Inside each of us lives a story waiting to unfold. Add meaning to your story by adding meaning to someone else’s. When you become a SAGA Innovations Tutoring Fellow, you don’t just learn how to teach high school students math. You learn how to show up. For complex formulas. For complex lives. For hard days and hard-earned high fives.
A service-year with SAGA is your chance to make a real difference. Through daily tutoring sessions with a small number of students, you’ll deliver high-quality, personalized instruction that helps young people thrive. In the process, you’ll forge life-changing relationships -- with your students, their families, and your team of Fellows.
Who We Are
Educational inequity doesn’t have to be a fact. At SAGA Innovations, we know every student is capable of earning success in school, and life. Some students just need extra support. And we are getting it to them.
We are a national nonprofit organization that partners with various school districts to supplement teacher instruction by offering trained Tutoring Fellows for students who are falling behind. We know the relationships young people can count on are the ones that lift them up. So our professional Tutoring Fellows offer consistent, personalized, in-school-day academic tutoring -- delivered with equal parts accountability and heart. Whether they are supporting students to work through a tough math problem or a tough day, our Fellows help busy teachers by focusing on the students who need it most.
“Jacob has shown amazing growth over the past three weeks. When we first started, he was constantly doubting himself, erasing whatever work he would show. Now, he is able to find exactly where he makes mistakes, go back, and fix them without my help. He has learned new concepts extremely well and has had a great attitude EVERY day of class.”
-Gabriel Davis, SAGA Fellow ‘17-‘18, Clinton High School, NYC
Why We Exist
For every 10 low-income students who enter high school, 7 will graduate on time, 4 will enter college, and only 1 will earn a college degree by the age of 24 (The Promise of College Completion, 2011). Finding interventions that improve the academic outcomes of low-income students is one of our nation’s most urgent challenges.
Who Should Apply
SAGA recruits highly talented recent college graduates, career changers, or retirees. We are looking for people dedicated to ending educational inequity by supporting students from high-need communities. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in any major. We seek candidates from a diverse set of academic, social and cultural backgrounds -- nearly half of our Fellows identify as people of color. In considering applications, we primarily look for a strong academic record, coaching or tutoring experience, and a readiness to rise to the many demands and challenges that come with supporting at-risk youth. Idealistic and driven people who are hungry for consistent feedback thrive as SAGA Fellows.
SAGA Fellows commit 10 months of service to students in a New York City district school. This paid Fellowship begins in mid-August and runs through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Fellows guarantee the academic success of students by focusing intently on individualizing instruction and building personal and meaningful relationships with their students for the entire service year.
Required qualifications, skills, and/or experience:
At a Glance
See and hear SAGA Innovations in action.