Programs

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 enrollment period for new volunteers to start in schools has closed for this school year. We will start clearing volunteers again in July 2014 to volunteer in classrooms during the fall semester.
  • Let us know you are interested in volunteering by filling out the form below and we will contact you when we have July training dates established.
  • The first step in July will be 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.

Let us know you are interested in volunteering.



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