ALUMNI SCHOLARS PROGRAM

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MISSION

The Alumni Scholars Program’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by advancing the academic, professional, personal and creative excellence of UAP alumni.

STRATEGY

ASP positions alumni on a pathway to success by dedicating resources, support and experiences to ensure that they excel as leaders in their respective fields of interest. ASP focuses on the following areas:

  • Post-Secondary Career and Academic Persistence
  • Creative and Artistic Cultivation
  • Strengthening Life Skills

CORE VALUES

The Alumni Scholars Program believes that people are the experts of their own experiences and are valued leaders and collaborators in implementing problem-solving strategies that impact their communities. Alumni are honored as producers, creators and innovators of culture, rather than passive consumers. Rooted in culturally responsive pedagogy, Alumni develop professional, creative, and life skills needed to define, activate, and pursue their vision in life.

PROGRAM FOCUS AREAS:

ASP is dedicated to strengthening the professional development of young adult high school graduates between the ages of 18-24 through an individualized academic, professional career and technical education pathway supported by training, mentoring, coaching, intensive workshops, and work-study. Every year, ASP ensures that Urban Arts Partnership trains and employs dozens of alumni and supports in individualized post-secondary coaching and support.

New York City is the creative epicenter of the world. ASP is dedicated to continuing the creative and artistic growth of young adults to ensure that they become creators of culture, not just consumers. ASP aims to support the continued creative and artistic growth of its participants. ASP offers the following programming to reach this goal:

 

UAP Creative Agency

The UAP Creative Agency is an extension of The Academy and Alumni Scholars Program creative development track. The UAP Creative Agency is an innovative strategy to closing the achievement and opportunities gap, particularly in the creative industry. Our goal is to ensure that young people are creators and generators of culture, not just consumers. We do this by developing professional and artistic skills to prepare them for lifelong careers as creatives. Through the UAP Creative Agency, our young people provide work for hire client relationships in order to offer real-life professional work experience.

  • Media MKRS
  • Campaigns for Change
  • Sound Lab
  • CodeTLKRS

 

Master Artist Workshop Series:

The purpose of the Master Artist Workshop Series is to continue cultivate the creative and artist growth of alumni and current Academy students.  It’s an opportunity for artists and creative leaders to skillshare and interface with some of New York City’s top emerging artists. Participants of the workshop will gain a deeper understanding of how to successfully pursue and establish their professional creative careers.  

 

This is an exciting opportunity for Academy students and Alumni Scholars pursuing all art forms — graphic design, fashion, photography, visual arts, music, writing, poetry, and performance art.

 

ASP takes a holistic approach; understanding that young people need a wide variety of life-skills, awareness, strategies, and support to navigate the challenges of adulthood successfully. Life Skills trainings, resources, and support address:

  • Financial literacy
  • College access and persistence
  • Visioning and goal setting
  • Grant writing, proposal development, and budget forecasting

The iConnect Peer Mentor serves an important role in connecting iConnect students to supports both in and out of school in order to help the young person navigate the path to high school graduation. The ideal candidate is able to successfully engage with young people, be a positive role model, work independently and within a team of adults in a school-setting, understands the NYC high school system, and is organized and reliable. The iConnect Peer Mentor will report directly to the Program Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement weekly lunch time groups in school setting
  • Purchase food for weekly groups
  • Responsible for setting up space, ordering lunch, and clean up the room before and after each group session
  • Conduct one-on-one check-ins with students regular basis to discuss grades, attendance graduation requirements and set achievable academic goals.
  • Connect students to supportive resources within the school
  • Organize trips, celebratory events and an end of the year party for all iConnect participants
  • Manage budget for groups
  • Work closely with UAP site coordinator and school liaison
  • Ensure that students are aware of all iConnect meetings, trips, and events via email, phone, text or in person
  • Attend weekly iConnect program staff meetings
  • Attend monthly UAP Alumni Scholar meetings
  • Completed a high school diploma
  • Valid form of identification
  • Ability to commit to work at least 2-3 days/week with for a total of 10 hours
  • Compensation: $16-18/Hour (Dependent on experience)

The primary responsibilities of The Academy Assistant Teaching Artist(ATA) is to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Lead Teaching Artist, assisting in program and space maintenance as well as serving as a mentor to current students. ATA will also be responsible for communications and retention support with youth.

  • Assistance in Program Maintenance
  • Room set up
  • Food set up
  • Copies
  • Attendance Intake
  • Email Communications with students
  • Student Retention Assistance
  • Metrocard Distribution
  • Equipment Setup and Breakdown
  • Selected instruction (Warm ups, Ice breakers etc.)
  • Finding potential class opportunities (trips etc)
  • Kitchen Maintenance (Make sure students clean up after themselves, dishes etc.)
  • Demonstrate strong art-form specific experience
  • Extensive knowledge of art-form specific artistic process
  • Shadow TAs in Developing a creative and challenging curriculum
  • Demonstrate strong teaching experience and classroom management
  • Believe in the power of art and creativity as an agent of change and social justice
  • Complete degree or pursuing a degree in art-form related field
  • Works well in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, team
  • Has experience with media production process
  • Ability to commit to work at least 2-3 days/week with for a total of 10 hours
  • Compensation: $16-18/Hour (Dependent on experience)

Fresh Mentors are youth ambassadors to Fresh Prep methodology and pedagogy. They work with Fresh Prep Teaching Artists to engage students in the classroom and help build self confidence, ardor, and the drive to succeed in students taking the Regents Exam. Fresh Mentors use their knowledge of contemporary pop culture to connect with students and maintain relationships that inspire learning.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 Attendance Support

  • Follow up with students who are missing from class; find ways to reach out and contact missing students over email and phone; meet with missing students

Assistant Teaching Artist

  • Familiarity with Fresh Prep curriculum & songs (www.soundcloud.com/freshprep);
  • Instructing fresh prep curriculum and supporting teaching artist and co-teacher in the classroom
  • Assist the teaching artist with classroom duties; and helping to keep students on task

Lunchtime Programming

  • Lead lunchtime discussions to address social emotional needs, topical discussions, and test readiness with students. One lunch per week per cohort. Are you ready for the Regents?
  • Student Check-Ins
  • Over the course of 40 sessions, meet with every student on the roster twice; once in the middle of the course

Qualifications & Compensation

  • Completed a high school diploma
  • Valid form of identification
  • Ability to commit to work at least 2-3 days/week with for a total of 10 hours
  • Compensation: $16-18/Hour (Dependent on experience)

The ideal candidate for this position should be able to able to contribute to the overall sense of community that connects students to all UAP programs that function throughout the school day.  Candidates should also be to successfully engage with young people, be a positive role model, work independently and within a team of adults in a school-setting, understands the NYC high school system, and is organized and reliable. The Assistant Teaching Artist for PUSH schools will report directly to the Site Coordinator.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 Operations

  • Meet with Teaching Artist weekly to plan and reflect on sessions.
  • Work closely with UAP site coordinator
  • Ensure that students are aware of all applicable club & site meetings, trips, and events via email, phone, text or in person
  • Assist with communicating club needs to coordinator

Administration

  • Assist with the collection and tracking of student attendance Track
  • Conduct follow up phone calls home for trips, attendance and progress

Session Support

  • Co-facilitate sessions with Teaching Artist
  • Occasionally purchase food for special events
  • Responsible for setting up space, ordering lunch, and helping to clean up the room before and after each group session

Student Engagement

  • Co plan and organize trips, culminating performances, annual UAP Festival participation as well an end of the year celebration for all PUSH program participants

Training and Professional Development

  • Attend monthly UAP Alumni Scholar trainings
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and quarterly portfolio meetings.

Qualifications & Compensation

  • Completed a high school diploma
  • Valid form of identification
  • Ability to commit to work at least 2 days/week with for a total of 6 hours
  • Compensation: $16-18/Hour (dependent on experience)

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