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GEAR UP Peer Mentor

Company: Wonderful College Prep Academy
Location: Delano
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

Who we are:

Wonderful College Prep Academy is a charter network in California's Central Valley committed to providing a world-class education for all students. The Academy's mission is to graduate students prepared to earn a college degree and to put them on a promising career path for life. We believe this begins with a nurturing, engaging, community-centered school environment where students develop a strong and well-rounded academic foundation. Ultimately, this will prepare generations of leaders in the Central Valley who are critical thinkers and life-long learners.

The Academy's first school opened in Delano in 2009, serving students from across the Central Valley in grades 6-12. In 2016, we moved to our new, state-of-the-art college prep campus in Delano, and in the Fall of 2017, added an elementary school in Delano and opened a second charter school in Lost Hills. In Delano, we serve over 1,800 students in grades TK-12, while in Lost Hills, we serve almost 400 students in grades TK-10 and will grow to serve students through 12th grade over the next four years.

Our students have access to technology in all-grades, from hands-on-STEM learning for younger students in a fully equipped "maker's space" to school-provided laptops for older students. The Academy aims to provide every opportunity for our students that often is not found in public or charter schools, including the ability to graduate from high school with a free Associate Degree. Through a unique partnership with Bakersfield College, our students enroll in college classes starting in 9th grade and complete all their A-G requirements, in addition to their AS Degree requirements over the course of four years. In addition, all graduates are eligible to earn a four-year renewable college scholarship through the generous support of Lynda and Stewart Resnick.

We seek thoughtful, inclusive, skilled communicators, and creative problem-solvers who value continuous learning and who are excited to serve our students and families. Now is the time to join a team making enduring change within the Central Valley of California and beyond.

Click here to learn more about the Wonderful Company's other great philanthropic partnerships.

Job Description

A day in the life at Wonderful:

The Gear Up Program is seeking to hire multiple high school students for the position as the Peer Mentor. We are looking for a student who has strong written and verbal communication skills and problem-solving skills to assist, mentor and guide students, as well as provide information to inquiries in person, via email messages and by telephone in grades 6th and 7th. The department is interested in hiring those who are willing to learn, have fun, build their office admin skill sets, and maintain a positive and encouraging attitude that represents both the school districts and the GEAR UP Program. Training will be provided. Assignments will be approximately up to 10 hours per week in the after-school programs, during lunch periods, and/or during class times (mornings and/or afternoons). Workdays will be in alignment with Wonderful College Prep Academy District's calendar, with occasional hours on Saturday. This position will report to the GEAR UP Coordinator - Delano/Lost Hills.

Evaluation Procedures: Weekly or Bi-Weekly 1:1 check-ins with supervisor to work together, prepare for upcoming activities; discuss any pertinent personal or programmatic needs, issues; provide ongoing feedback and ongoing support.

Duties will include but not limited to:

Assist the GEAR UP Coordinators with student communication, outreach and reminders of upcoming activities Gear Up students needed to complete and/or prepare for
Assist in creating content and educational/marketing materials surrounding college processes, upcoming events and academic resources available to students, and how to access them
In peak-registration times, serve as an advisor; assisting students with navigating online academic resources, such as Canvas, Schedule of Classes, Academic Catalog, and connecting them to the appropriate Success Coach or Advisor as needed
Answer incoming phone calls, transfer calls as needed, and record messages for staff as needed
Abide by FERPA and maintain confidentiality when pertaining to scheduling student appointments, handling GEAR UP student records/data
Represent GEAR UP in events on and off campus as needed; i.e. recruitment events and college fairs
Execute presentations alongside GEAR UP Staff for recruitment opportunities and events that target student population fitting Gear Up Grant or when located at identified 'Gear Up' Middle Schools
Have open communication with supervisor/coordinator regarding work availability; arrive to scheduled work hours in a timely manner

ABOUT THE GEAR UP GRANT: GEAR UP is a federally funded Title III Grant. Wonderful College Prep Academy, in partnership with Avenal and Sanger Unified School Districts, will work with 6th and 7th grade students from four middle schools to prepare them for college. The Federal Department of Education website for GEAR UP is

This discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides seven-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school and their first year of college.


Currently a high school student.
An eager, flexible learner and problem solver who feels comfortable taking initiative.
A self-starter with exceptional work ethic and the ability to work well away from colleagues and management.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
An ability to quickly establish rapport and communicate well with scholars.
Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

Additional Information

Wonderful's dedication to you:

Free access to the Wonderful Wellness Clinic
Free access to the Wonderful Fitness Center
Company paid health/vision/dental for self
Voluntary 403b with company match
Most positions are bonus eligible

Quality of Life in the Central Valley:

Framed by the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges to the west, California's Central Valley is one of the world's most productive agricultural regions and the base of The Wonderful Company's agricultural operations. This vast area enjoys a moderate climate and offers residents a high quality of life, low cost of living, and a host of diverse cultural and recreational activities. From wine tasting and hiking to rafting, fishing, skiing, and surfing -- all within a two-hour drive -- the family-friendly Central Valley has much to offer.

Wonderful College Prep Academy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Keywords: Wonderful College Prep Academy, Delano , GEAR UP Peer Mentor, Other , Delano, California

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