Global Smarts Mentoring Program Spring 2020 - Interest Form (mandatory for prospective mentors)
Thank you for your interest in applying for the Global Smarts Mentoring Program! Please note that this is just an interest form and that after completing the form, the next step is to submit your cover letter and resume to Ms. Hutchinson (khutchinson@wacphila.org) as soon as possible. After receiving your form response and your application materials, she will contact you directly to schedule a time to interview.

The Global Smarts Mentoring Program is a rigorous global literacy tutoring program that pairs college students from St. Joseph's University with middle school students from under-resourced and low- to moderate-income Philadelphia public, parochial and charter schools. Through weekly small-group instruction, mentors provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to confidently participate in the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia's annual, region-wide Jr. Model United Nations Conference.

At weekly 60-75 minute tutoring sessions, mentors work closely with students to fulfill key Jr. Model United Nations curriculum goals, including: (1) researching a country’s history, culture, government, economy, etc.; (2) thinking critically and creatively about an issue of global significance (e.g., child labor); (3) writing a well-constructed position paper; and (4) drafting a policy resolution. Additionally, mentors coach students on oral and written advocacy skills, as well as learning to assume leadership roles within their regional blocs.

Global Smarts runs annually, from January to May with an orientation session occurring before Winter Break. Throughout the program, mentors spend 1.5 - 2 hours every Friday afternoon working under the collective training and supervision of the Council’s Education Department staff in a professional internship setting. Mentors earn course credit for their successful completion of the program. Through participation in the program, mentors not only deepen their own understanding of global affairs but, by virtue of having to teach complex issues, they also sharpen their own communication and critical thinking skills. Furthermore, mentors have the unique opportunity to promote a culture of global education and instill the fundamental skills that constitute competent global citizenship in middle school classrooms across the Greater Philadelphia region.

View a promo video about the Global Smarts Mentoring Program at this link: https://youtu.be/_kvZ8-iO4h4
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