PROGRAMS | Near Peer Coaching

Near Peer Coaching

Beginning August 2020, Earn to Learn FL, in partnership with Volunteer Florida, recruits, trains and deploys AmeriCorps members to provide near peer success coaching to economically disadvantaged students in the areas of postsecondary access, personal finance training, and career planning. Near peer coaching for postsecondary success supports student preparation for postsecondary pursuit of a non-degree award (career & technical education), associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or advanced degree. The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, up to $6,195 per year, is granted to AmeriCorps members who complete their terms of service to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified students loans.

Program Process

1 | Apply on MyAmerica.gov

We accept applications from June 1 through August 31 each year. Visit myamerica.gov for full details. Follow these directions to register and create an account for the first time. This is not a mobile-friendly website. It is recommended that you use Internet Explorer 7 or higher.

2 | Application Review

A panel will review all applications and invite selected candidates to an in-person interview.

3 | Interview

A panel will facilitate a conversation about the candidate’s interest in the service opportunity.

4 | Candidate Review

A panel will conduct an in-depth review to determine which candidates possess appropriate qualifications and the highest potential for success.

5 | Enrollment

Because the AmeriCorps program is funded by the federal government, there are specific steps that need to be completed to be considered a fully enrolled AmeriCorps Member with Earn to Learn FL. You will receive instructions via email to complete background checks and ensure that your MyAmeriCorps.Gov applications was properly accepted by our program.

6 | Pre-Service Orientation & Training

Selected candidates must participate in mandatory pre-service orientation and training prior to commencing their term of service.

7 | Pledge Ceremony

Upon completion of the mandatory pre-service orientation and prior to deployment, AmeriCorps members must take the AmeriCorps Pledge of Service https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/current-members/americorps-pledge.

8 | Deployment

AmeriCorps members are deployed to the assigned site(s) to carry out their term of service. Each member will also be assigned a Site Supervisor. The Site Supervisor will be responsible for orienting each of their assigned AmeriCorps members to the specific requirements of the Service Site. This may entail additional training as well as policies and procedures. The AmeriCorps member will then begin serving in full capacity at their site

“When I heard about the Near Peer Coaching for Postsecondary Success program, I thought it was too good to be true. Imagine a job that allows me to mentor students through the same college readiness process that I went through, only this time I get to be an example for them. It seemed like the perfect position to apply what I have learned through my own experience.” – Tatiana Nesblett

Program Timeline

Pre-Applications Open: Summer

Applicant Interviews: Ongoing Until Full

Program Year Start Date: August 1

Mandatory Orientation Training: August

Program Year End Date: Following July 31

Applications are accepted and processed each summer.

Eligibility / Qualifications

  • Applicants must be a United States citizen, a national or a legal permanent resident and at least 18 years of age. Documentation of proof of age and citizenship will be required during the selection process.
  • Current college student with no less than 30 college credits OR recent associate’s or bachelor’s degree earned in previous 5 years in any subject area from an accredited college or university.
  • Ability to effectively partner with students, faculty and staff, including those from diverse backgrounds
  • Previous experience demonstrating strong leadership abilities, influencing others in a positive manner while achieving goals and effectively communicating ideas and generating support for ideas
  • Ability to serve independently and analytically, exercise discretion and good judgment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects; strong planning and organizational skills
  • Willingness to handle complex and detail-oriented tasks and projects
  • High energy, creativity, ability to assume responsibility
  • Take initiative and develop new programs within the high school setting
  • Successfully pass Federal and State background screenings
  • Provide documentation of eligibility for service (e.g. birth certificate, passport, transcripts)
  • Dependable transportation to get to and from your service site
  • Previous AmeriCorps service must not exceed the maximum amount allowed for eligibility for the Segal Education Award.
  • Bilingual preferred, but not required