A pair of Twin Cities-based programs are looking for current students or recent graduates who are interested in working with local high school students.

First, College Possible (formerly Admission Possible), which is open to recent college graduates and describes itself as

a nonprofit college access program, is recruiting recent college graduates to serve as AmeriCorps members helping make college admission and success a reality for low-income students!  We will be selecting close to 100 talented, idealistic people to serve in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Omaha and a new 4th site to be named soon.

A variety of positions may be available, including serving as a coach to high school juniors preparing to apply to college or to those already admitted and preparing for the transition. Other jobs include organizing college visits, practice exams, community service days, etc. They stress the following four points as highlights of the experience:

1.  We have 80+ socially-minded, idealistic, talented college graduates from around the country working hard towards a common goal.2.  AmeriCorps members are instrumental in the organization’s success and are making a real difference in helping make college admission and success possible for low-income students.  To date, 98% of our graduating seniors have been admitted to college.

3.  Members who serve with Admission Possible/College Possible gain understanding of the inner workings of a successful non-profit organization, and become extremely marketable for future graduate school and job endeavors.  Past members have gone on to attend graduate school at Harvard, Berkeley, and Stanford; others have pursued careers in social work, teaching, and law.

4.  Every year our AmeriCorps members become connected to an immediate social network of like-minded, idealistic recent graduates.  Past members have found some of their closest friends during their year of service.

If you’re interested or have questions (e.g., about benefits and placement), visit the College Possible website. Or get in touch with one of their coaches in the Twin Cities, former Bethel History major Lauren Peffley (’09) (e-mail her: LPeffley(at)admissionpossible.org).

Second, for current Bethel students (including those who will graduate this May)… Breakthrough St. Paul. A collaboration between Mounds Park Academy in Maplewood and the St. Paul Public Schools, Breakthrough is currently recruiting college students for paid teaching internships in their summer 2012 program. Those selected will take part in an intensive nine-week program: designing and teaching courses, planning field trips and other special events, and meeting with parents.

Learn more at the Breakthrough website. The deadline for 2012 internship applications is February 27, but interviews are given on a rolling basis, so they encourage early applications.

Students can learn more about Breakthrough St. Paul by attending an informational session at Bethel: next Thursday, February 9th, 10:15-11:00am, AC 228.

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