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PASS AmeriCorps

Partners for After School Success (PASS) is currently accepting applications for summer positions to start in June 2024!

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What is PASS?

Partners for After School Success (PASS) members contribute to AmeriCorps national goals by Getting Things Done in Dane County, Wisconsin! PASS is a multi-site program run by the Dane County Department of Human Services in partnership with eleven host site agencies that provide youth development programming. PASS AmeriCorps members serve at host sites in predominantly low-income or resource-scarce communities with the goal of addressing the unmet educational needs of middle and high school youth through academic coaching and tutoring; providing extended learning programs that build social-emotional learning skills and engaging youth in service to the community.

PASS host sites include schools, private agencies, neighborhood centers, and youth resource centers in Madison and surrounding communities.

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What does a PASS Member do?

PASS members spend their year of service doing these activities and more!

  • Provide academic coaching to middle and high school youth
  • Engage youth in volunteer service using a service-learning model
  • Facilitate extended learning programs during after school hours to enhance social skills and promote school engagement
  • Support host site adult volunteer recruitment and management efforts
  • Be a mentor and serve as a positive influence in the lives of young people
  • Provide local or regional disaster relief in short-term deployments
  • Play a significant role in national service efforts to benefit the community and country
  • Have fun, learn, and grow while Getting Things Done!

    Apply Now!

    • Summer Positions (300-hour slots) - Accepting Applications!
      • The position begins on June 10, 2024 and ends on August 24, 2024.
      • Applications are accepted until all position slots have been filled.
      • Position Description
      • PASS AmeriCorps Application: Word Doc | PDF
    • Full-Time (1,700-hour slots) – Coming soon!
    • Half-Time (900-hour slots) – Coming soon!


    • 17 years of age or older;
    • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident or U.S. national;
    • A high school graduate or equivalent;
    • Summer Positions: able and willing to serve 300 hours between June 10, 2024 and August 24, 2024
    • Committed to helping youth and serving your community!

    If you are interested in helping youth and serving your community, please complete an application and email it with your résumé to Bonnie Erickson at

    Questions? Please contact Bonnie at the email above.


    PASS Benefits

    There are countless benefits to a year of service—most cannot be quantified. These are just a few:

    • Staff dedicated to you and your experience
    • Knowing you changed the life of a youth
    • Over 100 hours of professional development training
    • Make lifelong friends
    • Explore career opportunities
    • Build your résumé and professional network
    • Enhance your leadership skills
    • Make a difference
    300 hour Summer members also receive:
    • Living allowance of $651.67 every two weeks (pre-tax)
    • Food stamps (if eligible)
    • Professional development training
    • Option to put qualified student loans in forbearance during your term with accrued interest paid (prorated) upon successful completion of the program
    • $1,459.26 education award upon successful completion of the 300 hour term of service
    • AmeriCorps service gear
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    Across the nation every day...

    80,000 AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the most critical issues facing the country serving in three Corps branches including:

    • AmeriCorps Vista whose members fight poverty;
    • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps whose members are often the first to respond to natural disasters;
    • AmeriCorps State & National whose members serve with nonprofit and community groups. PASS is a State & National program.

    Since its inception in 1994, over 1,000,000 people have served in AmeriCorps and the numbers continue to grow!

    Every year, AmeriCorps members:

    • Mobilize 3 million community volunteers
    • Tutor, mentor, and provide enrichment programming for 2.5 million youth
    • Expand the capacity of over 14,000 nonprofit and community organizations

    AmeriCorps invests in those who serve by creating future leaders, advancing educational opportunities through Education Awards, and building a sense of civic engagement.

    Additional information on AmeriCorps is available here.

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    Professional Development

    PASS is committed to providing members the opportunity, support, and skills needed to improve youth literacy, create & facilitate extended learning programs and lead service-learning projects while developing the confidence and professional skill set needed to launch a successful career.

    Not sure how to provide academic support, run youth programs, or engage youth in service-learning? No problem! PASS provides extensive training in September and October to prepare members to confidently and effectively deliver its core activities! We cover youth work topics including how to build relationships, re-direct behavior, and how to develop and facilitate after-school clubs to build social-emotional skills. We teach you the basics of academic coaching and provide specific strategies to use with students during classroom learning. We teach a modified service-learning model so members can successfully introduce youth to the rewards of volunteer service.

    In addition to the foundational training, we provide members with over 100 hours of professional development including workshops on youth-related topics such as homelessness and student mobility, mental health and trauma, bullying response, LGBTQ+ issues, immigration, citizenship, and how to provide culturally-informed youth work. We also provide members with on-going peer and supervisory support as every member has a dedicated supervisor trained in AmeriCorps and PASS responsibilities at their host site. Many of our supervisors are PASS alumni! Finally, members have the opportunity to develop and present a workshop with and for their peers, lead service events, develop clubs at their host site and participate in the annual Alternative Spring Break service trip.

    Employers are taking notice of AmeriCorps, with many joining the Employers of National Service Initiative—a concerted effort to connect AmeriCorps alumni to employers who understand the value alumni bring to their organization. Check it out!

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    Grant funding for Partners to After School Success is provided by Serve Wisconsin through the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is against the law for organizations that receive federal financial assistance from the Corporation for National Service to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, or religion. It is also unlawful to retaliate against any person who, or organization that, files a complaint about such discrimination.