Children, Youth and Families

Partners for After School Success (PASS)

Partners for After School Success is accepting applications for the term of service for full- and half-time positions! 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 1,00,000 people have served in AmeriCorps and the numbers continue to grow!

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 twelve 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 surrounding communities. Follow the Host Sites link for a description of host site opportunities.

PASS offers full and half-time member opportunities to meet the varied needs of those wanting to serve their community. All members begin their year of service on and end on . Full-time members serve 1,700 hours during the year (35 hours a week.) Half-time members serve 900 hours during the service year (20 hours a week.) PASS offers flexible scheduling for members who are attending school, but still want to serve. The majority of member service time is spent working directly with youth.

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 SMART goal-setting skills.
  • 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!

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Full-time (1,700-hour slots)
Part-time (900-hour slots)

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 tutor, run youth programs or teach SMART goals? 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 and SMART goals. We teach you the basics of reading and provide specific strategies to build fluency, comprehension and vocabulary reading skills in a 1:1 tutoring model. 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! 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 , 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 , 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:

  • 17 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 serve 900 or 1,700 hours between and .
  • Committed to helping youth and serving your community!

Benefits of PASS

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!

Get things done for America!

While serving, 900-hour members receive:

  • Living allowance of $285.38 every two weeks (pre-tax) for a total of $7,420.
  • Food stamps (if eligible).
  • Professional development training.
  • Option to put qualified student loans in forbearance during your term with accruied interest paid (prorated) upon successful completion of the program.
  • $2,907.50 Education Award upon successful completion of 900-hour term of service: www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/benefits/benefits_ed_award.asp.
  • Regional service trip paid for by PASS.
  • AmeriCorps service gear.

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

  • Living allowance of $538 every two weeks (pre-tax) for a total of $14,000.
  • Health, dental and vision insurance (single coverage, no premium costs).
  • Food stamps (if eligible).
  • Child-care subsidy (if eligible).
  • Professional development.
  • $5,815 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.
  • AmeriCorps service gear.
AmeriCorps members outdoors.

How to Join

PASS accepts applications from until slots are filled for the service year beginning . If you are interested in helping youth and serving the community, please complete an application and email it with your résumé to Bonnie Erickson at erickson.bonnie@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 Bonnie Erickson at (608) 242-6285 or erickson.bonnie@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.