ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) is an after-school program that develops the academic and social-emotional skills of 4-8 th grade students in underserved communities. ACES’ innovative curriculum blends sports and math concepts to spark learning. ACES programs are based at schools and Boys & Girls Clubs in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. ACES’ vision is to help students succeed in education and beyond and become engaged citizens in safe and equitable communities.
About the Position
ACES Classroom Volunteers will help improve the academic progress of students by assisting in the facilitation of hands-on activities focused on building math and social-emotional skills. Classroom volunteers will work with an ACES Academic Coach, or classroom teacher, in a classroom of approximately 8-12 students. Relationship-building is a fundamental part of the program. Because of this, ACES stresses regular and consistent attendance at program over an extended period (one semester session minimum). Previous classroom or 1:1 tutoring experience suggested, but not required. The ACES Classroom Volunteer position is an opportunity ideal for prospective educators.
Role and Responsibilities
ACES volunteers are essential to our program sites. Volunteers will receive a variety of opportunities such as co-planning with staff, taking initiative to enhance student engagement, and providing feedback on students and program.
- Support ACES Academic Coach (classroom teacher) in delivery of math and social-emotional skill-building curriculum.
- Take initiative to form positive connections with students.
- Be actively engaged in the ACES classroom by helping students 1:1 or in small groups during curriculum activities.
- Participate in games and recreational activities during choice time.
- Attend pre- and post-program meetings with ACES site staff to prepare for the day and reflect afterwards.
Qualifications and Experience
- Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
- Experience working with kids.
- Commit to one semester, school year, or summer session.
- Commit to at least one day of program (approx. 3 hours) per week.
- Interest in supporting students in academic and personal growth.
- Strong communication skills.
- Ability to work well as part of a team.
- Ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Availability, dependability, and flexibility.
Eastside Boys and Girls Club (Saint Paul)
- June 12 through August 18
- Volunteers must commit to the full program season
- Morning session runs from 10:30 am to 1:15 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
- Afternoon session runs from 1:45 pm to 4:15 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
- Volunteers must volunteer for one or more sessions per week and are welcome to stay for both sessions.
- Child Development
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- At least 3 hours, one day per week