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Coach Young Adults to College and Career Success


Coach Young Adults to College and Career Success

Breakthrough New York transforms the lives of talented students from low-income backgrounds by providing educational support from middle school through college and into careers. They also inspire talented young people to enter careers in education through our students-teaching-students model. Their goal is to create leaders who break the cycle of poverty in their families and effect positive change in their communities.

WHAT: BTNY’s College and Career Success Program (CCSP) works with students to navigate complex systems and barriers to successful college graduation and meaningful employment. As a BTNY College & Career Success Coach, you will be at the front lines of providing this guidance through monthly Coach Talks and ongoing relationship building. The vision is to empower student leaders who excel academically and chart their careers successfully.

Responsibilities include:
- Conducting monthly Coach Talks by phone/video chat or in person to support 1-2 college students in the 4 main areas of BTNY college support: Academics, Career, Financials, and Wellness
- Reviewing monthly curriculum & priorities before each Coach Talk
- Sharing the information and data gathered from Coach Talks to the BTNY college team via an online portal on a monthly basis
- Providing persistent outreach to students who may not be immediately responsive, and/or reaching out to BTNY staff for support
- Attending mandatory orientation and bi-monthly trainings/events
- Attending a 15 minute evaluation check-in once a year
- Providing ongoing feedback on student(s) and the program
- Reporting any critical student challenges to BTNY staff immediately

Volunteers will need to:
- Be passionate about student mentorship and supporting diverse college students
- Be comfortable with persistent outreach to students
- Have a Bachelor’s degree
- Respond to emails, phone calls, and/or texts from students and staff within 48 hours
- Be comfortable using or learning virtual platforms (ie. email, Zoom, Slack, Salesforce)
- Have access to Google Drive Suite
- Commit to at least 1 full year of support, with a preference of 2 or more years
- Near-peer preferred but not required
- NYC-based preferred but not required

WHEN: Volunteers will be asked to commit to the following times:
- 30-60 minutes of student interaction per month (July 2021 - June 2022)
- 30 minutes of curriculum review and data reporting per month (July 2021 - June 2022)
- 1 mandatory 15-minute evaluation meeting (January - March 2022)
- 6 mandatory meetings per year (2 date options and virtual/call-in options available)
- June 2021: Orientation (3 hours)
- August, October 2021: 2 Trainings (1.5 hours each)
- December 2021: Winter Social (1.5 hours)
- February, April 2022: 2 Trainings (1.5 hours each)

TO APPLY: Interested volunteers should visit to apply by April 30th, 2021. Eligible applicants will be invited to virtual group interviews with the BTNY team. For questions, contact

*This is not a New York Cares project*


Breakthrough New York transforms the lives of motivated, low-income students by preparing them for college so that they can succeed in the world.

We are a six-year college access program committed to getting high-potential, low-income students to four-year colleges. We provide after-school tutoring and summer enrichment programs to some of the best and the brightest middle school students from New York public schools, providing them on an ongoing basis with the academic preparation, guidance and mentoring they need to be able to attend selective four-year colleges.

What makes us unique is our students teaching students model. Every year, we hire high-achieving high school and college students to teach in our middle school summer and school year programs. We believe that providing positive peer role models for our middle school students is an important component in our success. We also train and encourage our teacher interns to enter careers in education thereby creating the next generation of teachers into America's classrooms.