The Great Oaks Fellowship

Great Oaks Fellowship

The Great Oaks Fellowship is a diverse group of recent college graduates with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Some fellows are interested in education policy and wish to experience life on the ground in an urban school. Others plan to pursue a career in medicine, law or to enroll in another graduate program and wish to first give a year of service. For fellows who wish to become high-performing teachers, Great Oaks Fellowship offers multiple pathways to certification.


In exchange for serving as an AmeriCorps fellow, you will receive fully furnished housing with utilities and basic household items included, a living stipend, health insurance, a Segal Education Award after completing their service hours and the opportunity to be a part of a community where everyone is passionate about changing outcomes for urban students.


The Commitment and Benefits

WHAT WE'LL ASK OF YOU

When You Serve: 

You will serve full-time Monday-Friday during school hours for a total of 1700 hours of service to GO schools and communities. 

 

How Long You Serve: 

In a full-time service position, you serve for the entire length of the school year, from approximately the beginning of August through the end of June.

 

What You Do:

You will instruct GO students for mastery, mentor GO students for leadership, and help to develop a strong school community. 

You must demonstrate a passion for service and commitment to serving children in public schools. 

You believe that ALL students can succeed.

For more information about what is expected of you as a GO Fellow, interested applicants may refer to the GO Fellow Position Description

HOW YOU’LL GROW

Pre-service Learning:

You will receive 2-3 weeks of intensive summer training and professional development (PD) at the start of the year. 

During summer training, Fellows learn about GO communities, tutorial curriculum, academic lesson and activity planning, and practice skills needed for strong small-group tutorial management and relationship building. 

 

In-service Learning:

You will participate in ongoing professional development once per week. 

Weekly topics include: small-group instruction strategies; diversity, equity & inclusion; problem solving; managing difficult conversations; social emotional learning, and more. 

 

Post-service Learning:

In preparation for life after AmeriCorps service, you will engage in professional development on topics such as: translating your AmeriCorps experience to your next opportunity, applying to graduate school, how to use the Segal Education Award, and many more post-service topics.

Great Oaks also offers a Residency Program for Fellows interested in gaining their teaching certification. You can learn more about this in the interview process.

WHAT WE OFFER

You will earn a $15,100 living allowance evenly distributed in bi-weekly payments. This stipend is set by AmeriCorps.

 

Subsidized, shared housing. The majority of the cost of housing (including rent, utilities, and wifi) is covered by your school. 

 

Upon successful completion of service, you will receive the AmeriCorps Segal Education Award of $6,345, which can be used to pay for qualified educational expenses.  

 

Loan Forbearance on qualified loans. 

 

Access to the Schools of National Service and 

Employers of National Service networks.


Benefits of Serving a Year at Great Oaks

HOUSING

To help stretch your stipend, we offer housing to all of our fellows. This is a benefit that most AmeriCorps programs are unable to offer which helps our fellows financially and also builds strong school communities.

Each school community has a slightly different setup but you can expect to share the apartment with a few other fellows. In our Newark, Bridgeport and Wilmington communities our fellows live in new modern apartments in the downtown areas of the city. In New York City, fellows live in the Bushwick and BedStuy neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

All apartments are fully furnished, include all basic utilities and WiFi, and we also supply some basic household items too. Most school communities have apartments within a short walk of our schools however in some cases we do provide transportation or mass transit passes to and from school if the distance is too great.

LIVING STIPEND

The standard living allowance for all AmeriCorps programs for the 2020-2021 school year is $15,100.

SEGAL EDUCATION AWARD

Fellows under the AmeriCorps program are eligible for a Segal Education Award after the completion of their service. The award for the 2020-2021 school year is $6,345. You can find more information about the Segal Education Award here

HEALTH INSURANCE

Many of our Fellowship members elect to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans, however we will help you to access a health insurance plan and provide a subsidy if there is an out of pocket premium.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Fellows are supported by knowledgeable school administrators and educators in each of our school communities. In this role you will develop strong skills in delivering instruction, data analysis, and working with diverse learners. In addition, you will foster relationship building skills and practice professionalism in the workplace. Great Oaks also supports fellows in their next steps post-fellowship, whether it’s to become an educator, or to go on to pursue the infinite number of careers fellows may be considering.

COMMUNITY

Great Oaks provides a unique opportunity for recent college graduates to grow in a supportive community of peers who are passionate about urban education. Serving for a year at Great Oaks is intense. The work is both hard and rewarding, and our model is setup to build community and provide support. You will have roommates who are also going through the same experience, and will be able to support one another as you go through the challenges of your service year together. Many fellows have developed lifelong friendships during their service year with Great Oaks – we’ve even had a few marriages!

Americorps Members Talking

To ensure fellows are prepared to effectively work with students, each year our fellows begin their service in August by participating in intensive pre-service training at their own school. In addition, fellows attend the Great Oaks Forum – a convening of all fellows across our network to participate in professional development, networking and social gatherings.


Great Oaks Fellowship

The Great Oaks Fellowship is a diverse group of recent college graduates with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Some fellows are interested in education policy and wish to experience life on the ground in an urban school. Others plan to pursue a career in medicine, law or to enroll in another graduate program and wish to first give a year of service. For fellows who wish to become high-performing teachers, Great Oaks Fellowship offers multiple pathways to certification.


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