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Volunteer Opportunities

These positions provide a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and make a major impact on a local youth’s life and future. Many of these programs only need you there once, to speak of your experience in a career or a hobby. If interested in any of these positions, then please contact LEAP’s Career & Outreach Associate, Madison Seligman.

COVID-19 IMPACT ON VOLUNTEERING

This fall, LEAP has a variety of in-person and virtual volunteer engagement opportunities. All in-person opportunities require strict adherence to LEAP’s health and safety protocols, which have been implemented for operation during the pandemic. Given the additional challenges posed by both small-group sizes and minimizing interaction between staff and students, our volunteer need is even greater than usual this fall!




VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS CAREER SERVICES EVENTS

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Dream MORE After-School Enrichment Assistant

VIRTUAL: Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m

Volunteers should be fluent in English, interested in education, and be comfortable with presenting content via Zoom. Although it is not required, those who have a background in education, English language and literature, or social work would do especially well in being a volunteer with this program.

Dream MORE is an after-school program currently partnered with Lynn’s Marshall Middle School. Participating middle school students engage in an innovative curriculum, while working on building healthy relationships with each other and adults. Specifically, volunteers help facilitate enrichment programs (such as, art, photography, design, culinary, and technology).


Expanding Horizons After-School Enrichment Assistant

IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL:
In-Person on Mondays & Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Virtually on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Volunteers should be fluent in English, interested in education, and be comfortable with presenting content via Zoom. Although it is not required, those who have a background in education, english language and literature, or social work would do especially well in being a volunteer with this program.

Expanding Horizons is an after-school program currently partnered with Salem’s Collins Middle School. Participating middle school students engage in an innovative curriculum, while working on building healthy relationships with each other and adults. Throughout the program, students receive homework support, partake in project-based learning, and explore career fields through work-based learning experiences. Specifically, volunteers help facilitate enrichment programs (such as, art, photography, design, culinary, and technology).


Expanding Horizons After-School Tutoring Assistant

VIRTUAL: Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Volunteers should be fluent in English, interested in education, and have availability once a week from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Although it is not required, those who have a background in education, English language and literature, or social work would do especially well in being a volunteer with this program.

Expanding Horizons is an after-school program currently partnered with Salem’s Collins Middle School. Participating middle school students engage in an innovative curriculum, while working on building healthy relationships with each other and adults. Throughout the program, students receive academic support, partake in project-based learning, and explore career fields through work-based learning experiences. Specifically, volunteers assist students with homework.


HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

EL Street

IN-PERSON: Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Volunteers should be fluent in English, be familiar with the Salem community, and be available every Thursday afternoon. Although it is not required, those who have a background in cultural studies, education, or language studies would do especially well in being a volunteer within this program.

EL Street is an experiential learning program for English Learners to be introduced to social topics that are relevant within the community. Specifically, high school students have the opportunity to explore challenges facing their community, while building relationships with both Salem residents and community leaders. After observing the community, students are encouraged to put their own ideas into action.


Farm School

Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Volunteers should be fluent in English, interested in education, and be comfortable with presenting content via Zoom. Although it is not required, those who have a background in sustainability studies, environmental science, and plant sciences would do especially well in being a volunteer with this program.

The Farm School is a hands-on program for high school students to learn about sustainable, community-based food production. The Farm School is partnered with Newhall Fields Community Farm, which increases food security by growing and supplying affordable high-quality food. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to explore the impact of food upon the health and well-being of a community.


Learning Hub – Check-In Desk

IN-PERSON: Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Volunteers should be comfortable enforcing group norms and COVID protocols. Availability during the full 2.5 hour timeframe (11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and/or 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) is needed. Although it is not required, those who have a background in business, administration, and communications would do especially well in being a volunteer with this program.

LEAP will be utilizing the Teen Center as a “Learning Hub” for 10 to 20 students a day. In these learning hubs, students (who are learning remotely during the day) will have the opportunity to come together on-site with their fellow peers and volunteer community members, ensuring the best possible instruction and support. Specifically in this role, volunteers will manage the front desk to guarantee that all COVID protocols are being maintained.


Learning Hub – Tutor

IN-PERSON: Mondays through Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Volunteers should be comfortable tutoring high school subjects, troubleshooting technology problems, and enforcing both group norms and COVID protocols. Availability during the full two-hour time block (noon to 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and/or 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) is needed. Although it is not required, those who have a background in education, english language and literature, or social work would do especially well in being a volunteer with this program.

LEAP will be utilizing the Teen Center as a “Learning Hub” for 10 to 20 students a day. In these learning hubs, students will have the opportunity to come together on-site with their fellow peers and volunteer community members, ensuring the best possible instruction and support. The intention is to provide students (who are learning remotely during the day) with a space to receive in-person academic support.


Learning Hub – Virtual Engagement Facilitator

IN-PERSON: Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers should be comfortable tutoring high school subjects, troubleshooting technology problems, and enforcing both group norms and COVID protocols. Availability during the full two and a half hour time block (noon to 2:30 p.m.) is needed. Although it is not required, those who have a background in education, english language and literature, or social work would do especially well in being a volunteer with this program.

LEAP will be utilizing the Teen Center as a “Learning Hub” for 10 to 20 students a day. In these learning hubs, students will have the opportunity to come together on-site with their fellow peers and volunteer community members, ensuring the best possible instruction and support. The intention is to provide students (who are learning remotely during the day) with a space to receive in-person academic support. Specifically, volunteers will supervise the space while students are individually logged onto their school day remote sessions.


College Success Program – Individual Support

VIRTUAL: Mondays between 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers should be fluent in English, interested in postsecondary education, and have flexible availability. Although it is not required, those who have a background in cultural studies, education, or english language and literature would do especially well in being a volunteer with this program.

The College Success Program provides underserved high school students with ongoing academic, financial, and social-emotional advising. High school students who participate in the program engage in both academic and career support. In this role, volunteers would work with high school seniors (either individually or in a small group setting) on their college application essays and resume writing.


Early College

VIRTUAL: Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Sept.-Dec. only)

Volunteers should be fluent in English, familiar with the college process, and have availability on Mondays. A LEAP staff member will be in the virtual classroom with volunteers at all times, so no teaching experience is needed. Although it is not required, those who have a background in cultural studies, education, or english language and literature would do especially well in being a volunteer with this program.

Early College provides underserved high school seniors with post-secondary academic guidance. Students in the program learn about financial aid and completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), writing college entrance essays, and submitting applications to colleges. The responsibility of an Early College volunteer includes providing assistance to students during class time with writing and completing college-related applications.


CAREER SERVICES EVENTS

Job Shadowing or Informational Interview

IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL:
Begins in October & Concludes in December for High School Seniors, and Begins in March & Concludes in May for High School Juniors

Volunteers should be passionate to share about one’s vocation, have a desire to help students learn about a particular career field, and be available to schedule a job shadow experience or informational interview. Although it is not required, those who have a background in career counseling, human resources, or post-secondary education would do especially well in being a volunteer at this event.

Job Shadowing is an experience for students to have an immersive tour of a workplace, a realistic demonstration of an occupation, a cultivating discussion around the education needed to pursue a career, and the chance to learn about the necessary skills for such employment. Through the scheduling of a one-to-one job shadow experience, high school students will be able to decide a future vocation, be equipped for success in the workfield, and have a chance to realize dreams. When an in-person experience is not viable, we encourage informational interviews, which are one-on-one conversations to help better inform students about their respective potential career path.


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