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Educating Future Leaders Program

The Educating Leaders for the Future (ELF) Program is managed by the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and the Sustainability Internship Program of the Department of Geography.  The program aims to:

  • —Increase Access to Higher Education;
  • —Encourage at risk youth to pursue green academic and career pathways;
  • —Diversify the environmental movement and field of study;
  • —Provide youth most affected by environmental issues with a context for understanding those issues; and
  • —Integrate sustainability into curriculum.

We partner with La Cuesta Continuation School, which serves 10th-12th grade students.  In partnership with a Biology teacher at La Cuesta, we present course modules (twelve – 50min modules in six week terms) which transform high school biology curriculum into material that is relevant to the lives of the students, connected to their communities, hands-on/applied, and fun.  La Cuesta is a credit recovery program which helps students that for reasons of life circumstances, acting out, or learning styles that don’t fit with the standard school curriculum, have resulted in the student being severely behind in their course credits. La Cuesta serves a student body that is 85% socio-economically disadvantaged.

UCSB is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage students of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to apply. This is a great opportunity for a first generation college student to share their success story and help others through similar challenges.

Britt Ortiz of The UCSB Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), Katie Maynard of the UCSB Sustainability Internship Program, and Paul Cronshaw of the La Cuesta Continuation School.

Student Program Coordinator

10-15hrs/wk, must have availability from 8:00am-12:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

If you are interested in less hours per week, please consider our Youth Educator Internship at La Cuesta or our Youth Educator Internship at Arroyo Gardens/SB Housing Authority

Please inquire. Work-study applicants are encouraged to apply.

The Student Program Coordinator will be the student team leader for this project.  They will be responsible for:

  • Project management
    • Determining priorities
    • Developing a timeline
    • Determining what tasks need to be accomplished
    • Assisting the staff coordinators in tasking unpaid interns and volunteers
    • Facilitate weekly meetings with interns, weekly administrative meetings with staff, and twice annual retreats
    • Following up with each person that takes on a task to make sure that task is followed through on.
  • Direct work with youth
    • Facilitate already developed course modules side by side with a biology teacher at La Cuesta Continuation High School
    • Organizing field trips and events and inviting on-campus organizations, such as EAB and El Congreso, to participate on college panels.
  • Partnership building
    • Identify new partners in the local community and on campus that could support the project
    • Maintain existing partnerships and be the main liaison between the program and off campus partners.
    • Fundraising and grant-writing
    • Tabling and presenting about the Educating Leaders for the Future at both conferences and local community events to increase project visibility.
  • Reporting and administrative tasks
    • Ensuring all interns, staff, and volunteers have completed necessary paperwork to work with the schools
    • Organizing and recording permission slips
    • Assisting staff in drafting memorandums of understanding and service agreements as necessary
    • Evaluating the programs and developing reports based on evaluations
  • EAOP Services
    • Work with EAOP to integrate sustainability in their department, which could range from highlighting sustainability sites during campus tours, to advising about green practices in the office.
    • Assist with the planning of Higher Education Week, campus tours for other programs, and general assistance to EAOP.

Eligibility :
Please note that if you do not meet the following requirements, you may want to consider our unpaid Youth Educator Internship which has relaxed requirements. Unpaid interns will have a better chance of getting future paid positions as they become available.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Standing
  • Strong professional communication skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience working in PPT and excel
  • Familiarity with the concept of Sustainability
  • Skilled at working with at-risk youth
  • Experience taking initiative
  • Available for 10-15hrs/wk with most hours happening during the regular work week (Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm)
  • Available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00am-12:00pm.
  • Is comfortable working  at least 75% of hours during midterms.  Time will be given off during finals and holidays
  • Will be a current UCSB student and available from through Spring 2014 and will not be abroad during this time.  We prefer someone who can start right away, but that is not required.
  • Ability to commute to local school sites by bus or personal vehicle.
  • Ability to follow application instructions below and submit required documents by the deadlines posted.
  • In the last stage of applicant review, the applicant must complete and pass fingerprinting, a background check, complete a tuberculosis test, and any other requirements of our high school and youth organization partners. The EAOP program will pay for the costs of the necessary tests/checks.  Only applicants that we are serious about offering a position to will need to complete these tests/checks.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Experience doing some form of college recruitment or readiness program (AVID, MESA, EAOP, etc)
  • Experience working with high school aged youth, especially at risk youth.
  • Knowledge of sustainable practices especially as they relate to school environments
  • Experience implementing sustainability practices
  • Familiarity/Fluency in Spanish

Application Instructions:
Please read these instructions carefully.  Any applicants that do not follow the instructions will not be eligible for the paid or unpaid positions.

This position will be open until filled.  Applicants who submit their documents earlier will be considered more favorably.  All documents must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF.  Documents in pages, text, or any other format will not be considered. Documents should be sent to: .

The required three documents include:

  1. Intern Application
  2. Cover Letter (Check out Career Services’ tips on writing cover letters and résumés).
  3. Resume (Check out Career Services’ résumés and cover letters)

UCSB Career Services offers support and advising in writing cover letters and résumés.  Please consider taking advantage of their generous services, especially if this is the first time you have written a résumé or cover letter.

Please ensure that when you submit your three documents the subject line of your email and your email body indicate clearly that you are applying for the “ELF” Internship.

If you have any questions about the program, position(s), other internship opportunities, or the application process, please contact Katie Maynard 805-448-5111.  Please make sure you have read through the posting thoroughly before contacting Katie.