St. Paul Nonprofit Offers College Grads Meaningful Work
Admission Possible AmeriCorps Coach Eagan Heath works on FAFSA with a Humboldt High School Student.
St. Paul, Minn. (February 9, 2010) – Admission Possible offices in St. Paul and Milwaukee are recruiting to fill more than 60 AmeriCorps positions in the next two months. The nonprofit offers free college prep programming to promising, low-income high school students and is looking for high school and college coaches, community and events organizers and external relations team members.
Admission Possible’s mission attracted current Admission Posisble AmeriCorps member Liz Abbas, an organizational communication major from Bethel University.
“A friend of mine actually went through Admission Possible, and I saw how much it had changed her life,” Abbas said. “It seemed like an incredible way to develop my career while making an impact.”
As a graduating senior at the time, Abbas explained the high goals she set for herself when she started searching for a position last winter. Earning a coveted position with Admission Possible became the answer. “With the economy, securing a truly meaningful entry-level position was – and is – kind of a luxury,” Abbas said, “but I was holding out hope. I didn’t want to settle for something that would just pay the bills.”
Receiving four applications for every one service position at Admission Possible means the process is a competitive one. Alissa Wachter, the Admission Possible staff lead for AmeriCorps recruitment, said, “We want idealistic leaders. Our work is rewarding, but it’s also challenging. The perfect candidates not only want to change the world but are also willing to put in a lot of effort to do that.”
Wachter also focuses on diversity. “We seek AmeriCorps members who share the experiences of our students. 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 directly work with juniors and seniors in Twin Cities metro area high schools, practicing for the ACT exam and filling out applications for colleges and financial aid. There is also a team of AmeriCorps college coaches that 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 planning events and service opportunities.
With just one month until applications close, Wachter is optimistic about next year’s team. “Every year we see such talented young people apply. It’s exciting to help them develop as leaders.”
For more information about Admission Possible’s AmeriCorps team or for an application, visit www.admissionpossible.org/AmeriCorps.html. Applications are open until March 8.