Children, Youth and Families

Partners for After School Success (PASS)

Partners for After School Success is accepting applications for part-time, 675-hour slots to start on . Applications are due on . Service opportunities are available at Madison Middle Schools and at the Kennedy Heights and Bridge Lake Point Neighborhood Centers. Make a difference! Apply today!

AmeriCorps—The big picture!

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 , over 900,000 people have served in AmeriCorps and the numbers grow each year!

Getting Things Done!

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 at www.americorps.gov.

What is PASS?

Partners for After School Success 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 thirteen 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 literacy tutoring and academic support; 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 rural Dane County. Follow the Host Sites link for a description of host site opportunities.

Members commit to serving 1,700 hours between and . The majority of these hours are spent working directly with youth at the host site.

What does a PASS Member do?

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

  • Tutor middle and high school youth in literacy to improve reading skills
  • 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.
  • Teach youth employment skills and conduct career exploration trainings.
  • 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!

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Full-time (1,700-hour slots)
Part-time (675-hour slots)

Professional Development

PASS offers weekly professional development opportunities and on-going peer and supervisory support. Members participate in over 100 hours of professional development training on literacy tutoring; extended learning programs; youth work skills including building relationships and behavior redirection; youth volunteerism; culturally-informed youth work; mandated reporting; civic engagement; conflict resolution in the work place; and issues impacting youth such as bullying, immigration, mental health & trauma, poverty and homelessness. Members are enrolled in the Youth Resource Network, a county-wide network of educators and youth workers, to access training events and begin developing their own professional connections.

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.

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! www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/employers-national-service

Service Trips

Participating in service efforts is an option that has become a PASS tradition. Every year, members have the opportunity to spend their spring break on a regional service trip of their choosing. In 2015-16, members spent a week with the American Hiking Society building trails in Missouri. Members kick off the year with a service activity in remembrance of September 11, engage youth in national service days and plan other events throughout the year including Ice Age Trail builds, food drives and environmental projects!

To be eligible for PASS, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident or U.S. national;
  • A high school graduate or equivalent;
  • Able and willing to commit 675 hours of service between and .
  • Interested in helping youth and serving your community!

Benefits of PASS

There are countless benefits to a year of service. 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!

Get things done for America!

While serving, 1,700-hour, full-time members receive:

  • Living allowance of $14,000 for 1,700-hour slots (approximately $538 every two weeks, pre-tax);
  • Health, dental and vision insurance (single coverage, no premium costs);
  • Food stamps (if eligible);
  • Child-care subsidy (if eligible);
  • Professional development training through PASS and the Youth Resource Network;
  • $5,775 Education Award upon successful completion of 1,700-hour term of service: www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/benefits/benefits_ed_award.asp;
  • Option to put qualified student loans in forbearance during your term with accrued interest paid upon successful completion.
  • Regional service trip paid for by PASS;
  • Enrollment in AmeriCorps Alumni.

While serving, 675-hour members receive:

  • Living allowance of $5,600 for 675-hour slots (approximately $350 every two weeks, pre-tax);
  • Food stamps (if eligible);
  • Professional development training through PASS and the Youth Resource Network;
  • $2,199.92 Education Award upon successful completion of your term of service: www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/benefits/benefits_ed_award.asp;
  • Option to put qualified student loans in forbearance during your term with accrued interest paid upon successful completion.
  • Regional service trip paid for by PASS;
  • Enrollment in AmeriCorps Alumni.
AmeriCorps members outdoors.

How to Join

PASS is accepting applications for 675-hour slots through . If you are interested in helping youth and serving the community, please complete an application and email it with your résumé to Connie Bettin at bettin@countyofdane.com.

Upon receipt of the completed application, an informational phone call will be scheduled to tell you more about the program and the application process.

Questions: Please contact Connie Bettin at (608) 242-6422 or bettin@countyofdane.com.

Make a Difference! Serve! Join PASS AmeriCorps

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.