Roosevelt High School Writing Center
College access program name: Roosevelt High School Writing and Publishing Center
Number of positions: 1
Program location: Roosevelt High School, Portland, OR
Description of the program: As an AmeriCorps member you will help our Roosevelt High School students thrive by working directly with students, teachers, artists and college and community volunteers to create a culturally responsive center that enables our students to graduate with the skills they need for college or careers. According to Dr. David Conley, who conducts research on issues related to college readiness, "The ability to write well is the single academic skill most closely associated with college success.”
In this position you will have a unique opportunity to build substantial relationships with both students and college volunteers, to gain a sense of efficacy as you work with staff and students so the Center is welcoming and supportive, to use your creativity to help make the center engaging, and to experience the joy and satisfaction of helping specific students as they gain confidence and competence. You will focus specifically on increasing college access and mentoring seniors as they apply for college and scholarships and complete their graduation requirements. A perfect position for someone who loves writing, enjoys working with teens, and who is interested in a career related to social work, youth development, counseling, writing and publishing, or teaching.
Roosevelt High School is the most diverse school in Oregon. With a student population that is 21% Black, 26% White, 37% Hispanic, and 16% Asian, Native American, and Pacific Islander, Roosevelt constitutes a multicultural pocket within a mostly white metropolitan area. Students at Roosevelt regularly face numerous issues of inequality, especially in terms of race and class.
Role of AmeriCorps member: The Writing Center Coordinator AmeriCorps member will engage a diverse team of college students and community members as writing consultants. Throughout the calendar school year, the Coordinator will recruit and train writing consultants to tutor/mentor high school students. Both the Coordinator and the writing consultants will help students to graduate so that they can increase their options of alleviating the numerous societal obstacles they face, or their families have faced, for generations.
The Coordinator will receive support from an on-site supervisor at Roosevelt High School. Additionally, the Coordinator receive on-going training and support from CAC Leaders in volunteer management, youth development, youth service, service-learning, and more.
To be honest, I consider the Writing Center to be a major factor in all the success I receive when it comes to writing."
It’s peaceful in the Writing Center; I feel content, I feel like I can get my work done. One day a tutor stayed late to work with me on the Act Six Scholarship. I felt great, I felt like he stayed to help me because he cared.”