St. Paul, Minn. (January 25, 2011) – Admission Possible is recruiting to fill more than 80 AmeriCorps positions in the next two months. The nonprofit offers free college prep programming to low-income students and is looking for high school and college coaches, community and events organizers and external relations team members.
It was Admission Possible’s mission that attracted current Admission Possible AmeriCorps member Mai See Yang, a St. Olaf social work major. Yang, a 2006 graduate from Arlington High School and the Admission Possible program, credits Admission Possible and her AmeriCorps coach with helping her raise her ACT score, earn admission to her first-choice college and become the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
“Having the help of Admission Possible and knowing that my coach was always there for me motivated and encouraged me to fulfill my dream of graduating from St. Olaf and getting my degree,” Yang said.
Her experience left her wanting to give back.
“My coach was an inspiration,” Yang said. “She inspired me to want to help students who I share a similar background with, who I can share experiences with.”
As a graduating senior last spring, Yang was looking for hands-on experience to help her prepare for the next step in her career: studying higher education and youth in graduate school.
A position at Admission Possible was the answer.
“I felt that coming back and serving with Admission Possible would give me hands on experience, as well as encourage me to overcome the challenges that I will face as I interact with students throughout my career,” Yang said. “Being able to see that I made it through such a hard journey motivates me to motivate other students.”
Admission Possible receives four applications for every service position, making the process highly competitive. The number of submitted applications has grown more than 130 percent over the past three years while the number of available positions has grown only 50 percent.
“The perfect candidates not only want to change the world but are also willing to put in a lot of effort to do that,” said Traci Kirtley, director of programming and evaluation at Admission Possible and staff lead for AmeriCorps recruitment. “We want idealistic leaders who can welcome both the rewards and the challenges of our work.”
Kirtley also focuses on diversity.
“We seek AmeriCorps members who share the experiences of our students,” she added. “Many of our current Corps members are first generation college graduates, people of color or come from a low-income background themselves.”
AmeriCorps members contribute to all areas of Admission Possible. Most will work directly with juniors and seniors in high schools, helping students prepare for the ACT exam and fill out applications for colleges and financial aid. A team of AmeriCorps college coaches reaches out to Admission Possible students who have graduated high school and are pursuing higher education.
Some members serve by building the capacity of the organization by supporting fundraising and communication efforts as well as assisting with expansion efforts. Applicants have the possibility of serving in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, or a third site in a major U.S. city yet to be determined.
For more information about Admission Possible’s AmeriCorps team or for an application, visit www.admissionpossible.org/AmeriCorps.html. The priority application deadline is February 14 and the final application deadline is March 7.
Admission Possible is a nonprofit organization founded in Minnesota in 2000 and making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. The program currently operates in two metro areas – the Twin Cities and Milwaukee, with the goal of working in as many as 10 cities by 2015.
In 2010-11, Admission Possible is serving more than 1,600 low-income high school students through its core program, supporting 2,750 former high school program participants as they pursue a college degree and providing 3,000 freshmen and sophomores with college planning workshops. Since 2000, 98 percent of Admission Possible students have earned admission to college.