Be a PASS Leader

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  • Are you an excellent student?
  • Do you want to help other students?
  • Do you want to build your leadership skills and your resume?
  • Do you want to earn some money?

Become a PASS Leader with New College!

PASS leaders are part of an exciting New College team of student leaders who are committed to sharing their skills and knowledge with fellow students to help them succeed academically. "PASS Leader" is a paid position, and requires a minimum commitment of 5 hours per week during Fall and Winter terms.

What is PASS?
PASS means Peers-Assisting Student Success – weekly group-learning sessions for difficult courses which are facilitated by a "PASS leader", that is, a student who has completed the respective course in a previous term with an A or A+. For ADMS, HRM, ITEC, and DEM students at York University, these PASS sessions are organized by New College. They are normally held throughout the Fall and Winter term and take place in the Atkinson building. More on PASS ...

What does a PASS Leader do?
As a PASS Leader, you will conduct a two-hour PASS session for "your" course per week. In this session, you will facilitate activities and group discussions among attending students to review weekly course material and prepare them for the upcoming exams. You will also be required to review the course materials and prepare or revise handouts for your PASS sessions in advance (normally another two hours per week, to be done at New College Office of the College Head). You also may have to attend one hour of bi-weekly meetings and advertise for your PASS Sessions (e.g., by classroom visits). If you want, you can engage in additional paid activities, like facilitating Online PASS Sessions and Online (e.g., facebook) work groups.

Before the term starts, you will receive training in facilitating group-study sessions and in administrative procedures.

What does it take to become a PASS Leader?
You must:

  • have achieved an A or A+ in the course for which you facilitate PASS sessions.
  • possess superior communication skills (written and oral) and superior attention to detail.
  • domestic students: meet the Registrar's Office and Student Financial Services student eligibility requirements for work-study positions, including requirements for ongoing enrolment at York University (typically 9 credits per term).
  • international students: meet York International’s ISEF eligibility requirements, including requirements for on-going enrolment.

Please see our job postings for details. These job postings are sent out through (typically in the Spring for the FW session).

PASS Leader Job Posting (PDF)