LESLIE/KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Senior year is a complex time for many students and Berea College is working to make the transition a little easier through a program called PartnerCorps.
“The idea is to take a critical mass of successful college graduates and to put them into Leslie County and Knox Central [high schools] so they can role model and mentor the students currently there,” Associate Director of Partners for Education at Berea College Sara White said.
The program is federally funded through the Partners for Education campaign and is currently looking to recruit 40 people who are willing to work at Leslie County of Knox Central high schools for one year.
“[We] will provide them with some basic benefits, health insurance, living allowance, an education award of a little over $5,000 to use to go back to school or pay off student loans,” Grant Services Coordinator Rachel Tsvetanov said.
Miranda Frost worked as a mentor for a similar program and says the experience helped her gain skills for the future.
“To have the reward of having students come to me and say, ‘Guess what Ms. Frost, I got into college’ or ‘Guess what Ms. Frost, I got the scholarship I wanted.’ Their personal gain is a reward for me,” Frost added.
Members will be responsible for planning field trips to various college and helping students fill out the FAFSA.
“Making sure they’re on track with their attendance, behavior, classes and doing well. A lot of your day is checking on your students,” Tsvetanov said.
One way the region is working to open doors to Eastern Kentucky students.
For more information about the PartnerCorps program or to apply, e-mail questions or a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.