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YPIE Graduation 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

YPIE Graduation Coaches develop meaningful relationships with Scholars, serve as conduits to broaden their horizons, provide connections to resources to help them reach their potential, and support them through high school graduation. Graduation Coaches meet with their Scholars two times per month and are provided a curriculum to guide those meetings.


Graduation Coaches match with YPIE Scholars in 10th grade and will establish a strong foundation for their relationship throughout high school. In 11th grade, a focus on college and career exploration leads to the start of the college application process. In 12th grade, under the supervision of YPIE college advising staff, Graduation Coaches guide scholars through college applications and celebrate their accomplishments upon graduation.


Meetings between Graduation Coaches and Scholars will occur mostly virtually (video/phone calls) for the foreseeable future. For Coaches who choose, we look forward to restarting in-person meetings in the future, both during Scholars’ lunch periods in their school buildings and outside of school.


Graduation Coach Responsibilities

10th Grade Year

  • Establish a strong relationship based on trust, clear communication, and having fun

  • Practice using active listening skills and providing supportive, honest feedback

  • Provide exposure to new opportunities and experiences outside of school


11th Grade Year

  • Nurture strengths and talents while cultivating post-secondary aspirations

  • Serve as a cheerleader and guide for college exploration

  • Provide exposure to new opportunities and experiences outside of school


12th Grade Year

  • Empower realistic goal-setting and thoughtful decision making

  • Help navigate college application process and celebrate acceptances/graduation

  • Provide exposure to new opportunities and experiences outside of school


Requirements

  • Sense of humor, positive mindset, and persistent attitude

  • Reflective listening and respectful communication skills

  • Desire to invest in the life of a young person

  • Commitment to a 3-year relationship

  • Ability to attend regularly scheduled YPIE trainings and professional development opportunities


Learn more: ypie.org/volunteer

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