WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! IF YOU HAVE A PASSION TO HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE, THIS MAYBE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!
To give a young person (male or female between the ages of 5 and 14) in need of social, educational, recreational development and emotional support the companionship of an adult to supplement the work of parents, teachers, counselors, social workers and other social services and education professionals
Duties / Responsibilities:
The mentor / homework helper will be assigned to a group of children and will be responsible for meeting with the children and helping with their homework on a weekly basis between four and eight hours a week within a classroom setting. A six-month commitment is the minimum accepted. The volunteer may be asked to work on certain aspects of the group’s development. He or she will work closely with our staff through phone contact, personal conferences and group meetings to understand the youth and his or her family and environment better and to facilitate activities to help the child. The volunteer will serve as an example/role model to demonstrate that adults can give, and should receive, respect (and will make an occasional mistake). Self-realization and improved self-esteem for the young person are important goals of the relationship. It should be emphasized that the volunteer in no way replaces the parent. Rather, he or she provides interested, compassionate friendship while serving as a homework helper / mentor to improve the child’s academic abilities.
Requirements / Qualifications:
A person who is interested in becoming a mentor / homework helper must be able to get to the site on required days. Experience in teaching, human services or related fields are helpful. Experience as a parent or extensive experience with young people is also helpful.
The volunteer should have the ability to accept and relate to youth who may not share the volunteer’s lifestyle and values. This job site is within a low - income urban area. The volunteer should respect the client’s right to self-determination and independence. This respect is an essential element in the relationship. The volunteer should exhibit a great deal of common sense, intelligence, friendliness, maturity, sensitivity and responsibility.
The average volunteer will put in approximately 16 to 32 hours each month in services to the children. This four to eight-hour-a-week commitment may come in larger or smaller doses, but the volunteer must be consistent. While many volunteers serve longer than one year, the minimum expectation of any volunteer mentor will be six - months, unless otherwise stated.
- Social Media / Blogging
- Grant Writing / Research
- Community Outreach
- Teaching / Instruction
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- between 4 to 8 hrs a week
- Knowledgable and Fluent in Math & Reading Skills, Mentoring, Tutoring, or Sports