What is an Adult Advisor?
Adult Advisors are a pivotal part of the B3 program. While the mission of the organization in to develop leadership skills in high school students, we depend on our adult leaders to help them achieve these skills and guide them towards being caring, responsible leaders that will affect positive change in world.
Most of our Adult Advisors have been a part of the B3 program for many years – some have even been involved since the very beginning! Many are parents of former or current students in the B3 program, some are alumni (33% of our advisors this year are alumni!), some are teachers who have witnessed their students be transformed by the B3 experience and want to experience themselves, and some have heard stories from a friend or colleague and decided to get involved. No matter what their motivation, all adult leaders have a passion to work with youth to develop leadership skills, participate in cultural exchange and work with a dynamic team of students and other adults to complete needed construction projects for communities and form an impermeable bond.
What is expected of an advisor?
While participation as a B3 Adult Advisor is an incredible, life-changing and fun opportunity, it is also a big commitment. We ask that advisors participate in the many B3 events scheduled throughout the year. For this, we ask that all new prospective advisors live in the local area. Being a part of B3 is a big commitment and a year-round program. Adult Advisors must be committed to attending team meetings and events. The role of a B3 Advisor is demanding and requires active involvement in the program from July through June.
All Adult Advisors (new and returning) must meet the following requirements. For attendance-related activities, no more than 2 absences are permitted:
- Attend the MANDATORY three (3)-part B3 Leadership Workshop
- Attend the team retreat
- Attend monthly meetings
- Live locally in order to attend all meetings, events, and community service projects
- Meet with a B3 representative to discuss expectations and information for the year (new advisors only)
- Support fundraising efforts, including the car raffle ticket sales
- Interact/communicate regularly with the students assigned to you
- Respond promptly to all emails from B3
- Attend the end-of-the-year Despedida party
- Six hours of local community service. Every team-based community service project must have at least two advisors from that team at the project.
We ask Advisors to meet these expectations and act as true inspirational leaders and guides, demonstrating integrity, patience, tolerance, responsibility, compassion, a thirst for adventure, and a sense of humor.
Advisors can expect B3 to provide a safe, supportive environment for them and their and students. The B3 program will arrange and share all relevant information regarding projects, trips, and other activities.
All advisors, both new and returning must provide proof of a valid passport each year. Your passport must be VALID for 6 months after the day you return to the US. For example, if you are traveling with a February team, your passport must be valid through the end of August of the same year. THIS IS AN AIRLINE AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENT. Furthermore, B3 purchases airline tickets for all participants several months before departure and must submit valid passport numbers upon time of purchase. If you do not have a valid passport, please notify the B3 office of the application date for your passport.
How much does it cost to be and Advisor?
The total Adult Advisor program cost (includes initial deposit) of the 2014-2015 Builders Beyond Borders Program is dependent on the date of enrollment (see below). A deposit is due with this Application, without which the Advisor cannot be accepted into the program. This figure includes a nonrefundable $100 administrative fee. Many people apply for a limited number of Adult Advisor openings. If we are unable to place an applicant on a team, this fee will be returned and we will hold your application in the event that space becomes available..
Advisors are invited to take part in B3’s traditional fundraising efforts, e.g., Building Block Letters and product sales. Financial aid is available.
Program costs are as follows by date:
➢ March 25, 2015 – May 31, 2015: Deposit – $375; total program cost – $675
➢ June 1, 2015 – July 15, 2015: Deposit – $425; total program cost – $725
➢ After July 15, 2015: Deposit – $500; total program cost – $800
How do I apply to be an Adult Advisor?
Please contact Amy Schroeder-Riggio if you are interested in becoming an Adult Advisor. Once you submit your application, you will be directed to a waiver (click here to see it now), which you must print, complete, and return to the B3 office. In addition, a receipt and a copy of your application will be emailed to you.