At Mission Graduates, we are dedicated to serving San Francisco’s Mission District youth and work to make college the expectation rather than the exception. For us to truly realize our mission, we need the support of volunteers to partner with us and the youth we serve. There are many ways to get involved, below are just some our most popular volunteer needs. This list is not exhaustive – we’re open to hearing the ways that you want to become involved, so if you have an idea for how you could help our organization, please discuss it with us.
Elementary School Tutors: Mission Graduates operates two Tutoring Centers (TCs): at Marshall Elementary School and at Bryant Elementary School. While volunteers at our TCs help students with their homework, the opportunity involves much more than just tutoring. You will have the chance to engage in elective classes, participate in our themed-lessons and academic enrichment activities, and even help chaperone field trips to San Francisco parks, museums, and more. Our TCs operate during the school year (from August – May) from about 2:00pm – 6:00pm depending on the site. We also offer a 5-week enrichment program every summer.
Writing Coach/Mentor: Mission Graduates’ College Connect program works with high school students along their paths to college. Writing coaches are paired with a high school student and assist them in writing their college entrance essays, scholarship essays, and provide meaningful support and mentorship along their journey into college. Coaches are asked to commit to meeting with their student at least once per week for the duration of the school year.
High School Tutors: Working with elementary students is fun for some, but we recognize that other prefer to work with an older age group. Which is why we are seeking volunteers to tutor our high school students. Who knows, maybe you even decide you want to teach an SAT prep course? This is an incredible opportunity to help prepare our high school students academically for their college journey.
Board of Directors: Mission Graduates maintains a Board of Directors including adults and youth with various professional and educational backgrounds to oversee and direct the overall work and mission of the agency. It is an powerful opportunity to help craft the vision of the organization and ensure that Mission Graduates has the resources it needs to realize its’ mission. Typically, board members commit for at 3 year terms (18 months for youth members) and meet once per month as a group and 1-2 times per month in committees.
Guest Speakers: Our Parent Partner Program works with Mission parents to empower them to be engaged in their children’s education. We have a team of parent leaders that works to generate awareness, interest, and positive relationships between parents and the school system. We are always looking for professional development workshops and speakers to engage, teach, and challenge our parents, and our staff, to become stronger leaders.
Internships: As a nonprofit, we are always looking to expand our reach so that we can increase our impact. If you have a particular skill that you think could help our program, or want to get involved in one of our programs, let us know! Typical internships include: program implementation, marketing, internet and social marketing, evaluation and assessment. We’re always happy to hear from you and find creative ways to get you involved in our organization.
Want to know more? Contact Jenna Casey, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 864-5205
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