Center for Community Engagement

El Arco Iris Youth Advisor Application

Youth Advisor (Tutor) Position Description

Youth Advisors travel to Holyoke once a week to spend approximately two hours at El Arco Iris. They are all each mentors, tutors, and workshop leaders.

Youth Advisors spend between thirty minutes to an hour working with youth as tutors on homework. They nurture intellectual curiosity and motivate tutees to enjoy learning and develop academic interests. During the second hour, Youth Advisors lead or facilitate workshops planned by the Advisor team.

Transportation is provided to and from El Arco Iris.

Youth Advisor Responsibilities

  • Commit to one day each week (Monday-Thursday) from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Advisors may select days that work best with their schedules)
  • Serve as mentors to program youth
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Cooperatively develop and run a workshop once a week for the participants
  • Assist in planning a campus visit each semester
  • Attend Holyoke Bound - a one day orientation

Desired Qualities in Youth Advisors

  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability and dependability
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to engage with and build trust with Holyoke youth
  • Perserverance, patience, and passion
Contact information
Numbers only, please.
We ask our youth advisors to commit to the program twice a week from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Can you make this commitment? *
We have biweekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. These meetings are short. Can you commit to attend these meetings? *
Previous experience
Have you tutored with Arco Iris before? *
Have you tutored with other partnerships on campus? *
Are you a registered driver on campus? *
Would you be willing to be a driver for El Arco Iris program? *
Shift Coordinator Position

The CELs have created a new official position to allow Youth Advisors to have a larger leadership role and to help us complete technical work. The description is as follows:

As a Shift Coordinator, one tutor for each shift will take on a greater role in running the program. This youth advisor will attain a closer relationship with the CELs and the CCE, voice his/her opinion on how Arco is run, and also get to know the other tutors better. Not to mention, as a Shift Coordinator, you can enhance your leadership, networking and communication skills, which are great skills to have down on a resume. Also this is a great position to get experience if you are ever interested in becoming a CEL.

    A Shift Coordinator would be responsible for:

  • Tracking attendance-Shift Coordinators will receive emails about absences
  • Checking in with and collecting feedback from José and the other tutors in your shift
  • Writing a log entry about the events of Arco during their shift 
  • Checking in after bi-weekly meetings with CELs to discuss feedback gathered from each shift and provide ideas of how to improve the organization
Would you be interested in this position? *

Workshops serve as a way to expose the participants to something new or educational and to keep them engaged in the program. All youth advisors are expected to help plan, organize and run creative workshops for El Arco Iris participants on one of the two days per week that they attend the program. Each day will have a theme (last semester these included Hip-Hop Mondays, Weds. Science, Thursday Arts), which will be decided upon during the first youth advisor meetings of the semester.

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Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

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