YPIE Essay Coach Job Description

Updated: Mar 6

YPIE Mission

Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) partners with students to ensure they are ready for, enroll in, and complete college. We confront the challenges of a low-income, urban school district by providing families with equitable access to the critical tools and services necessary for college success.

Position Overview

Our YPIE students have tremendous stories to share! Starting in the summer between junior and senior year and continuing through December, YPIE Essay Coaches provide support to our Scholars and Fellows as they write their college essays, a critical part of the college application process. Essay Coaches work closely with and under the guidance of the YPIE College Advisors assigned to each Yonkers public high school. Training and support is provided to Essay Coaches throughout the essay writing process, with regular benchmark checkpoints to ensure that the process is staying on track.

Essay Coaches will meet with their Scholars virtually (video/phone calls) for the foreseeable future. Occasional in-person meetings are permitted outside of school/YPIE provided appropriate Covid protocols are followed and necessary permission is obtained. We look forward to restarting in-person meetings in the school buildings in the future, although Essay Coaches may choose to work exclusively remotely.

Essay Coach Responsibilities

  • Assist students in brainstorming topics, drafting, and revising college essay

  • Ensure students’ voices are expressed and honored throughout the writing process

  • Follow directions provided by YPIE staff regarding the essay writing process

  • Meet consistently with students and notify YPIE staff if meetings become inconsistent

  • Regularly update benchmark tracking document to ensure process remains on track


  • Sense of humor, positive mindset, and persistent attitude

  • Reflective listening and respectful communication skills

  • Desire to invest in the life of a young person

  • Strong writing/editing skills

  • Ability to attend scheduled YPIE trainings

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