Become a Volunteer

You can play an important role in the success of San Francisco students! Teachers throughout the city request volunteers—we match you to them based on your skills, interests, and time commitment.

We place and support volunteers in all San Francisco public schools, but focus our efforts on a few Focus Schools that face the most challenges to student achievement.

Learn more and see a map of our Focus Schools here.

What do volunteers do?

Tutor: Tutor students one-on-one or in small groups during the school day or after school. Subjects include English, math, Science, art and more. Tutor Commitment: Attend a tutor training. One hour a week for a school semester.
Mentor: Build a one-on-one relationship with a student. Mentor Commitment: attend mentor Training, once a week for one hour for a year.	
Literacy: Using a literacy tool kit, tutor a 1st or 2nd grader who is behind in reading. Literacy Commitment: Attend a Literacy Training. One to two hours per week during the morning. Bilingual: Tutor or mentor a student in their home language. And/or interpret for parents and teachers during meetings. Bilingual Commitment: attend mentor or tutor training or an interpreter training. Interpret at a minimum of two parent teacher conferences in the fall and spring.

How do I get started?

  • The first step is to attend an info session where you will learn more about the volunteer roles and opportunities to decide which one fits you best.
  • After the info session you will choose which role (tutor, classroom helper, mentor, literacy specialist or math specialist) you prefer and attend a training to prepare you for that role. At that training we will also take care of your clearance. Volunteers work with students and therefore need to pass a background check. Learn more about the process in the FAQ.
  • You can prepare for the clearance process by getting a TB test. A list of clinics offering free or low-cost tests can be found here. Note: TB test results are good for four years.

Your last chance to get cleared to volunteer this school year is February 5, 2015.

We will have a 20 minute information session where you will learn about the volunteer options to determine if this is the right fit for you. If you do think it’s a fit we will have a volunteer training directly after the information session so you can take care of everything in one evening; please reserve time for both the information session and training. Please fill out the form below to reserve your spot in the Information Session.

5:30 – 6:00 Information Session
You will learn about the volunteer options to determine if this is the right fit for you. If you do think it’s a fit we will have a volunteer training directly after the information session.

6:00 – 7:00 General Tutor or Mentor Training and fingerprinting
All volunteers participate in this general training to prepare you for your role in schools. We will also take your fingerprints, collect your photograph for your badge and other clearance items see the list below.

7:00 – 8:30 Math and Literacy Signature Program Component
If you plan to become a math or literacy volunteer in our signature programs there is an additional training component to more deeply prepare you for your role as a literacy or math tutor.

Let us know you are interested in volunteering.

Info Sessions are held at the Education Fund offices: 2730 Bryant Street, Second Floor, San Francisco CA 94110


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