Become a Coach and help guide a student on the path towards a college education and community leadership!
Our mission is to guide high school seniors with positive and dedicated role models who will assist them through the daunting college and scholarship application process. Coaches are asked to work with high school seniors to proof-read personal statements and application essays, research scholarships, prepare for selection interviews, and finalize all items pertaining to the college onboarding process. We understand that volunteering is a big commitment and we value the time and dedication of each of our coaches. As a coach, you will be fully supported by the Senior Boot Camp Coordinator & Volunteer Coordinator to ensure your success in working with your students!
Coach Guidelines and Objectives
Be able to make 10 month commitment to the program.
Must be able to attend the workshop schedule from 10:30am to 2:00pm, one Saturday a month.
(NOTE: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the first few sessions will be conducted virtually. The schedule will be shared with you once you are approved as a coach.)
If absent for more than three workshops, we will have to remove you from our coaching program.
Must be able to attend an initial Be A Leader coaching training in early August.
Pass background check (fingerprint clearance if necessary).
Be able to have transportation
Attend monthly workshops to the SBC program.
Attend BALF sponsored Coach/Student activities or events.
Provide feedback to the BALF College Going Counselor regarding relationship with students.
Most importantly we ask our Coaches to be an active participant, be open to challenges, be a team player, and always be a leader!
Goals/Objectives of a SBC Coach:
Help a student recognize his/her educational potential in order to promote personal and academic success.
Be engaged in the activity and provide an opportunity for the mentee to be an active participant.
Set realistic expectations and goals for your mentee and make achievement fun.
Be an active listener.
Emphasize friendship over performance.
One-on-one time is essential
Share personal stories and knowledge about college academic experiences with students
Remember birthdays and special events
Be aware of how your mentee is performing in school
Provide any other references to reading materials that are essential to the workshop
Be respectful of your fellow SBC coaches and students
This is not an authority role, so no assertive tone or actions
Be careful about personal information or issues that should not be shared
Respect the uniqueness and honor the integrity of your mentee and influence him/her through constructive feedback