The PAYS staff selection process consists of three rounds (see details below.) The first is a review of application materials; the second is designed to understand one’s ability to work within a group. Candidates selected for the 2nd round will be invited to attend a group interview which will include members of the PAYS Student Advisory Board. The 3rd round will be an interview with the Director, Assistant Director, and Post Bac Fellow. Candidates must submit a tentative/draft syllabus (TAs) or a calendar of activities (RAs) if selected for final individual interview.

Please submit all application materials to Stephanie Rios or Cesar Meza, Pomona College, Draper Center for Community Partnerships, 735 N. Dartmouth. Application materials may also be submitted electronically to or

Note: All NEW applicants must attend an info session.

Dates and Location

Monday, February 20th, 6:00- 7:00pm, Draper Center

Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00- 8:00pm, Draper Center

Application Requirements

(Must be completed by Friday, March 3rd, 2017):

  • Applicant must be a Pomona College student or PAYS Alum
  • Info session (NEW applicants ONLY)
  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Recommendation (the form we provide or a letter are both acceptable.)
    • Your recommendation must come from a community leader, supervisor, faculty member, or anyone who can speak to your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the responsibilities of the desired position. Please refer to the job descriptions.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are able to continue their relationship with the PAYS Scholars beyond the summer.

Application Timeline

Event Date

1st Round Application Deadline

Friday, March 3rd @ 5pm

Notification of applicants moving to 2nd Round

Monday, March 6th

2nd Round – Group Interview

Wednesday, March 8th, 4-6pm or 7-9pm, Draper Center

Notification of applicants moving to 3rd Round

Friday, March 10th

3rd Round – Individual Interview

Tuesday, March 21st and Wednesday, March 22nd

Final Notification

Friday, March 24th

Important Program Dates

In addition to regular program activities, TAs, RA & the Writing/Math Tutors should note the following dates

Date Event

April - TBA

Individual meeting with the Post Bac Fellow, Assistant Director, or Director (to discuss curriculum for self-designed course, role, and/or activities calendar)

May - TBA

Program Staff and Faculty Meeting – Introductions and Orientation

Wednesday, June 7th

Staff Move in

June 8th - June 17th

Training and Pre-program preparation

Sunday, June 18th Monday

Opening Day/ Students Move In

Monday, June 19th

Classes Begin

Friday, July 14th

Closing Ceremony / High School Students Move Out

Saturday, July 15th

Staff Closure/Clean-up; Staff Move Out after 5pm

Program Description

Now in its 15th year, the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) is a yearlong college access program with a 4-week academically intensive, residential component. PAYS serves rising high school sophomores through rising seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education: students who will be first in their family to attend college, students from low-income families and students who are African American, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and from other underrepresented groups. The program enrolls up to 90 participants from Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County. Students can expect to be challenged academically and should be prepared to participate in a vibrant, academic community. Participants enroll in math and critical inquiry courses led by Pomona College professors, as well as two TA-led elective courses.

All PAYS participants will live in the College’s residence halls Sunday evening through Friday late afternoon/evening. All staff and participants are required to live in Walker Residence Hall.

The Draper Center seeks a team of 12 teaching assistants, 1 math tutor, 1 writing tutor, and 1 resident advisor. The team will be supervised by the Director, Assistant Director for Educational Outreach, and the Post Bac Fellow. They will also have a reporting relationship with at least two PAYS faculty members and the Program Assistant. The positions are full-time, temporary positions. Team members may not hold other positions during the time of their participation with PAYS. The RA, TAs, Math Tutor, and Writing Tutor will participate for the 4 week program + 1.5 weeks of training: $2,200 plus room and board (M-F).