"Admission Possible has applied the concept of national service to the issue of college access and provided an innovative and effective solution here in the Twin Cities," said Eisner. "By helping open the doors of college to more high school students, these AmeriCorps members are providing a powerful and life-changing service." Chief Executive Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service, David Eisner, spent an afternoon with Admission Possible AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members as part of a broader trip to Minnesota today. Eisner, head of the federal agency overseeing all national service programs in the nation, took time to debrief with Admission Possible leadership and current AmeriCorps members, and stopped in to observe service members coaching their students at Arlington High School, one of the 15 area high schools with the Admission Possible program.
"Admission Possible has applied the concept of national service to the issue of college access and provided an innovative and effective solution here in the Twin Cities," said Eisner. "By helping open the doors of college to more high school students, these AmeriCorps members are providing a powerful and life-changing service."
Admission Possible, a heavy recruiter of Upper Midwest college graduates to serve as AmeriCorps members and VISTAs was just selected as one of just over 100 businesses and organizations in the nation to be recognized in Princeton Review's 2008 Best Entry Level Jobs. Every year Admission Possible receives multiple applications for each of the more than 40 AmeriCorps service positions they post for service at the nonprofit serving low-income high school juniors and seniors.
"This was a great opportunity for Mr. Eisner to see the AmeriCorps model at work for the greater good," said Jim McCorkell, founder and CEO of Admission Possible. "When 98 percent of all of the students we have ever served are getting into college and our AmeriCorps service members going on to amazing community-service centered careers, the efforts of the Corporation and our state partners in Minnesota are well worth it!"
Admission Possible is a nonprofit organization founded in Minnesota in 2000 and dedicated to helping promising low-income high school students prepare for and earn admission to college. Admission Possible works to make college possible by providing their students with four free critical services: (1) ACT and SAT test preparation; (2) intensive assistance in preparing college applications; (3) help in obtaining financial aid; and (4) guidance in the transition to college. Admission Possible currently serves 1,200 students at 15 high schools in the metro area, and has helped 98 percent of its students earn admission to college since its founding in 2000.
To apply to be an AmeriCorps service member or VISTA with Admission Possible, find additional information and the applications at www.AdmissionPossible.org. The deadlines to apply: February 29, 2008 for priority consideration and March 24, 2008 is the final deadline.