The Saga Fellowship is an official AmeriCorps program under the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNSC).
Inside each of us lives a story waiting to unfold. Add meaning to your story by adding meaning to someone else’s. When you become a Saga Education Tutoring Fellow, you don’t just learn how to teach high school students math. You learn how to show up. For complex formulas. For complex lives. For hard days and hard-earned high fives.
A service year as an AmeriCorps member with Saga Education is your chance to make a real difference. Through daily tutoring sessions with a small number of students, you’ll deliver high-quality, personalized instruction that helps young people thrive. In the process, you’ll forge life-changing relationships -- with your students, their families, and your team of Fellows.
Who We Are
Educational inequity doesn’t have to be a fact. At Saga Education, we know every student is capable of earning success in school, and life. Some students just need extra support. And we are getting it to them.
We are a national nonprofit organization that partners with various school districts to supplement teacher instruction by offering trained Tutoring Fellows for students who are falling behind. We know the relationships young people can count on are the ones that lift them up. So our professional Tutoring Fellows offer consistent, personalized, in-school-day academic tutoring -- delivered with equal parts accountability and heart. Whether they are supporting students to work through a tough math problem or a tough day, our Fellows help busy teachers by focusing on the students who need it most.
Why We Exist
For every 10 low-income students who enter high school, 7 will graduate on time, 4 will enter college, and only 1 will earn a college degree by the age of 24 (The Promise of College Completion, 2011). Finding interventions that improve the academic outcomes of low-income students is one of our nation’s most urgent challenges.
Who Should Apply
Saga recruits highly talented recent college graduates, career changers, or retirees. We are looking for people dedicated to ending educational inequity by supporting students from high-need communities. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree (in any major) or an Associate’s Degree. We seek candidates from a diverse set of academic, social and cultural backgrounds -- nearly half of our Fellows identify as people of color. In considering applications, we primarily look for a strong academic record, coaching or tutoring experience, and a readiness to rise to the many demands and challenges that come with supporting at-risk youth. Idealistic and driven people who are hungry for consistent feedback thrive as Saga Fellows.
Fellows guarantee the academic success of students by focusing intently on individualizing instruction and building personal and meaningful relationships with their students for the entire service year.
Each Fellow has a small caseload of students they work with every day. Saga tutoring is embedded into the school day, where Fellows work with 2-4 students at a time for 6-7 periods of the 8-9 period school day, depending on the school’s schedule and program model.
Fellows contact families frequently about student progress. This communication forges trust, creates relationships, and keeps parents aware of the successes and needs of their children.
Every site has a Saga coordinator who is responsible for observing, training, and supporting Fellows throughout the entire year, in the Saga math room. Fellows will be observed weekly and must be hungry for feedback.
Complete 1700 service hours during the 10 month commitment.
AmeriCorps Saga Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens.
Bachelor’s Degree - any major (Associate’s degree in Chicago)
Passion for education reform and hunger for feedback.
Strong basic high school math skills.
Prior paid or volunteer experience with students is helpful.
Prior coaching, tutoring, or teaching experience is helpful.
Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply; those who are looking for a meaningful gap-year opportunity or those who are looking for a ramp-up opportunity into education. (You can complete up to four terms as an AmeriCorps Member)
Compensation & Benefits
Saga Education provides a modest living stipend to all AmeriCorps members for their 10 month term of service (August-June). Here is a brochure outlining a complete list of Saga benefits.
Chicago: Stipend $20,000 + $6000 Segal Education Award
New York City: Stipend $21,000 + $6000 Segal Education Award
Washington DC: Stipend $21,000 + $6000 Segal Education Award
As a member of the federal AmeriCorps program, you are eligible to earn the Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,000) at the completion of your service year, which can go toward pursuing further education or to pay off existing, qualified student loans. Additionally, over 100 colleges and universities nationwide augment the Segal Education Award in some way, including matching your award amount, waived registration fees, course credits, or service scholarships.
During your service with us and as an AmeriCorps member, qualified student loans are eligible for forbearance or deferment.
Fellows are eligible for pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for unreimbursed qualified expenses-any medical, dental or vision expenses that may incur which are not covered by insurance. In addition, Fellows can create a pre-tax flex account for dependent care, transportation, or parking.
Fellows have access to other Saga staff member perks (e.g. discounts on entertainment, automotive services, technology, and retail). At the end of service, Fellows will gain access to the prestigious Americorps alumni network.
Equal Employment Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy
Saga Education provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws. The organization complies with applicable local, state, and federal laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which Saga has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, compensation, training, and leaves of absence. Saga Education does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any of kind, including but not limited to, these protected classes. We are counting on everyone, individually and collectively, to give this policy positive and constructive support.