generation college-going, low-income, and minority – get the information and knowledge they need and deserve to prepare, access and complete a postsecondary credential. The College Guides will deliver programs and counseling on college and career exploration and financial education to 6th through 12th graders; provide support to 11th and 12th graders on strategic and tactile postsecondary access and financial planning; and facilitate successful postsecondary transitions, persistence and ongoing financial education with high school graduates.
The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides places recent college graduates into schools and community centers to provide a pipeline of new and current information about preparing for, accessing and persisting in a postsecondary education program, ultimately striving to be a caring adult committed to motivating students and families to think seriously about the plans and goals that will lead them into an opportunity-rich future. The College Guides is a corps of driven and highly-qualified professionals getting a start in education, whom students can relate with, confide in, and eventually emulate as they are guided in planning for their future and taking constructive steps toward successful completion of their goals.
The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides will engage a total of 75 AmeriCorps Members statewide to serve in a full-time capacity (1,700 hours in 11 months) from August 1, 2019 to June 26, 2020.
Your AmeriCorps Ohio College Guide assignment is with Scholarship Central in Zanesville, Ohio. Your host site supervisor is Katie McCarty. Your title will be AmeriCorps Ohio College Guide and you will be serving students throughout Muskingum and surrounding counties in the area school districts and the Scholarship Central Resource Center.
- Assist students in making a post-secondary education plan
- Provide college and career information to students and families
- Help to facilitate information sessions and programs for students and parents
- Present classroom workshops to students
- Assist students with their college applications
- Plan and chaperone college visits
- Assist students and families with the financial aid process
- Identify students who may be eligible for scholarships
- Maintain current college applications and/or website information for applications
- Conduct official ACT practice tests and workshops for juniors and seniors; make sure students know of upcoming opportunities to attend practice sessions in the county; (i.e. help with PSAT, PreACT, and Aspire test)
- Maintain flexible schedule to accommodate student and parent meetings
- Assist students with scholarship searches and applications
- Help with school financial aid night, FAFSA questions and college option nights
- Provide self-directed interest inventories to guide student’s career and post-secondary goals
- Serve closely with the high school counselors, school administrators, Scholarship Central Access Program and Ohio College Access Network to provide timely and important information
- Provide timelines and “roadmaps” for seniors to follow so that they are ready to choose their college, gain acceptance to the college of their choice, submit their FAFSA in a timely manner and know that they are fulfilling all the requirements for graduation and matriculation at the college of their choice
- Serve students to facilitate any post-secondary education options or dual-credit options (and resulting paperwork) that they may desire to take as juniors or seniors
- Maintain regular office hours/days at the Scholarship Central Resource Center as well as your assigned schools
- Serve assigned middle schools to offer early awareness activities and counseling
- Assist Scholarship Central staff with scholarship administration
- Assist with the Community Youth Foundation programming