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 Mentors Needed for PASS AmeriCorps Program

PASS Americorps mentors can make a difference in a student's life.

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is looking for recent college graduates who have a passion for service and working with students to join its PASS AmeriCorps Program.

PASS AmeriCorps is accepting applications for college graduates to mentor students in local elementary, middle, and high schools to help them stay in school and out of trouble. Serving as a PASS AmeriCorps mentor provides work and leadership experience, as well as professional development. 

The program, administered locally by SDCOE, serves students in grades 3 through 12 at 30 schools across the county, including campuses in San Diego, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Valley Center. The program provides mentors in neighborhoods that are disadvantaged and impacted by gang activity. The students who work with mentors are referred by counselors, administrators, and other school officials to receive academic support, character development lessons, and service-learning opportunities throughout the school year.

PASS AmeriCorps mentors are assigned individually or in pairs to a school site. Mentors are responsible for implementing the PASS AmeriCorps Program model, maintaining program and student records, facilitating parent outreach, and organizing activities for National Days of Service. Mentors receive extensive orientation training, ongoing professional development, frequent team meetings, and weekly on-site coaching from an assigned PASS AmeriCorps supervisor.

Applications are being accepted online now. Applicants must be at least 22 years old and hold a minimum of an associate’s degree or equivalent, be proficient in Microsoft Office, own a vehicle, possess a valid driver's license, and provide proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency. Experience working with youth is preferred, and Spanish-speaking skills are a plus. Candidates will be required to complete SDCOE and AmeriCorps applications, clearance and reference checks, and TB testing, as well as submit college transcripts and sign a term-of-service contract. 

The position is full-time during school hours Monday through Friday, with an 11-month commitment and a minimum of 1,700 contract hours. Additional time commitments include one additional hour per week for mandatory team meetings, as well as some mandatory weeknights and weekend days or nights. The program starts Aug. 20 and concludes June 30, 2019.

Up to 39 full-time positions are available for the 2018-19 school year. Applicants selected for the program will receive a living allowance of $15,000 paid out in equal monthly installments, a health care package through AmeriCorps, and an educational award of $5,920 upon completing the year of national service.

SDCOE’s PASS AmeriCorps program – Promoting Achievement and Student Success – collaborates with the schools to focus on improving academics, behavior, and attendance through character development, academic support, and opportunities for positive school and community engagement. The program goals are designed to engage participating students in meaningful mentoring relationships that help them realize their dreams through experiencing academic success, making healthy choices, and developing positive leadership roles at school and in the community. PASS AmeriCorps strives to empower youth to reach their fullest potential and become positive leaders.

The PASS AmeriCorps program is part of the nationwide AmeriCorps program, which engages more than 80,000 Americans annually in intensive service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community- and faith-based groups. Since the program's founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service.