Real World Edge Opportunities

Real World Edge Opportunities

For the Real World Edge, you will need 100 hours that may include a combination of service learning, research experiences, work experience, internships, or professional activities related to your major and/or minor.

Possible Leadership or Real World Edge Hours

AdviseMI AmeriCorps Members (Advisers) – Paid Service Positions Available:  The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in close partnership Michigan colleges and universities, seeks to help more Michigan students pursue postsecondary education. Recent graduates (bachelor’s degree) will serve as advisers in selected high schools across Michigan, particularly those that are located in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates. Serving alongside high school counselors and other school professionals, AdviseMI AmeriCorps Members (Advisers) will support students as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution. Advisers serve full time and focus on mentoring students (especially those from low-income backgrounds) through the complex steps toward college enrollment.

Commitment:  Advisers will commit to a term of service beginning July 2016 through June 2017. These appointments include a mandatory four-week training session in East Lansing beginning July. All training expenses including room, board and travel are covered by the program. In an effort for the Advisers to be fully enmeshed in the fabric of the local communities, Advisers are expected to live in the community in which they are assigned. Upon successful completion of the first school year commitment, Advisers may be invited to return for an additional year of service to AdviseMI.

Primary Responsibilities:  Interacting on a daily basis with high school students and families in the assigned high school to provide relevant information about postsecondary education and the college choice/financial aid processes:

  • Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices
  • Develop a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and
  • financial aid for each student
  • Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial aid applications
  • Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
  • Interviews will be conducted the first three weeks in April.

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