Youth Policy Institute

  • Academic Tutor - Gear Up 1

    Job Locations US-CA-Pacoima
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Type
    Regular Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Youth Policy Institute is currently seeking a part-time GEAR UP Academic Tutor for its GEAR UP program. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, and follows students with programming from their 6th grade year to their first year in college.  The group of GEAR UP schools are a combination of charter, pilot, and traditional LAUSD schools located in the Pacoima and Hollywood Promise Zone area, whose mission is to transform the communities of Hollywood and Pacoima with a continuum of cradle-to-college-and-career services, and will be a zone of choice for families with a wide range of high-quality school options.


    The Academic Tutor will assist students in developing the necessary skills needed to master the required grade level standards by providing one-on-one and/or small group tutoring. The academic tutor will be placed in middle schools or high schools within the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood area, where they will work under the supervision of both their partner teacher and Site Coordinator.


    Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.



     Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

    • Provide one on one and/or small group academic tutoring, depending on school site.
    • Maintain a professional relationship with teachers, administration, students, parents, and
    • community members.
    • Keep constant communication with teachers, school site staff, and GEAR UP Manager.
    • Must maintain accurate daily attendance records.
    • Supervise all participants to ensure a safe learning environment and organized program.
    • Work collaboratively with teachers in the implementation of lesson plans.
    • Develop a full working knowledge of academic state standards.
    • Create and utilize differentiated learning approaches to assist students in the development of their academic skill set.
    • Adhere to workplace safety guidelines.
    • Adhere to tutor/student boundaries as outlined in Code of Conduct.
    • Attend required staff meetings, trainings and events on and offsite.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Bert Corona Charter School (Middle)
    • San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFiAM)
    • Vaughn Next Century Learning Center: MIT
    • Maclay Middle School
    • James Monroe High School
    • Panorama High School
    • Sylmar Biotech Health Academy
    • Discovery Charter Prep High School
    • Vaughn International Studies Academy (VISA)
    • YPI Valley Charter High School


    • High school diploma, General Education Diploma (GED) or equivalent education required. 
    • Currently enrolled or recent college graduate, with a completion of freshman English, college math (Algebra II) and/or equivalent math credits (preferred).
    • Paid or volunteer experience in tutoring/mentoring environment.
    • Must have effective communication skills and demonstrated leadership experience.
    • Strong ELA and/or Math skills. Understanding of public school transition to Common Core Standards.
    • Proven ability to assist students with academic assignments.
    • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds (in particular minority, low income, or first generation students) preferred.
    • Familiarity with differentiated instruction practices.
    • Ability to work independently and within a team environment as needed.
    • Ability to interface and interact with all levels of staff (administrators, teachers, parents, and students).
    • Ability to plan and implement lesson plans, as needed.
    • Self-motivated, responsible, and professional attitude at all times.
    • Some evenings and/or weekends may be required.
    • Must have access to reliable transportation to arrive to work site at scheduled time consistently.
    • Must pass a criminal background check (LiveScan fingerprinting) prior to beginning employment with children (no reimbursement).
    • Must present proof of negative Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux) prior to beginning employment dated within 60 days (no reimbursement).
    • Bilingual Spanish is a plus.


    Work Schedule

    • 20-25 hours weekly (M - F between 8:00am-5:00pm)


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