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Join The Elevate Team

Want to work on creative projects to address real issues with high school students?

At Elevate, we aim to provide an experience that is as much of a learning opportunity for the high school student participants as it is for the Gordon student staff. The program provides an opportunity to:

  • Learn and implement asset-based community development
  • Explore your own strengths on a team
  • Build incredible friendships with students from across the globe (and from across Gordon’s campus!)

Elevate staff members are chosen based on their fit for the program and the program's fit with the applicant's personal goals. Staff members are required to be on Gordon College's campus for:

  • Staff training (July 9–July 14, 2018)
  • Week of Elevate (July 15–July 22, 2018)

Gordon students can apply to be Support Staff, Peer Mentor, or let us know that you are open to either. Please read the job descriptions below.

Staff applications open in March 2018. Please email  if you are considering applying!

Peer Mentor

  • Cares for each students’ basic needs.
  • Is prepared to coach each student and guide them according to their strengths
  • Is prepared to empower students’ strategies and real-world impact ideas so that they can be seen as feasible projects by the end of the week.
  • Is able to facilitate group participation and mediate group dynamics.
  • Is able to listen to students who come from diverse backgrounds.
  • Is able to integrate faith and leadership effectively.

Peer mentors are responsible for coaching a small group of high school juniors and seniors as they conduct research and work collaboratively to solve a real-world problem. Peer mentors will also support team building exercises on the La Vida ropes course, facilitate discussion, and proactively identify student strengths. A strong peer mentor candidate is one who possesses exceptional interpersonal skills, works well with groups, is familiar with the Strengths Quest assessment, has experience conducting research, and is in good academic standing at Gordon. A strong candidate is able to facilitate students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, mediate conflicts if they should arise, and demonstrate great responsibility.

On-Campus housing provided.

Compensation: $750 + Room and Board

Support Staff

  • Aids the Director by planning and executing the events of the week.
  • Acts as support to the peer mentors by co-facilitating groups.
  • Is able to take direction quickly and make responsible decisions.
  • Is able to take responsibility for details and needs as they arise during the week.
  • Is able to listen to students who come from diverse backgrounds.
  • Is able to integrate faith and leadership effectively.

Support Staff members are the backbone of the leadership program. These staff facilitate transportation to and from the airport, check-in and check-out, setup and tear down for events, organize social activities for student groups, and work under tight deadlines. Support Staff members are paired with two Peer Mentors to relieve them and take charge of the group in the evening and afternoon activities. An exceptional Support Staff candidate will be a self-starter who works well independently as well as on a team. This individual possesses a strong work ethic, strong organizational skills, and an ability to improvise and make wise decisions.

On-Campus housing provided.

Compensation: $750 + Room and Board