Specialists

Join us as a Specialist Volunteer:

enScholar is a startup EdTech non-profit that creates free online career tools for high school students. Our vision is to help young people lead more meaningful, fulfilling lives by enabling better career decisions. We've helped students from over 20 countries find their paths, and we're looking to expand further. 

We've recently launched TryIt, a place for students to find STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning experiences. We find the best online resources (videos, workshops, tools) and local opportunities (volunteer jobs, events, conferences) related to a student’s interests and career prospects. We help teens make better decisions about college/careers – building their knowledge (and resumes) through gaining relevant experience. Our goal is to create a global community of students who are exploring, sharing, and engaging in the best resources and opportunities available to youth.  

An early release of TryIt (http://gotryit.org) has been built and is being beta tested with students in Metro Vancouver. We are now focussing on building up a database of high-quality experiences and are working with organizations such as NASA, FutureLearn, CreativeLive, Envato, and many others to feature micro-experiences.

                                                                                                

 

About the Position

Specialists are volunteers who contribute in one area of expertise, usually remotely, and with less management responsibility than the Core Team members. They are located in different parts of the globe, and typically contribute between 2-6 hours per week in areas such as (but not limited to):

  • Writing, editing & research (marketing content, blog posts, white papers, documents)
  • Graphic design (proficiency in photography and photoshop recommended)
  • User testing
  • Film and film editing
  • Human resources (volunteer recruitment and management)
  • School and organizational partnership development

*Note: The list above is not exhaustive, and if you have a talent of skill to contribute, please let us know about it in the Volunteer Application form. 

Assignments are typically flexible as well, so if you're not able to participate one week, you can join us when you have more time to contribute.

We typically have at least one hour-long, online team meeting each week that we highly recommend attending. Team meetings are an important time for us to talk about our overall direction, updates, and new TryIt features; it's also a great chance to connect all of the volunteers. See the application (below) for current team meeting times. If you are unable to make these meetings, please indicate it on your application form. 

 

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How will this role benefit you?

We look for people who are driven by our vision, and who are willing to work hard to achieve it.

If our mission resonates with you, everything else is icing on the cake. But since everyone likes a little icing, here are some additional benefits to volunteering with enScholar:

   ● You'll work with a values-oriented team that's committed to one thing: Helping students lead more fulfilling lives through making better career decisions.

   ● You'll be part of building an innovative technology nonprofit and learn the ins and outs of how a real startup organization operates.

   ● You'll have a flexible schedule and the ability to work from home and/or your favourite cafe.

   ● You'll gain experience and build your personal portfolio of work in a way that is highly visible to future employers. 

   ● We'll provide you with a reference letter to attest to your contribution after 12 weeks.  

   ● You'll build your network through volunteering with people from around the world who are interested in education, technology startups, and youth-development. 

 

Required Skills & Abilities: 

If you're a student or recent grad, we don't expect you to have a boatload of experience. What we do expect are the following:

● Alignment with our vision: We're a non-profit with a clear goal in mind. It's what drives us to do what we do. If you're genuinely excited about promoting our vision to others, we want to talk to you!

Experience and proven ability in a specific area: You'll need to have an online portfolio and/or example of your work, be it writing, design, video, or another area of expertise. You can add a link in the volunteer application form below. 

...and last but not least,

 ● Have a great attitude: We can't stress this enough. We've got a 'no jerks' policy, so you're guaranteed to work with great people. You've got to be willing to learn, try new things, and take constructive criticism. We're not looking to accommodate seasoned pros, we're looking to develop future leaders.

Bonus: If you have contacts and connections with high school teachers, principals, school districts, businesses/organizations involved with youth, or experience with fundraising, please let us know.

 

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Interested? First, check out gotryit.org, and sign up for a free enScholar volunteer account at enScholar.com. Try our tools out for yourself. This is a great way for you to learn about what we've created, and for us to find out more about your personal interests, strengths, and values.

Ready to apply? Fill out our Volunteer Application Form. Please only submit one form and specify up to three preferred positions. We receive hundreds of applications, so please be patient as we review your information. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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