Teaching & Mentoring Opportunities

Teaching & Mentoring Opportunities

Listed below are opportunities with brief descriptions of each program along with the website and contact information.

St. Olaf TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) Mentoring Program
Since 1993, the St. Olaf TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program has coordinated mentoring programs which offer 200 + St. Olaf students the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with nearly 400 inner-city, multicultural students in grades 6-9.

For more information please contact:
Heidi O’Hair, ohair@stolaf.edu (x3780), Program Director
Fay Dacey dacey1@stolaf.edu (x6241),  Administrative Assistant


St. Olaf TRIO Upward Bound (UB) Tutoring and Summer Program
TRIO Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program designed to help high school students get to college by providing academic and personal support and guidance. St. Olaf College Upward Bound students are from families below 150% of poverty and would be the first generation in their family to attend college. St. Olaf TRIO Upward Bound has been hosted by the College since 1989.

For more information please contact:
Mari Avaloz, avaloz@stolaf.edu (x3708), Director of Upward Bound
Kim Hildahl, hildahl@stolaf.edu (x6241),  Assistant Director


Breakthrough Twin Cities
Breakthrough Twin Cities is a six-year, tuition-free academic enrichment and college preparatory program that helps under-resourced students prepare for college success. Their goal is to identify young people who are in need of and who will take full advantage of the support that the program offers.

Breakthrough’s highly rated Teaching Fellowship takes place every summer. With its “all-day, every day” nine week commitment, Breakthrough’s trademark summer Teaching Fellowship is very intense. It is a lifestyle more than a job … an unmatched opportunity to have a real impact on students. Fellows teach two core courses, plan field trips and special events, and participate in parent conferences.

For more information please contact:
Rachel Banen, rbanen@breakthroughtwincities.org, Program Manager

LearningWorks is a Breakthrough program located in Minneapolis. Breakthrough is a national collaborative that comprises 24 sites across the U.S. and one in Hong Kong. Its overall mission is to launch high potential, low-income middle school students on the path to college, while also inspiring talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

At LearningWorks, a “students-teaching-students” model is used to achieve this mission. During  9 weeks of summer programming, 35 talented high school and college students work as teachers, advisors, and mentors for 120 middle school students from Minneapolis Public Schools, all under the guidance of veteran professional teachers. LearningWorks teachers represent many academic and personal backgrounds, but share a commitment to students and closing the opportunity gap.

For more information please contact:
Lauren Melzer, Curriculum & Instruction Director, at  lmelzer@blakeschool.org or 952-988-3878.


AVID Tutors
AVID is a college readiness system designed to help students:
‣learn and develop skills for college success
‣Research and choose a rewarding career
‣Research and choose an educational path to prepare for that career
‣Apply to, be accepted to, and obtain financing for the college of their choice

To apply please go to https://www.isd194.org/employment click on Frontline Lakeville Area Schools and then choose Support Staff.
Call Equity Services with questions, 952-232-2046.