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Upward Bound Summer Program
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300 Kennedy Hall
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Contact Name:
Liz Millhollen
Contact Title:
Associate Director of UB
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Job Specifics

300 Kennedy Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Cornell Campus
Upward Bound Summer Youth Mentor
Job Classification Level:
Level II
Employer Type:
Cornell Employer
Liz Millhollen
Job Description:
This summer of 2023 Upward Bound will bring approximately 100 high school students that qualify as low-income and first-generation college-bound high school students to Cornell University for six weeks of academic, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, intended to grow their knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be successful in college while preparing for their next year in high school. Upward Bound is grant funded by the Federal Department of Education’s TRIO Programs. The Mentor is the primary facilitator of the participant experience during the Upward Bound Summer program. You will have the unique opportunity to impact and change lives as an Upward Bound Summer Youth Mentor.

10 Youth Mentors are hired and directly supervise 100 high school student participants, with a focus on a cohort of 10 participants. Mentors are supervised and supported by the Summer Program Coordinator (SPC), Program Coordinator’s (PC’s), and Associate Director (AD).

Responsibilities and Expectations
This position is an integral part of the summer program staff. Serving as a mentor and role model for participants, and the front line of all programmatic supervision this position is responsible for the following:

Primary Responsibilities
• Directly contribute to the individual growth of participants and the UB community equitably and inclusively
• Facilitate topics of teambuilding, cultural curiosity, effective communication, academic / career exploration, life-skills, or other relevant material to both large and small audiences, as well as individuals
• Provide safe, consistent, and effective leadership to high school students
• Assure immediate and complete disclosure of participant and staff concerns to PC/AD
• Be a responsible and on-time member of the Upward Bound community
• Participate in meetings and program elements as assigned
• Provide motivation and program management to ensure Upward Bound runs on schedule

Academic Responsibilities
• Attend and be engaged in daily classes as assigned with participants
• Support Teacher efforts in classes by managing student behaviors and encouraging engagement
• Keep track of class progress and daily assignments and relay information to SPC/PC
• Facilitate study/tutor sessions for assigned group of 8-10 participants
• Keep current records of student progress to ensure all students are up to date with coursework and prepared for class activities and exams
• Implement creative solutions to help students realize and reach their full potential

Programming Responsibilities
• Create and facilitate weekly programming activities as assigned during staff training
• Supervise activities and participate as appropriate
• Provide supervision to participants during all Upward Bound activities
• Lead community service and college visit trips

Residential Training (1 week 6/20/23 – 6/23/23)
• Staff move in to Dorm and begin residential stay.
• Training is 9am – 6pm with evening sessions.
• All meals are provided.
• All training activities, program logistics, and program set-up will be accomplished during this time.

Residential Experience (1 week 6/26/23 – 6/30/23)
• Daily supervision of students in residential dorm setting – you will be required to stay in residence in the dorm during this time period.
• Ensure a managed, safe, and healthy residential experience by maintaining proper supervision, supporting participants, teambuilding, and creating impactful moments
• Assist in preparing the dorm and rooms for participant arrival, and complete “break-down” of the facility at the end of the residential portion of the summer program
• Provide daily monitoring and upkeep of residential facility, reporting issues as they arise to SPC

Commuting program – Academic courses and Trips (5 weeks 7/5/20 – 8/4/20) COMMUTING
• Academic support and tutoring for students and Teacher support for classroom activities.
• Help organize and facilitate overnight trips as assigned.
• Support staff and student efforts to maintain community balance and connectedness through the daily interactions of student participants

Policy Enforcement
• Adhere to and enforce all laws, University regulations, and Upward Bound policies and rules
• Address issues with participants immediately as they arise. Manage follow up and report to SPC
• Provide written documentation where applicable

Other Responsibilities
• Provide teachable moments to participants to grow the Upward Bound culture in a positive direction
• Keep daily notes on each assigned student
• Complete end of program evaluation for each assigned student, the PA position and the overall program
• Other duties assigned as dictated by program, staff, and participant needs
Required Qualifications/Skills/Experience:
• Experience working with a diverse student population and experience with theories of change or formal youth development training
• Understanding of First Generation / Low-Income student issues and concerns
• Completed their sophomore year in college

• Experience working effectively with youth and in teams
• Experience with summer programming for high school students
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Pride in doing their best work, with the resolve to see through long days and manage difficult situations
• Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and follow through consistently
• A system of organization that works well for them, and translates effectively to others
Work Schedule:
Time Commitment:
Position will begin June 20th, 2023.
Program Associate Training is mandatory. June 20th- June 23rd.
Summer Program Dates: June 26th – August 4th . Please be aware there are no time off requests granted during this time period.

However, there will be weekend days off and holiday observances. These will be defined and communicated to applicants once the summer schedule becomes final.

Position ends August 4th 2023 when supplies are accounted for, inventoried and properly stowed, reports have been submitted and keys turned in.

Positions begin at $15.00/hr, 40 hours a week for 7 weeks of employment (paid bi-weekly)
Room and board are provided during the training and residential portion of the program
A modified dining plan is provided during the non-residential portion of the program
All expenses are paid for overnight trips
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Application Process:
Application acceptance and interviews will be done on a rolling basis.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter addressing your answers to the following questions:

1. How has your personal experience and personal growth informed your theories of how people can change, strive, and achieve goals?
1. What would you want our UB participants to take away from their summer experience at Cornell?
3. How would you personally benefit from the Tutor Counselor position with the Upward Bound program?

Electronically to:
Liz Millhollen (she/her/hers)
Associate Director of UB

Please contact Liz Millhollen via email at
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All Majors - opportunities open to everyone
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