Our Mission

To provide comprehensive support that enables disadvantaged students, beginning in high school and continuing through college, to succeed in their STEM coursework, pursue STEM degrees and participate in STEM careers.

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About Us

AmeriCorps Excellence in STEM (ACES) is based out of Wolfson Campus and offers STEM tutoring and study skills support to underserved high school and/or and college students in the Miami community.

Members commit to 1 yearof service and are dedicated to building strong relationships with students. They assess the knowledge, study skills, and emotional factors that inhibit students from succeeding in their STEM courses; and develop a strategy for progress. Members create their own schedule to fit 675 hours for the 2020 year (15 hours/week). We are currently partnered with Miami Jackson Senior High School and iTECH at Thomas A. Educational Center.

Now accepting applications!

Duration of Service : January 13 - December 18, 2020

Priority Application Due: October 18, 2019

Regular Application Due: November 8, 2019

Member Benefits

  • $ 2,321.00 Service-Scholarship of (Segal Education Award)
  • $115.00 Bi-weekly living allowance
  • Eligibility to defer student loan(s)
  • Eligibility to apply for food stamp assistance
  • Over 50 hours in training, professional development and networking opportunities
  • President's Volunteer Service Award

Requirements

  • Must be at least 17 years old with parental/guardian consent
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident
  • Completion of subject courses with a grade of "B" or higher or pass a competency test
  • Must demonstrate leadership skills, take initiative and work well in team settings
  • Preferred tutoring experience in the above subject areas, or courses taken, or pass competency exam
  • Enthusiasm to serve students in the community
  • Ability to be flexible in approach to student’s needs
  • Possess a growth mindset
  • Practice empathy, patience, non-judgement and active listening
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Entering into service is contingent on passing these background checks: a national criminal history background check, an FBI background check, a local background check, and clearance through the national Sex Offender database (www.nsopw.gov)
  • Entering into service is contingent on passing these background checks: a national criminal history background check, an FBI background check, a local background check, and clearance through the national Sex Offender database (www.nsopw.gov)
  • Visit the official AmeriCorps program page for more information: http://www.americorps.gov

    Responsibilities:

    • ACES Members will offer tutoring and support in one or more of the following areas
      • Science: Biology, Chemistry 1, 2, or Organic Chemistry, Physics 1, 2, or 3 with or without Calculus
      • Technology/Engineering: 3D printing, Cyber Security Fundamentals, Security+, Network+, Linux+, AWS Cloud Essentials, A+ (hardware/Software)
      • Math: Algebra 1, 2, or 3, Geometry, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, Calculus 1, 2, or 3, Differentials, Statistics
      • Other: PERT/SAT/ACT Prep
    • Meet with designated teacher(s)/lab managers to plan lessons/refresh in course material
    • Assist students with creating academic goals and track student progress using pre and post assessments
    • Prepare and submit Member time sheets and student attendance logs weekly
    • Assist with the facilitation of school field trips and SAT/PERT bootcamps
    • Conduct outreach campaigns to promote the use of tutoring labs
    • Meet with Program Manager monthly to discuss student progress and Member performance
    • Maintains confidentiality of student information
    • Members will receive training (approximately 80 hours over the project period) and National Service networking opportunities (approximately 14 hours)
    • Attend 3 service projects throughout the year, which includes our National Day of Service for MLK Day
    • Abide by all service site policies and procedures as well as adhere to all AmeriCorps policies and the Member Code of Conduct

    Learning Outcomes

    • Develop a keen understanding of the education system and its needs
    • Learn how to asses different learning styles and modalities to create specific helpful study methods for struggling students;
    • Understand how to use data to drive decision making
    • Collaborate with school site to focus on improving student grades, as well as comfort and understanding of course material
    • Engage with the various educators, researchers, and lead experts in their field of study
    • Participate in National Service networking opportunities throughout the year

    Join as a Volunteer

    Joining as a volunteer is different from applying for an ACES membership. Volunteers are individuals who enjoy helping others and desire to make a difference in their community. Though volunteers may not be able to commit to as much as 675 hours, they are still willing and ready to offer their assistance with whatever free time they have.

     

    Benefits of being a volunteer

    Though volunteers do not share in the ACES membership benefits, they do enjoy a few perks of their own. Every person that signs up to volunteer benefits from the following:

    • President's Volunteer Service Award (see requirements)
    • Network with community organizations
    • Gain real world experience

    How do I decide between being a member and being a volunteer?

    You may want to volunteer if:

    • You are not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • You cannot commit to serve 675 hours (15 hours/week)
    • You are younger than 17 years old
    • You are not strong in any STEM subject

    If you would like to join as a volunteer, complete the following application and send it to sriveras@mdc.edu or drop it of at Wolfson Campus Office 1503.

    Volunteer application (PDF)

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