BEAM 6 Junior Counselor

BEAM Alumni are invited to give back by working at BEAM's new program for students the summer after 6th grade, right here in New York City.

More about the program

BEAM 6 is a new program for students who are between 6th and 7th grade.  We want to help prepare younger students for BEAM's academics and give them a chance to study math beyond school math from a younger age.

BEAM 6 will be a lot like the program you attended as SPMPS, although it is a day-program here in NYC and not a sleepaway program.  Students will take classes (where you'll be a teaching assistant) and go to activities (that you'll help lead), just like at SPMPS/BEAM 7.  They'll make friends for a lifetime, learn for the first time what math can be, and see themselves in places they never imagined.

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We hope that you'll be able to come back to BEAM and be a part of this new program!

Junior Counselors

As Junior Counselors, you'll work with college student Counselors to make BEAM 6 a reality.  It's your job to create the unique social environment at the program and also to provide critical support for the academics.

Your role includes:

  • Making everyone feel welcome and watching out for their happiness.
  • Running one activity each weekday for students at camp. (Sports, games, dancing, art, theatre, quiet reading time, watching a movie, baking a cake... everything is fair game!)
  • Assisting weekday classes by working with students individually and in small groups.
  • Meeting students at a subway stop near their home and both bringing them to the program and going home with them at the end of the day.  This will happen Monday-Saturday. 
  • Supervising Saturday field trips.
  • Attending a class on pedagogy (how to teach and help student learn effectively), and as part of this class, prepare a one hour math activity with other counselors.
  • Communicating promptly and responsibly with other counselors and staff members.
  • Above all, being a role model to inspire the students and telling them they should apply to BEAM 7 next year!

This is a demanding job, but it is also very rewarding.  A typical schedule might look something like this:

8:00am-9:05amMeet a group of students at a subway stop near their home and bring them to campus.
9:05am-9:20amBreakfast with the students
9:20am-10:20amTA your class.
10:25am-11:20amStudy hall, help students with their mathematical work
11:25am-12:25pm
12:30pm-1:00pmEat lunch with the students
1:05pm-2:05pmTake class on teaching and pedagogy.
2:10pm-3:05pm
3:10pm-4:10pmRun afternoon activity
4:10pm-5:30pmBring your group of students back home.
8:00am-9:05amMeet a group of students at a subway stop near their home and bring them to campus.
9:05am-9:20amBreakfast with the students
9:20am-10:20amTA your class.
10:25am-11:20amStudy hall, help students with their mathematical work
11:25am-12:25pm
12:30pm-1:00pmEat lunch with the students
1:05pm-2:05pmTake class on teaching and pedagogy.
2:10pm-3:05pm
3:10pm-4:10pmRun afternoon activity
4:10pm-5:30pmBring your group of students back home.

You'll be able to express preference about when you TA and run activities and when you take breaks. 

In addition, Saturday field trips will last a few hours and allow you to experience purely social time with the students.  Saturday field trips will meet later in the day, at 9am or later.  Right now, our plans are to go to a WNBA game at Madison Square Garden (this one field trip will be on Sunday instead of Saturday), to rent out a movie theater for a movie, and go bowling.

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During the program, you will help a lot of kids, gain teaching experience, and learn some new math yourself. You'll also get the chance to be part of a tight-knit team, and you will be a critical part of shaping what the program looks like.  You will have the full responsibility of a counselor, although counselors will be in charge for supervising off-campus trips.

Additional Details

The program will run for five weeks, from July 10 to August 11. In addition, there will be three days of training and setup on July 5-7, and two days of wrap-up and take-down on August 14 and 15.

The salary for the summer is $2640. You will be provided with an unlimited MetroCard for the entire BEAM 6 program. In addition, you will receive breakfast and lunch each weekday at the program, along with at least one meal during Saturday field trips. During orientation, you'll also receive CPR and First Aid training and certification. We especially hope that you'll see the program as we do: a way to give back and help some students who will grow into incredible individuals.

Qualifications

You must:

  • Be at least 16 years old by July 10, 2017.
  • Be enrolled in high school this year.
  • Have attended BEAM/SPMPS in middle school.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States: you must be a citizen, permanent resident, or have DACA. (But talk to us if something else applies.)
  • Be able to get working papers from your school.
  • Like math and be able to explain it to students (in particular, why things are true, not just a memorized procedure).
  • Be reliable and take initiative.
  • Be able to help kids have fun. (You don't need to be very outgoing if you can engage kids in fun activities, but it helps.)

Please note that we do not arrange housing for this program, so you must have housing in New York City.  If you don't live in New York, then we hope you'll come back for BEAM 7 when you're in college!

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Should I do this?

If you are already enrolled in an academic program for this summer, we think you should do that instead. If you're going to Carleton, or a math program, or have an internship at a tech company, or you're doing All Star Code, you should stick with that plan. Those programs will help you grow academically and you shouldn't give up on those opportunities.

If you don't have other plans, though, we hope you'll join us!  You'll have a great summer (although you'll work hard), and you'll learn a lot, too. It will also help with your college application!

The Application

The main part of the application is nine short-answer questions. We've made this into a webform to fill out. The deadline for submitting the application is May 31, but if you get it to us sooner, that's better!

Additionally, please send a high school transcript to info@beammath.org. An unofficial transcript is fine—a printout of your grades or a photo of your report card works well. You can apply even if your grades aren't that good right now.

We are going to take applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner we can schedule an interview and get you a response. If you are unsure of your summer plans, we encourage you to apply early and then work out the details with us afterwards. If you need a quick decision from us, apply and let us know of your constraints, and we may be able to provide a quicker reply.

Make sure to check your e-mail regularly for a reply, because that is how we'll send your interview invitation and hiring offer!

Finally

Here's what last year's junior counselors had to say about the experience:

"Last summer, I went back to BEAM to work as a Junior Counselor at BEAM 6. It was a great experience; the kids were so nice and interesting and fun to get to know. I felt like they really respected me because they knew that I had been there and had advice for them. I got to TA for the Logic with KenKen class, and KenKen I first learned to do at BEAM in 2013.

The first day that I had to chaperone students on the subway was terrifying. What if someone got lost? But by the third day, we all knew each other, and we spent the commute talking about video games or what they had learned in class." -Tanasia

"It was one of the best summers of my life. I loved attending BEAM, and I wished school was more like BEAM, but it wasn't. It was really great to be able to go back to BEAM and be in that interesting learning environment again. Also, the kids at BEAM actually understood the concepts! They wanted to learn more than was required, which made me feel like everything I
was teaching mattered." -Zavier

You know us, of course, and like always we're happy to answer any questions you might have. It will be really great to work with you this summer!

Sincerely,

Lynn Cartwright-Punnett
Director of Programs
lynncp@beammath.org

Daniel Zaharopol
Executive Director
danz@beammath.org

Ruthi Hortsch
BEAM 6 Site Director
ruthi@beammath.org