Temple Work-study: GearUp Cohort Leader

Posted by Temple University on May 28, 2018

Temple University Work-Study Students needed for summer program staff

GEAR UP at Temple University will be running an on campus summer program and needs to hire 6 work study students (or volunteers), 5 as cohort leaders and 1 as a teacher. Both pay $10/hour and will run from the last week in June through the first week in August.

During the year, GEAR UP Temple students volunteer as tutors and mentors in North Philadelphia high schools. This summer program brings the high school students to campus for career exploration, job shadowing, and academic skills building. They will create podcasts about a variety of career fields with job placements on campus.

Those with math and/or Spanish or ESL backgrounds encouraged to apply. Only Temple work-study eligible students are able to apply for paid positions.

GearUp Cohort Leader
$10 per hour

List Full Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead a cohort of 5 to 7 high school students through the introductory, planning, research, recording, and editing stages of our career-search podcast curriculum.
  • Accompany cohort to assigned job exposure and job shadowing experiences, supporting them in their personal objectives and ensuring participants meet the worksite expectations.
  • Support supervising Temple GearUp Coordinators in teaching high school students a variety of topics, including academic enrichment, storytelling, reading comprehension, study skills, college readiness, career readiness and podcasting.
  • Attend training on concepts of podcast basics, cohort facilitation and leadership, and cultural competency to deliver high-quality support to youth participants. Attend meetings and professional development activities as requested and scheduled.
  • Develop and maintain meaningful, trusting personal relationships with active and potential youth.
  • Practice effective communication and goal setting/coaching skills to interact with individuals in a respectful, nonjudgmental manner, keeping in mind the uniqueness of an individual’s attitudes, beliefs, and values. Create a safe and rich learning environment. Support community building through team-building and reflection activities.
  • Coach, mentor, and motivate participants to identify their short-term and long-term goals and to develop and implement the steps needed to achieve those goals.
  • Work collaboratively with other cohort leaders and Temple staff. Make modifications to lesson plans, curriculum, and student supports. Compile and generate lesson materials on target subjects.

Document and assess student progress throughout the summer program. Provide feedback and support to students. Track attendance and assignment completion rates.


  • A record of successful mentoring or education experience with students from socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • Commitment to and belief in all students’ ability to succeed and thrive. Commitment to social justice through educational equity.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and problem-solving skills, with creative and positive energy for working with youth.
  • Willing to incorporate daily activities that allows students to present, debate, and explore content that is relevant and inspires questioning.
  • Experience in setting team goals, solving conflict through compromise or collaboration, motivating all cohort members, and problem solving.
  • Ability to assess student needs and adjust tutoring/mentoring strategy when necessary
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a team of Temple staff and other work-study students.
  • Strong or emerging leadership and communication skills, with the ability to foster team unity and communicate program expectations.


  • Previous Philadelphia public school, college access, or workforce development work experience.
  • Experience with recording software (Soundcloud, GarageBand, Audacity, etc) or podcast, video, or audio production.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with attention to detail, accuracy and punctuality.
  • Spanish language abilities.

Purpose of Role of the work-study position within Temple University

Temple University’s College of Education joins numerous partners in Philadelphia’s city-wide Gear Up Program. All partners share the objectives of helping children learn about college opportunities and supporting their preparation for access and success in post-secondary education. As a part of this initiative, Temple GearUp will hold a 5-week summer program for rising 10th and 11th graders from high schools in the North Philadelphia neighborhoods, focusing on academic enrichment, test prep, study skills, college exposure, and service to the community.

This work-study role will support the Gear Up Staff in the academic enrichment, podcast service project, community building, and career exposure components of the summer program.

To apply, email brittanyjlewis@temple.edu.

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