Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I join the Youth Passion Project?
A: We’re always looking for new instructors and leadership to join our collaborative, diverse, & talented team! We highly encourage you to apply for a position at youthpassionproject.org/apply. Currently, application forms are open to join as an instructor from anywhere or Chapter President for any new area. Until late January 2021, applications will also be open to join our global leadership team for the 2021-22 academic year. All you have to do is answer a few brief questions, and we’ll reach out to schedule a Zoom interview. We’re so excited to meet you!
Q: I filled out the application form. What’s next?
A: We’ve received your application and are in the process of reviewing it. As long as you received a confirmation email (it may have gone to spam), we have your application. You’ll need to complete an application interview and should hear from us at some point to schedule that. If you don’t hear from someone within two weeks of applying, please contact the Human Resources & Selection Office, mentioning your full name and the position you applied for.
Q: Who are the interviewers? What is the purpose of the interview?
A: Applications and interviews are overseen by the Committee on Human Resources and Selection and its more than ten Subcommittees, which comprise a total of more than thirty Officers, Directors, Chapter Presidents, and Instructors. All of these Subcommittees are held to high standards of fairness and thoroughness. Each application are assigned to one of these Subcommittees, each of which consists of at least three and often more individuals. The full Committee often takes a role in the review process as well. The purpose of interviews is to get to know you beyond a resumé and an email address: We care immensely about who you are and how you would contribute to our community. You’ll also have the chance to get to know the Youth Passion Project better, and ask us any questions you may have.
Q: What happens after the interview?
A: After your interview, your application will be discussed on more than one occasion by an assigned Subcommittee. Within two weeks after the interview, you should receive our decision on your application. Only decisions communicated by the Chair of the Committee on Human Resources & Selection or the Chair of an authorized Subcommittee represent official selection decisions of the Youth Passion Project.
Q: What do I need to do if I am applying as an instructor?
A: We highly recommend that you come to your interview with a rudimentary plan or outline of your course. It does not need to be fully fleshed out or completed, but it is often very helpful to us and to you to have an idea of what content you would cover and how.
Q: What makes a great instructor applicant?
A: There is no formula for a great instructor. But on the whole, we are looking for people who are passionate, experienced, devoted, professional, organized, personable, and prepared. That said, a very wide range of people have been offered instructor positions at the Project: in fact, one of the Youth Passion Project’s greatest strengths is the wide variety of talents, personalities, experiences, and points of view in our over 100 instructors. If you are in doubt, we implore you to apply! We will consider you individually, seriously, and holistically.
Q: What type of course should I propose teaching?
A: In our opinion, the best candidates bring courses that they are truly passionate about but can also teach in an online setting. This means that you should have real experience and devotion for your subject area, but should also be able to devise a way to teach it to students via Zoom. If you put effort and time into developing your idea, we promise that will show.
Q: What does it mean that my instructor application was provisionally accepted?
A: We’d love for you to join our team! However, we do need you to make a change to your curriculum for your course or something else as specified in the email with your decision. Assuming you can successfully make this change, we welcome you to our community with open arms.
Q: What does it mean that my instructor application was deferred? How can I improve my chances?
A: In order to maintain the success of the Youth Passion Project’s model, centered on small class sizes and a close knit community, very few instructors can be accepted at one time. We often receive far more applications than the number of roles we can offer. Therefore, we often defer applications to the next teaching session for further consideration. You will receive a final decision on your instructor application within six weeks of being deferred. If this happens to you, it means we are still very interested in your course and/or candidacy: we think you’d make a great addition to our community but just don’t have the space right now! To greatly improve your chances of being accepted as an instructor in the following session, please follow all directions given in the decision communication. We might request a curriculum from you or something else to supplement your application. We look forward to considering you again!