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Who WE Are

SAGA transforms the lives of at-risk students by giving them the skills, the attention and the self-esteem they need to achieve. Our tool is tutoring. Not your average, once-a-week, after-school tutoring, but rather “high dosage” tutoring: personalized instruction…from professional fellows who tutor…for one class period every day…for an entire school year.

Like most innovations, the concept is simple but the results are profound. Data shows that our tutoring methods dramatically improve what students can achieve. Which is everything. Because the ability to achieve can transform even the most hopeless student. And when you transform a student, you transform a life.

Who YOU Are

SAGA Fellows are full-time tutors working with students in some of the most disadvantaged school districts in the nation – the students nobody thinks can succeed. In our 10-month program, SAGA Fellows help transform these students through daily, personalized tutoring in a program that is achieving extraordinary results. In Chicago, for example, SAGA students gained more than 2.5 years of growth in math in just one year of tutoring.

SAGA Fellows are recent college grads, mid-life career changers, recent retirees – anyone dedicated to social justice and looking for a profound experience in helping students to achieve. While we require Fellows to have a college degree, most do not have a degree in education. We do require strong math skills, as our program is currently focused on tutoring 9th grade Algebra.

What YOU Do

SAGA Fellows serve a year in a Chicago or New York City public school. Fellows spend the service year tutoring math, working with the same 14 students every day in groups of 1 tutor: 2 students. SAGA tutoring occurs as a stand-alone class period and is built into the regular school day as an elective course for credit.

As a SAGA Fellow, you will:

  • Tutor 14 students. You’ll spend one school year working with the same students every day, two at a time, serving as their mentor and helping them achieve specific academic goals.

  • Develop tutoring skills. You’ll receive in-depth training in tutoring techniques and in managing student behavior, and you’ll receive constant daily feedback from your site director to help you improve as a tutor.

  • Build relationships. In addition to strong relationships with your students, you’ll communicate regularly with their families to create the most successful and supportive learning environment for your pupils.

WHY Join

Want to transform American public education? Want to eliminate, not narrow, the achievement gap? Want to transform the life of a student? Then apply to be a SAGA Fellow TODAY! People join for many reasons. Some are taking a gap-year before graduate/professional school and want to do something meaningful. Others are interested in exploring a career in non-profits or education, or simply are passionate about social justice.

See SAGA in action and hear from the amazing students we serve:

Apply online today!


KEY Ingredients

The ideal Fellow is open-minded, patient, excited about education reform, organized, a self-starter, a team player, is comfortable working with adolescent students, and should have effective communication skills. This role requires hard work, creativity, and a dedication to helping students beat the odds, achieve academic success, and build strong relationships.

  • Bachelor’s degree required (ALL majors accepted; an education major or minor is NOT required).

  • Strong basic high school math skills—you will take a math test as one step in landing this position.

  • Passion for education reform and hunger for feedback.

  • Prior coaching, tutoring or teaching experience is helpful.

  • Previous paid or volunteer experience with students is helpful.

  • Proficiency in Spanish is highly valued, but not required.

  • Peace Corps and other National Service alumni encouraged to apply.



Fellows receive a stipend for 10 months of work; Fellows also get off all school vacations and federal holidays (about 25 days), have access to health and dental care, and can opt into a flexible savings account.



  • Location: Chicago, New York City

  • Job Type: Full-time

  • Job Category: Education, Teaching, Youth Services, Nonprofit, Nonprofit – Other, social Services, Social Justice, Tutoring, Other (anything that makes sense and isn’t a lie)

  • Majors Recruited: ALL

  • Degree Levels Recruited: Bachelors, Masters

  • Position Types: Full-time, Gap/Service Year (if available)

  • We will NOT consider students that require sponsorship. If there’s space to write more regarding international students, write the following: “While we do not sponsor visas for international students, we will consider OPT/CPT eligible students for our SAGA Fellowship.”

  Metro Area Chicago IL
  Job Location City Chicago
  Job Location State Illinois
  Job Location Zip 60653
  Job Location Country United States
  Compensation Salary From: 19,500 To: 20,000
  Job Category Education and Training
  Prefered Experience 1 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
  Job Posting Date Aug. 11, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name SAGA Innovations
  Organizational Focus Education and Academia
  Contact Person Ashlie Tyler
  Contact Phone (339) 203-4700
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email
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