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Themtor Application

What is a Themtor?

We use themtor in replacement of 'mentor' to show inclusion of trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, and all other marginalized genders. Our organization particularly uses this spelling to separate ourselves from exclusionary 'mentorship' programs.

As a themtor it is your responsibility to establish a safe, encouraging, and supportive relationship with your themtee. We ask that you establish clear communication, quick responses, and manageable boundaries to ensure positive support and create a sustainable relationship. 


Program Description: 

Our themtorship program is meant to assist first-generation, undocumented, and Black students from the Central Valley with their college applications starting in August 2021 and ending in May 2022. As a themtor you will be paired with a themtee to assist with applications such as FAFSA or Dream Act, UC app, the Common App, and others via remote instruction. Themtors will guide in completing all things college related both correctly and promptly. This program is meant to assist students who will be applying for undergraduate universities starting in the fall, whether that be high school seniors, community college students, and other non-traditional G.E.D school students. 


Each month will focus on a different topic and will include tasks to ensure completion of applications such as FAFSA, Dream Act, the Common App, and more. As a themtor it will be your responsibility to ensure that topics are understood and tasks are completed. Each month will be composed of monthly meetings to provide the necessary skills and knowledge as well as educational webinars, guest speakers, handouts, and much more. 


Themtor Summary: 

Our Themtorship Program provides assistance to Central Valley students throughout their entire college application process. This includes and is not limited to assistance with college applications, writing personal statements, financial aid, personal and professional development, and scholarships. As a themtor your main objective will be to ensure that your themtee is on track and on time with all college related applications and activities. 


Those interested in or with experience in counseling, higher education, accessibility, and ‘themtoring’, would be the best fit for the program. The program is built to provide experience working with students and an understanding of what it looks like to create more equitable and accessible spaces for students to enter higher education. 


Responsibilities of being a themtor include and are not limited to: 

  • Provide support and guidance with all college related applications and activities including but not limited to college applications, personal statements, financial aid applications, scholarships, etc.

  • Attend, participate, and be engaged in all program meetings, trainings, check-ins and program related activities.

  • Uphold a 24 hour response guarantee in which you must reply to any and all email, texts, communication outreach from your themtee within 24 hours during the regular work week.

  • Keep track of themtee progress including all checklists, application submissions, scholarship applications etc.

  • Ensuring themtees attendance, participation, and continued engagement in all program related activities. 

  • 3-program wide meetings every month starting September 2021 and ending May 2022

    • Monthly Themtor Group Check-Ins (1 hour) - Typically the first or second Wednesday of every month.

    • Monthly Program-Wide Trainings (2 hours) - The first or second Saturday of every month (depending on the date of the Group Check-In).

    • Monthly Program Check-In (1 hour) - The Saturday following our Program-Wide Training.

  • Quarterly check-ins with Program Lead. 


All work, meetings, and responsibilities are expected to be completed remotely and primarly through Zoom. 


Responsibilities and Duties: 

  • Guidance and Continued Support

    • It will be your responsibility to provide extensive guidance and continued support to your themtee. This is the most critical aspect of your role as a themtor. You will be expected to ensure student progress, maintain steady communication, and provide support, direction, and advice during the duration of the program. This guidance includes and is not limited to:

      • Weekly communication via email, text, phone calls etc

      • Understanding of themtee progress and knowledge about where they are at with applications, scholarships, etc

      • Clear understanding of monthly program topics and tasks in order to provide the most productive and accessible help to themtee

      • Scheduling check-in meetings with themtee outside of scheduled program meetings

  • Meetings

    • To most effectively support your themtee you will need to attend, participate, and be engaged in multiple meetings a month. You will also be responsible for scheduling meetings and check-ins with your themtee outside of the programs scheduled meetings. You will be expected to be punctual and engaged at all times. Meetings include and are not limited to:

      • Monthly Themtor Group Check-Ins

      • Monthly Program-Wide Trainings

      • Monthly Program Check-In

      • Quarterly Themtee Check-Ins 

  • Communication

    • Communication is one of the most vital aspects of our Themtorship Program as it ensures clarity, understanding, and strengthens the themtor/themtee relationship. It will be your responsibility to ask questions during or after meetings to ensure clarity for both you and your themtee. Communication includes and is not limited to:

      • Maintaining communication and engagement on Canvas and other program related platforms

      • Ensuring clear and accurate communication with themtee and program participants including accessible language and fast responses

  • Engagement

    • Part of the responsibility as themtor will be to ensure constant engagement and participation from both you and your themtee. Part of this engagement will include and is not limited to:

      • Sending email reminders + check-ins and scheduling necessary check-ins outside of scheduled meetings

      • Checking in on themtee assignments and keeping track of themtee progress

      • Engaging with your themtee and other program participants during all Zoom meetings

      • Developing a safe and effective remote environment for your themtee and other program participants to be fully engaged and participating to the best of their ability 
         

Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Prior experience or interest in youth mentoring, counseling, higher education accessibility 

  • Strong communication skills and ability to maintain continued support and guidance to paired student

  • Must be comfortable with Zoom, Canvas, Google Workspace (Drive, Slides, Spreadsheet etc), and other online program websites such as Slack

  • Commitment to fostering safe online spaces for all historically underserved students including, and not limited to LGBTQ+ students, women and fem students, first-generation students, undocumented students, students with disabilities  

  • Has a thorough understanding of Central Valley and the historically underserved communities Central Valley Scholars serves 
     

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a current undergraduate beginning in Fall 2021. Graduated undergraduate students and above also qualify. 

  • Must be knowledgeable about and have experience with college application processes such as UC App, CSU App, FAFSA, Dream Act, Common App 

  • Must originate or currently reside in the San Joaquin Valley 

Important Dates:  

  • Program Conference

    • August 16th: Orientation, 10am-12:30pm

    • August 17th: Relationship Building and Trauma Informed Training, 10am-12:30pm

    • August 18th: College Applications: Crash Course, 10am-12:30pm

    • August 19th: Financial Aid: Crash Course, 10am-12:30pm

    • August 20th: Preparation + Program Virtual Meet ‘n’ Greet, 10am-12:30pm

  • Monthly Meetings Starting September & Ending May 2022

    • Monthly Themtor Group Check-Ins (1 hour) - Typically the first or second Wednesday of every month.

    • Monthly Program-Wide Trainings (2 hours) - The first or second Saturday of every month (depending on the date of the Group Check-In).

    • Monthly Program Check-In (1 hour) - The Saturday following our Program-Wide Training.

    • Quarterly check-ins with Program Lead 

Stipend: 

Themtors will receive a one time nominal stipend of $450. It is important to note that themtors are volunteers, not employees, of the Central Valley Scholars, therefore no benefits will be provided.

Apply Now

Please click here to apply. Applications are due August 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm. For additional questions please contact us