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nXu Education


The application deadline for this opportunity has been extended to Tuesday, November 12, 2019. However, if you are interested in volunteering with us on an ad hoc basis after this date, you may complete the form at any time.

What is nXu?

nXu is a non-profit organization and an innovative youth purpose incubator that offers programming to help high school students explore, articulate, and pursue their purpose in life. This fall, nXu is launching a selective, 1-year, out-of-school fellowship program in San Antonio, Seattle, and New York City. The program brings together ~30 10th graders from a range of district, charter, private and parochial schools to form an intentionally diverse cohort that bridges race, gender, and class lines. During the school year, nXu Fellows gather twice per month for immersive sessions led by our Lead Compass Coach and a team of volunteer Compass Coaches.

What is the volunteer opportunity?

We are looking for passionate volunteer Compass Coaches who are excited to lead 10th grade nXu Fellows through this year-long Purpose Exploration journey. Using our curriculum, each volunteer Compass Coach will guide their Compass Team (~8 participants) through a series of pre-scripted and planned immersive activities, conversations, exercises, and reflections. With support from Compass Coaches, Fellows will form valuable bonds and expand their self-knowledge.

We are looking for volunteer Compass Coaches who:

  • Represent a range of identity markers and professional experiences.
  • Show an interest in exploring their own self-development.
  • Are eager to share their personal and professional wisdom and experiences.
  • Are intellectually curious, vulnerable, and ready to have a good time.
  • Are excited to be trained in providing an inclusive and engaging experience for students.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills and are capable of delivering pre-scripted content.
  • Want to guide nXu participants to reach their desired life purpose goals and help them reflect on various experiences.

What is the time commitment?

We ask that volunteer Compass Coaches attend:

  • A training session-dates will be scheduled based on volunteer Compass Coach availability.
  • The All-Day Launch Retreat from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
  • All subsequent 13 sessions. (See our website for dates and times). We are open to volunteers who may not be able to make every single session.

What else should I know?

nXu will set you up for success. Our team will ensure that volunteer Compass Coaches are positioned for success by providing thorough training in orientation and continuous coaching throughout the Fellowship volunteer experience. Volunteer Compass Coaches will receive pre-scripted session plans in order to successfully execute our curriculum.

nXu sessions are designed so that everyone who participates-including Compass Coaches-has the opportunity to learn from our curriculum. During each immersive session, the Lead Compass Coach (head facilitator) will set the tone and orient the nXu Fellows to the day’s learning objectives. With support from the Lead Compass Coach, volunteer Compass Coaches will guide the nXu Fellows through the day and support them in learning the session’s objective through a series of engaging activities/practices, reflections, and authentic conversations. Volunteer Compass Coaches will build a culture of curiosity and vulnerability, ask questions, lead discussions, share their own experiences, and actively engage in the day’s activities with the Fellows. Compass Coaches will walk away from each session having contributed to the development of the Fellows, while also learning something new about themselves.

What if I want to volunteer with nXu but don’t have the time to commit to being a volunteer Compass Coach?

No worries! We are open to volunteers who may not be able to make every single session. You can also fill out the volunteer form (see below) and select that you’re interested in ad hoc volunteer activities. We’ll have more volunteer opportunities come up.

Are you interested in volunteering with nXu?

  • Go to and click on the "Volunteer" icon to access the application.
  • A nXu team member will reach out to schedule an interview to get to know you.
  • If selected to become a volunteer Compass Coach, there will be a mandatory background check and training.
  • Please apply by Monday, October 21, 2019 for the Volunteer Compass Coach role. Ad hoc volunteers can fill out the form anytime.
If you have any questions, please contact nXu's Recruitment Manager, Cat Lum, at

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About nXu Education



Mission Statement

nXu is the brainchild of top educational leaders from some of the country’s most celebrated public and private high schools. With collective experience starting, leading, and growing 250+ high-quality K-12 schools and education initiatives nationwide, the nXu team noticed a critical gap in American high school education: even the most academically prepared students enter college at a disadvantage when they lack a clear sense of personal purpose. The nXu team is addressing this problem by building an innovative youth purpose incubator that brings together racially and socioeconomically diverse cohorts of high schoolers from different school types to explore, articulate, and pursue their purpose in life.


The research is clear and unequivocal: purpose is a fundamental human motive that is at the root of major markers of success throughout one’s life. Youth with a strong sense of purpose experience greater life satisfaction and physical, mental, and emotional well-being, perform better in school, and have higher rates of college retention. Adults with a strong sense of purpose also experience greater life satisfaction, financial and professional success, resilience, and longevity.

nXu starts in high school because adolescence marks a critical phase of purpose development. More than 75% of young adults report that they are searching for purpose and meaning in their lives, yet less than a quarter of high-school students have a sense of purpose. Currently, high schools-even some of the best ones-struggle to provide a customized, purpose-centered education because they are challenged to fulfill other priorities within limited time. Today’s youth need an engaging, inspiring, and inclusive learning environment for purpose development freed from the constraints of traditional schooling.


Sun Nov 03, 2019 - Sun May 03, 2020
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM  


1411 4th Ave.Seattle, WA 98101



  • Mentoring
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • Teens


  • Orientation or Training

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