BEAM Summer Away Counselor and Teaching Assistant

Spend three weeks in upstate New York or southern California, living with 7th graders and guiding them as they discover advanced mathematics for the first time. Room, board, and transportation to the program are provided in addition to your salary.

More about the residential program

BEAM Summer Away (formerly BEAM 7) is a three-week residential summer program run by Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics, and the beginning of BEAM's five years of support. For many of our students, this is their first time away from home, and their first experience connecting with students from all over the city who are excited to do math.

At BEAM Summer Away, students do seven hours of math a day (which they love!), consisting of four hours of a week-long topic class, two hours of problem-solving, and an hour of independent work. Classes introduce students to sophisticated proof-based mathematics on topics often not covered until college, and counselors play a critical role in supporting students as they build their mathematical and problem solving skills.

responsibilities at BEAM Summer Away

As counselors, it is your job to create the unique social environment at the program and also to provide critical support for the academics. You'll be able to get time off, but this is more than a 9-5 job.Your responsibilities will include:

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  • Making everyone feel welcome and watching out for their happiness at camp.

  • Assisting classes by working with students individually and in small groups (see below).

  • Running one to three activities daily for students at camp. (Sports, games, dancing, art, theater, quiet reading time, watching a movie... everything is fair game.)

  • Running a hall meeting every other night with the students living on your hall.

  • Supervising field trips and running weekend activities (including large program events, like the Talent Show or Field Day).

  • Above all, being a role model to inspire the students.

TA Positions at BEAM

Part of your responsibilities will be to TA a course each week, assisting the instructor of a week-long course. TAs should be able to answer not just the "how?" but "why?" of mathematical problems, and be able to talk about how math is really used. Some courses at BEAM recently have been:

  • Number Theory with Proofs

  • Graph Theory

  • Cryptography

  • Infinity

  • Combinatorics: Count without Counting

  • Mosaics and Symmetry

  • Projective Planes

  • Coding and Information Theory

You don't have to have seen all of the material already (although familiarity with graph theory, number theory, and abstract algebra is a plus), but we expect TAs to be strong enough mathematically to keep up in classes like these.

COUNSELOR SCHEDULE

Our class week is Tuesday through Saturday. On Sundays and Mondays, we run big activities and go on field trips. A typical weekly schedule might look like:

TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
8am-9amBreakfast with students
9am-10amTA CourseTA CourseTA CourseTA Course
10am-11amStaff MeetingStaff Meeting
11am-12pmRun ActivityRun ActivityRun Activity
12pm-1pmLunch with students
1pm-2pmTA CourseAssist with Assembly
2pm-3pm
3pm-4pmRun ActivityRun ActivityWork on plan for weekend field trip
4pm-5pmPick up mailSit in on guest mathematician talk and attend relays
5pm-6pm
6pm-7pmDinner with students
7pm-8pmRun activityRun activityRun activity
8pm-9pm
9pm-10pmSupervise independent work timeSupervise independent work timeSupervise independent work time
10pm-10:30pmHall MeetingHall MeetingHall Meeting
TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
8am-9amBreakfast with students
9am-10amTA CourseTA CourseTA CourseTA Course
10am-11amStaff MeetingStaff Meeting
11am-12pmRun ActivityRun ActivityRun Activity
12pm-1pmLunch with students
1pm-2pmTA CourseAssist with Assembly
2pm-3pm
3pm-4pmRun ActivityRun ActivityWork on plan for weekend field trip
4pm-5pmPick up mailSit in on guest mathematician talk and attend relays
5pm-6pm
6pm-7pmDinner with students
7pm-8pmRun activityRun activityRun activity
8pm-9pm
9pm-10pmSupervise independent work timeSupervise independent work timeSupervise independent work time
10pm-10:30pmHall MeetingHall MeetingHall Meeting

Other staff

Each site will have 40 students and a staff of:

  • 8 Residential counselors (that's you!)

  • 7 Faculty (two of whom will help out with activities and planning each week)

  • 1 On-call nurse

  • 1 Part-time guidance counselor

  • 1 Director of Residential Life (who will live with you in the dorms)

  • 1 Site Director (who will handle all the logistics and also help run activities)

Additional Details

The time commitment for BEAM Summer Away counselors is approximately 4 weeks: Three days of program orientation and set-up, 3 weeks with the students, and three days of wrap-up. Below are tentative program dates:

  • For upstate NY programs, orientation and set-up is July 4-6, the program runs July 7-28, and wrap-up is July 29-31.

  • In southern California, orientation and set-up is June 27-29, the program runs June 30-July 21, and wrap-up is July 22-24.

The program runs at two college campuses in upstate New York and one college campus in southern California. If you are applying to work at the upstate New York programs, we will place you at one of the two sites, and you are welcome to express a preference once the two locations are announced.

The salary for the summer is $2600 plus room, board, and travel to/from our campus. (Additionally, we will pay for comprehensive first aid training for counselors interested in obtaining it before camp.) We especially hope that you will see the program as we do: a labor of love that reaches the students most in need, and a program with the potential to have a transformative effect on achievement in mathematics and related fields.

We are always available to answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to get in touch. We look forward to working with you this summer!

Ayinde Alleyne
Summer Away Site Director
ayinde@beammath.org

Jacob Castaneda
Discovery Site Director
jacob@beammath.org

Don Laackman
Summer Away Site Director
don@beammath.org

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