The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is looking for 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 become leaders. Serving as a PASS AmeriCorps mentor provides service 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, Escondido, Valley Center, and Carlsbad. The program targets students who are struggling in grades, attendance, and/or behavior. They 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, weekly team meetings, and weekly 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, and experience working with youth is preferred. 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 10-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 Sept. 1, 2021 and concludes June 30, 2022.
Up to 39 full-time positions are available for the 2021-22 school year. Applicants selected for the program will receive a living allowance of $1,500 gross per month of service for first year AmeriCorps Members and $1,700 gross per month of service for verified second year AmeriCorps Members, a health care package through AmeriCorps, and $6,345 Segal Educational Award and $3,655 California for All Award* (for a total of $10,000*) upon completing the year of national service. *subject to final budget appropriation
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 270,000 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 1.6 billion hours in service.