Safe Passages AmeriCorps Program

Oakland, California, United States | COVID-19 remote


About Safe Passages 

Safe Passages is an Oakland, CA based nonprofit organization committed to advocating for children, youth, and families- with a special emphasis on vulnerable populations- within the County of Alameda. We are looking for passionate, motivated and dedicated individuals like you to join one of our education focused AmeriCorps programs for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

By choosing a year of service with AmeriCorps, you will have the opportunity to help meet critical needs for vulnerable populations in Alameda County, CA. As a member of our AmeriCorps team you will develop professional skills, gain hands-on experiences that will reshape your worldview, and change the way you engage with your community — all while making a difference!  

About AmeriCorps 

AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, safety, health, and the environment. Safe Passages partners with AmeriCorps to provide full-time and part-time service opportunities in Title I schools in Oakland. Safe Passages AmeriCorps members dedicate 900-1700 hours of service per term in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living allowance supported by our AmeriCorps grant. AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about education and the nonprofit sector. For more information, please visit 

Notice: The Safe Passages AmeriCorps program is administered by California Volunteers and sponsored by Corporation for National and Community Service. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Interest in working with children (experience in teaching, tutoring or youth development desirable but not required) 
  • A positive and resilient attitude 
  • Communication skills necessary to work with children, school staff, and volunteers 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage a full workload 
  • Flexibility and poise when dealing with stressful situations 
  • Experience working with diverse communities 
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service 
  • Bilingual desirable but not required 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Commitment to the full term of service (until July 2022) 
  • All members must pass criminal history check, including FBI, DOJ, and NSOPW searches 
  • Proof of tuberculosis clearance 
  • High school diploma or equivalent (although some college work is preferred) 
  • Proof of citizenship or legal permanent resident status. 


Academic Intervention Specialist  

The ELEV8 Youth AmeriCorps Program is a special project of Safe Passages focused on helping youth achieve academic success. AmeriCorps Members in this program provide academic intervention services to a cohort of 5-10 underperforming youth, with the goal of raising student achievement by a minimum of one full functional grade level. Members are placed at one of 12 schools in Oakland, Union City, or Emeryville, CA for a full academic year. 

Primary Responsibilities 

Day Time Intervention 

  • Provide targeted academic support using small group and 1:1 instruction. 
  • Input and analyze student data trends using digital data management systems. 
  • Build relationships with teachers and school administrators. 
  • Prepare materials and internalize content for during school interventions and after school programming. 

After School Program 

  • Implement daily curriculum including academic content, social-emotional learning opportunities, and enrichment activities. 
  • Build and maintain a safe and supportive learning environment. 
  • Collaborate with manager and cohort to create your own engaging lesson plans. 
  • Engage families and communities to participate in evening family events and workshops. 
  • Keep accurate records relating to participants’ daily attendance, snack, and family participation, and submit all materials required by Program Manager. 

Weekly Professional Development 

  • Explore relevant trends in academic instruction and effective engagement strategies. 
  • Collaborate with grade level cohorts to generate relevant content and activities 
  • Expand our understanding of child development and how to effectively manage a classroom and support students social and emotional growth 
  • Receive 1:1 feedback based on observation 
  • Participate in AmeriCorps Civic Reflection series and career-building workshops 
  • Participate in two days of National Service. 

Full-Time Schedule: Approximately 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday, 8am - 6pm) 

Part-Time Schedule: Approximately 20 hours per week (schedules vary based on school site) 


Recruitment Capacity Coordinator 

The ELEV8 Youth AmeriCorps Program is a special project of Safe Passages focused on helping youth achieve academic success. The Recruitment Capacity Coordinator will help develop the program’s ability to recruit and retain AmeriCorps members in a term of service.  

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Conduct a Capacity Needs Assessment and develop a program-specific action plan  
  • Cultivate and secure partnerships with key individuals and organizations such as AmeriCorps Alumni, department chairs of colleges and universities, and school and career counselors to serve as “AmeriCorps Advisors” for connecting individuals to AmeriCorps service opportunities    
  • Expand community outreach through presentations at colleges and career fairs 
  • Build social media presence through active posting and coordination with partner agencies 
  • Design and implement sustainable tools for programs to utilize in recruitment efforts for the current as well as for future program years 
  • Implement strategies to engage AmeriCorps Alumni in promoting AmeriCorps 
  • Coordinate with other Recruitment Capacity members and programs in the region to connect interested individuals to appropriate service opportunities. 

Full-time Schedule: Average 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday, 8am - 6pm)  


Volunteer Coordinator 

The ELEV8 Youth AmeriCorps Program is a special project of Safe Passages focused on helping youth achieve academic success. The ideal candidate is a dynamic individual who has the ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities, work with a diverse volunteer pool and Safe Passages staff and assist in maintaining the integrity and structure of a strong volunteer program. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate all aspects of the volunteer recruitment and retention to expand the number of students and families served by Safe Passages programs. 
  • Increase community support for Safe Passages. 
  • Create opportunities for youth and adults to positively impact the lives of students in their communities. 
  • Maintain thorough records of volunteer information and work. 
  • Train classroom tutor volunteers to assist in after school academic programs. 
  • Recruit volunteers to assist in special events such as family engagement events. 

Full-time Schedule: Average 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday, 8am - 6pm)