District of Columbia Public Schools College & Career Programs: Volunteer Career Coach


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1200 first street NEWashington, DC 20002


The volunteer Career Coach is responsible for supporting high school seniors during their pursuit of alternative post-secondary pathways. This includes but is not limited to: full-time employment opportunities, the military, apprenticeship programs and service organizations. Our goal is to match volunteers and students as closely as possible based upon a number of factors including the students’ expressed career interest and the volunteer’s career field of expertise. Each Career Coach will receive a DCPS point of contact to assist in facilitating the career coach/ student relationship, resources and curriculum in order to fully support students.

  • Provide continuous motivation & support to assigned student(s).

  • Meet with students (where?) in large group and one on one settings two times per month to administer the DCPS "Tenacity" Employability Skills Curriculum. Lesson topics include:

    • First Impressions

    • Professional Attire

    • Code Switching

    • Positive Attitude

    • Resume Writing

  • Work with student to generate short term, intermediate and long term goals, help students to identify areas of need and to further develop career interests

  • Assist students with relevant test preparation such as the ASVAB military exam or the CASAS exam which assesses students’ basic math and literacy skills.

  • Identify entry-level employment opportunities in your field for students to apply to. Assist student with the application process.

  • Communicate any major issues or area of concern to school staff.


  • Child Development
  • Mentoring
  • Relationship Building
  • Career Counseling / Coaching
  • Youth Services
  • Professional Development

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Bi-weekly, in person coaching sessions.
  • Weekly check-in (via email/ telephone)

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