Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

Frequently Asked Questions

General

1. Can I still apply if I don't know my class schedule yet? 

2. What if I don’t have a car?  How do I get to the school? 

3.Where do I find the application?

4. What happens after I submitted an application?

5. What happens at the interview?

6. When will I hear back from you after the interview?

7. This will be my first semester as an AR*AC*PNP mentor, is there some form of orientation to help me become familiar with the program?

 

America Reads

1. What is a day in the life of a Reads mentor like?

2. Who do you work with for America Reads?

 

America Counts

1. What is a day in the life of a Counts mentor like?

2. Who do you work with for America Counts?

 

Partners in Print

1. What is a day in the life of a PNP mentor like?

2. Do you have to speak Spanish to do Partners in Print?

 

Compensation

1. How can I get paid for working with America Reads*America Counts? 

2. What do I have to do in order to receive work study payment?

3. What do I need to bring to the work study workshop?

4. I am not eligible for Federal Work Study, what can I get instead for my work?


General

1. Can I still apply if I don't know my class schedule yet? 

Yes. Apply anyway and tell us what you do know – and then update us once it’s finalized.

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2. What if I don’t have a car?  How do I get to the school? 

You will travel with your team in an AR*AC*PNP van. If you are in America Reads, you may be placed in a school school on a University of Maryland shuttle route. In addition, some teams might have members who are willing to drive their own car and bring team members with them as well.

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3. Where do I find the application?
Follow this link https://go.umd.edu/MentorSP2020 to fill out an application to be a mentor for Spring 2020 semester.

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4. What happens after I submitted an application?
Once we have received and reviewed your application, we will send you an email to sign up for an interview.

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5. What happens at the interview?
During the interview, we will ask about your availability, preference of the programs, relevant past experience, and a couple scenario based questions to help us get to know you better. In addition, you will be asked to engage in a brief role play for America Reads and America Counts so we can gain a better understanding on how you work with kids.

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6. When will I hear back from you after the interview?
You will receive a decision within 2 weeks after the interview, and if selected as a mentor, you will also receive your program placement and time in the same email.

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7. This will be my first semester as an AR*AC*PNP mentor, is there some form of orientation to help me become familiar with the program?
If you are a new mentor, you are required to attend a new mentor training in addition to your assigned program’s training sessions. During the new mentor training, you will learn more about the values and goals of AR*AC*PNP, information on dress code and expectations, as well as some background information about the school district. At your program’s training sessions, you will get to know your team leader(s) and members, and receive training on the specific knowledge and skills applicable to your assigned program.
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America Reads

 

1. What is a day in the life of a Reads mentor like?
Depending on your school placement, you will meet your team and leave from the LCSL office at either 7:30am or 8:00am on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Once arrived at the school, you will work one on one with a total of 3 students, each for 30 minutes. During the 30 minutes with the student, you will engage him/her in literacy activities such as read aloud, vocabulary works, and writing. Then, you will return on campus around 10:30am or 11:00am.
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2. Who do you work with for America Reads?

For America Reads, you will be working one on one with first or second grader, depending on the school, for 30 minutes each, and 3 students total. 

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America Counts

 

1. What is a day in the life of a Counts mentor like?

You will meet your team and leave the LCSL office at 2:00pm on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Under certain circumstances, we will be able to accept one day mentors for the Counts program. As a mentor, you will be assigned or have the ability to sign up for weekly responsibility such as taking the team crate, taking snack (located inside the LCSL office), or selecting and leading the “Center” for the day. Once arrived at the school, you will be working with a group of 3 to 5 students and assist them with homework, engaging them in after homework math activity, snack time, and Center - which is a math oriented group activity that’s fun and exciting. You will return on campus by 5:00pm the latest from your school. 
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2. Who do you work with for America Counts?
For America Counts, you will be working with a small group of 3 to 5 4th graders throughout the entire duration of the program. 
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Partners in Print

 

1. What is a day in the life of a PNP mentor like?

As a PNP Mentor, you will meet your team at the LCSL office around 5:15pm on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday to prepare for all the materials needed, and leave the office no later than 5:30pm to travel to one of our partnering elementary schools. At the school, you will be working closely with your team to facilitate workshop for attending parents, lead activities, and answering questions that the parents may have. You will be back on campus around 8:30pm.  

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2. Do you have to speak Spanish to do Partners in Print?

Partners in Print has a small number of English-only positions, but these are often filled very early in the hiring process.  

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Compensation

 

1. How can I get paid for working with America Reads*America Counts? 

The only way you can get paid for your work with America Reads*America Counts*Partners in Print (AR*AC*PNP) is through a Federal Work Study Award. 

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2. What do I have to do in order to receive work study payment?
First, verify that you are eligible to receive federal work study by checking your financial aid offer at https://financialaid.umd.edu/my-finaid-account. If you ARE eligible, please include the award page in your application or email it to us later if it is not available at the time of applying. Once we receive your award letter, you will then be asked to attend one of the federal work study workshops to fill out the necessary paperwork before receiving payment for working as an AR*AC*PNP mentor.

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3. What do I need to bring to the work study workshop?
You will need to bring 2 forms of government ID (Valid, non-expired drivers license and social security card OR a valid, non-expired U.S. passport). You must bring originals of these documents - copies will not be accepted. You should also have you checking account number and bank routing number available (can be found on a check). Finally, if you are a non-US citizen Permanent Residents, please bring your Green Card in addition to everything else.

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4. I am not eligible for Federal Work Study, what can I get instead for my work?

In addition to create great memories and build amazing relationships with your mentees and your team, you can receive course credit by taking HESI318M, an online, 3 credits course that explores current public education issues and leadership in the context of education system.

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