Admission Possible receives four applications for every service position, making the process highly competitive. The number of submitted applications has grown more than 130% over the past three years while the number of available positions has grown only 50%.
Traci Kirtley, director of programming and evaluation at Admission Possible and staff lead for AmeriCorps recruitment said, “The perfect candidates not only want to change the world but are also willing to put in a lot of effort to do that. We want idealistic leaders who can welcome both the rewards and the challenges of our work.”
This Admission Possible goal attracted Mai See Yang, a St. Olaf social work major to seek membership. 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.
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. Being able to see that I made it through such a hard journey motivates me to motivate other students”.
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. 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.
On AmeriCorps focus on diversity, Kirtley added, “We seek 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”.
For more information about Admission Possible, AmeriCorps team, or for an application, visit http://www.admissionpossible.org/AmeriCorps.html http://www.admissionpossible.org/AmeriCorps.html AdmissionPossible. The priority application deadline is Feb 14 and the final application deadline is Mar 7.