PASS AmeriCorps is now accepting applications for recent
college graduates who want to volunteer to mentor local students and help them
stay in school and out of trouble.
The Promoting Achievement and Student Success, or PASS program,
administered locally by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE),
serves students in grades 3 through 12 at 21 schools across the county,
including campuses in San Diego, Oceanside, Vista, and Valley Center.
Each PASS AmeriCorps mentor provides support for 30 at-risk
students though academic engagement, community service projects, and parent
outreach. Through the mentors’ volunteer service, they’re able to facilitate
positive change in a school and community.
“Students don’t see the volunteers as an authority or as
other students,” said Marie E. Pecoraro, a project specialist who coordinates
the program for SDCOE. “They see them as a mentor and someone they can trust.”
There are as many as 27 full-time openings for the 2015-16
school year. Volunteers who are selected for the program will receive powerful
experience, a $1,250 monthly stipend, student loan deferment, professional
development, health benefits, and an educational award of $5,730 that can be
used to pay student loans or any other educational cost in the future.
information about the positions and application instructions are available
online. Applicants must be at least 22 years old and have a bachelor’s degree
as well as experience working with youth.
“This is a great opportunity for young future professionals,
those who really want to make a difference and do something meaningful,”
Applications will be accepted from all over the country, but
organizers are particularly interested in hearing from San Diego County
applicants. For more information, contact Pecoraro via email or at 858-569-5474.
The PASS AmeriCorps program
is part of the nationwide AmeriCorps
program, which engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each
year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based
groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than
900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in
service across the country.