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. 


ELEV8 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) 



School Resource VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that gives you the opportunity to make a difference in your life and help strengthen schools and the students, families, and communities they serve by participating in service and volunteer activities. AmeriCorps VISTA Membersreceive a monthly stipend and have the opportunity to earn an education award in exchange for one year of service.


Primary Responsibilities 

  • Assist in the development of an Family Resource Center (FRC) at an elementary or a middle/ high school in Oakland, CA or Union City, CA.
  • Identify and secure resources to set up or develop FRCs at the school site
  • Create new and expand existing partnerships to provide an array of services, including: food pantries; brokerage to housing services; public benefits enrollment; workforce development; parent workshops to support student academic achievement; pathways to citizenship; and coordination of services.

Full-time Schedule: 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday)