In addition to our services for middle and high school students, the Help Yourself Program provides Beloit College students with valuable and meaningful work experiences that they are able to apply both in the classroom at Beloit and beyond. Our student staff is composed of students from all academic interest areas and years of study. Their diverse viewpoints, unique experiences, and individual backgrounds bring an exciting energy to the program.
Work study helps to achieve the college’s mission by enabling students to integrate the knowledge they gain in the classroom with hands-on experience. The Help Yourself Program in particular allows students to become engaged within the greater Beloit community through work with area youth. Our student staff members come from many different educational interest areas and are challenged to find a way to apply their own unique knowledge and experiences to their work with the Help Yourself Program, resulting in a new perspective on their chosen discipline.
Student workers play a very important role in the Help Yourself Program. They provide the major force behind our efforts by serving as tutors, workshop facilitators, teaching assistants, summer residential assistants, and interns. Additionally, our student workers serve as role models for our program participants. Help Yourself student staff are current college students and recent graduates. As they recently went through the college search and application process, they can provide valuable information to our students about how to best prepare for college.
As tutors, Beloit College students have the opportunity to work with students in our Mezzo or Pre-Collegiate programs. Tutors help program participants to better understand their academic materials and develop vital skills such as organization, time management, critical analysis, and writing structure.
Beloit College students are able to apply the knowledge and skills they gain in the classroom in a unique way by working as Mezzo Mentors. Mezzo Mentors create and run workshops on a variety of topics that challenge and enrich program participants and also help facilitate the Academic and Curricular Enhancement sessions at each Intermediate School.
During the summer, we have a two-week summer program for Mezzo Academy participants and a three-week program for Pre-Collegiate participants. College students are needed to staff these programs. For both the Mezzo and Pre-Collegiate programs, summer mentors (SMs) act as a link between our teachers and the full-time staff. SMs attend classes with the students and assist teachers in whatever way they can. The summer program is a great way for college students to get to know the program participants better and to apply their skills in a more intensive setting. During the Pre-Collegiate summer program, Summer Mentors also act as RAs. Many of the Pre-Collegiate program participants live on campus, and the Summer Mentors supervise them in the dorms and during evening activities.
View the Summer Mentor Position Description
Applications for Summer Mentors are due by April 30, 2021.