News: My Journey to College 9th Grade Summer Scholars Program (MyJTC) Resident Mentors - Deadline: June 26, 2017

June 21, 2017 - 8:45am

The California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) and the Equity and Access Studies in Education Project (EASE) seeks outstanding undergraduate students for participation in the My Journey to College 9th Grade Summer Scholars Program (MyJTC). The program trains students to work as resident mentors (RM) for rising 9th grade students during a four-day residential program at UCLA. The goal of the program is to provide rising 9th graders from historically underserved and marginalized communities with the academic and social opportunities to posture themselves for college eligibility. RMs will work with summer scholars to develop a college-going disposition, share personal anecdotes about the challenges and rewards of attending college (specifically UCLA), facilitate discussion sessions, and guide scholars throughout the four-day program. RMs will work alongside chaperones in ensuring the safety, learning, and growth of approximately 20 summer scholars. Additionally, RMs will live in the residential halls with the summer scholars and serve as a conduit for information between the chaperones, summer scholars, and program supervisors.


Undergraduate students serving as RMs will gain additional exposure to the needs and concerns of students from historically underserved and marginalized backgrounds. To this end, the program seeks candidates with a high degree of maturity, motivation, and commitment, as well as a genuine desire to help the summer scholars succeed.


RM appointments are made for six days. Students will receive a $400 stipend, lodging in the UCLA residential halls for the four days and three nights of the program, and meals during the program and training days.


The six-day RM appointment begins on July 17, 2017 and ends on July 22, 2017. Training takes place on July 17-18, 2017. It is imperative that RMs are available during the duration of employment to participate in the training and program.



  1. Collaborate with chaperones to oversee the attendance, safety, and health of 20 summer scholars;
  2. Mentor summer scholars to assist them in developing strategies for success and making plans for furthering their education in postsecondary school;  
  3. Assist summer scholars on an individual and group basis in successfully navigating UCLA and improving their experience with various academic and social experiences available during the program (RMs will draw on their own experiences and the behaviors they have observed as contributing to overall high school and college achievement);
  4. Provide guidance on an individual and group basis to summer scholars preparing themselves for high school (coursework, social experience, relationships with teachers, etc);
  5. Assist summer scholars in creating a strategy for secondary success in light of their postsecondary goals;
  6. Serve as resident assistants, conducting the first round at lights out (10:00 PM) to ensure that all summer scholars are safely in their rooms;
  7. Organize and execute community activities (e.g., scavenger hunt, college game night, and field day) for summer scholars;
  8. Facilitate discussion groups and sessions with summer scholars;
  9. Miscellaneous MyJTC RM coordination and administrative tasks as needed;
  10. Other duties as assigned.



The MyJTC Program is looking for undergraduate students with excellent interpersonal skills who take a genuine interest in mentoring youth, particularly those from historically marginalized communities. Previous experience working with youth or serving as a resident advisor preferred, but not necessary.


To apply:

Undergraduate students interested in the RM position should submit the following:

  1. A short statement of your interest in working with this population of students (200 words)
  2. A resume or CV
  3. Contact information for two references


Application deadline: June 26, 2017


Submit application to:

Dr. Robert Cooper

UCLA Professor & Director of the MyJTC Program


Candidates will be interviewed the week of June 26th.


Final selection for the RM position will be completed on June 30th.