ST. PAUL (Feb. 12, 2013) — After she graduated from the University of Minnesota – Morris, Minneapolis native Lea Awoudi had several career options but decided the best thing she could do with her education was dedicate a year of service to College Possible Twin Cities.
“As a College Possible alum, College Possible played a big role in me getting a college degree,” Awoudi said. “As an AmeriCorps coach, nothing can compare to seeing hope, perseverance, and change come alive in my students.”
Now, Awoudi serves with College Possible Twin Cities supporting college students as they work toward their degree by connecting them to resources on their campus. After serving with AmeriCorps, Awoudi would like to pursue graduate school to study education policy and administration, with dreams of one day creating her own nonprofit organization.
“Serving with College Possible as an AmeriCorps member has given me some great critical, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills that I know I’m going to use in my future career,” Awoudi said. “Many of my students come from different backgrounds and being a coach has helped me to develop my own methods to successfully work with them.”
College Possible is now recruiting recent college graduates like Lea to fill over 130 AmeriCorps and VISTA full-time positions starting this summer. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated leadership, a high level of achievement in academics or employment and a commitment to making college admission and success possible for low-income students.
“Lea’s service with College Possible is just one example of many opportunities our AmeriCorps members have to make an impact on the lives of young people,” said College Possible Twin Cities Executive Director, Sara Dziuk. “The chance to serve with a team of talented people in a fun, professional environment helps our AmeriCorps alumni secure competitive opportunities after their term of service. They gain insight into the workings of a successful, nationally-expanding nonprofit.”
College Possible currently operates in Minnesota’s Twin Cities; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; and Portland, Oregon and attracts candidates from across the country. Last year, the organization received five applicants for every one position.
The application for AmeriCorps positions is now available at CollegePossible.org/AmeriCorps. Positions include direct service opportunities coaching high school and college students as well as capacity building roles such as communications, fundraising, human resources, event planning and program research. The final deadline is March 8 with interviews in early April.
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Launched in 2000, College Possible Twin Cities serves 8,600 low-income high school and college age students through its college access and completion programs.
Nationwide, College Possible’s innovative and award-winning model serves nearly 12,000 Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin students in 2012-13 with plans to reach 20,000 students annually in 10 locations across the country by 2020. According to a recent Harvard study, the program more than doubles a student’s chances of enrolling in college. More information atwww.CollegePossible.org.