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SCHOOL YEAR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer to Help Students in the SPARKS Program
Volunteers work with elementary and middle school students with a focus on reading, relationships and encouragement for completing homework. The program meets twice a week after school at two area churches.
Must be 15 years and older to help
*Monday & Wednesday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
*Tuesday & Thursday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
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Volunteer to Mentor High School Students
Orono STRIVE is a program designed to pair community mentors with Orono high school students. The program focuses on motivating students to improve their performance, especially in the areas of attendance, attitude, GPA and participation.
*Once a month on the second Wednesday of the month from 11:45-1:00 with optional second meeting per month arranged with mentors.

Volunteer to Help Students in the STARS Program
Volunteers support teachers who are providing elementary students with extra academic support from 8-9am in the morning focusing on Math and/or reading.

YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor a Meal for our Mentoring Programs
Sponsor a meal for one of our mentoring programs that serves Orono students.

Provide Job Shadowing Opportunities
Allow a student interested in your profession to shadow you for a day to learn about your career.

Location: Orono Community Education, 705 Old Crystal Bay Road North, Long Lake, MN 55356
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: gtorney@orono.k12.mn.us
Website: http://www.Orono.k12.mn.us/ce/adult-programs/orono-sparks
Time Commitment: Varies

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Program Description: Project for Pride in Living (PPL) builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. PPL’s tutoring & mentoring program, PPL Scholars, serves families transitioning out of chronic homelessness by supporting youth in grades K-5 to thrive through relationship building, literacy tutoring, and enrichment activities in 1:1 matches with volunteer Tutor-Mentors.

Responsibilities:

  • Work 1:1 with a young person on positive social skills, literacy, and enrichment activities such as art or free play
  • Develop a relationship with a young person using a strengths based and culturally informed approach
  • Help maintain a safe, productive, and fun environment
  • Communicate with staff to provide feedback on young person’s academic and social progress

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and maintain consistent weekly attendance
  • Enthusiasm to learn alongside young people
  • Patience, understanding, and flexibility to adapt to each youth’s needs for the day
  • Commitment to empowering others by sharing your skills and knowledge
  • Experience with youth in grades K-5th helpful
  • Passion for working with youth from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Interest in working with youth at varied levels of academic and social development
  • Comfortable interacting with parents/guardians to support youth success

Benefits:

  • Develop a meaningful relationship with a young person
  • Support and materials provided by PPL staff
  • Training provided on literacy development, trauma, social skills development, and cultural competency

To Apply:

  • Complete our online application at www.ppl-inc.org/volunteer
  • You will then be contacted by Caitlin Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator, to complete these steps:
    • Phone interview
    • References check
    • Background check

Location: PPL’s Camden Apartments (4643 Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis) or PPL’s Collaborative Village Apartments (2020 Elliot Ave. S., Minneapolis)
Ages: 16+
Date(s): October 14-May 6(accepting applications now!)
Time(s): Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-7:45pm
Contact: caitlin.dougherty@ppl-inc.org / 612-455-5108
Website: http://www.ppl-inc.org/how-to-help/volunteer
Time Commitment: 3-4 hours/week

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Greater Minneapolis Community Connections matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & individuals with children ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities. We are based in Dakota County and are celebrating our 40th year of serving families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount though our mentors may drive in from other areas. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both volunteer(s) and child/parent. Our families say that mentoring together ensures they have weekly family time and that it’s easy to include another child with the family activity, whether it’s a board game, sledding, a trip to a park, or going to the zoo or a museum. We offer discounted passes to area attractions to make activities more affordable, a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, as well as ongoing training and support. We ask mentors and mentees to commit to a year’s time together in order to build their relationship; however, many of our matches become lifelong friendships and our average match is about 3 years. Please consider being a mentor to a child – it is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to volunteer!

Kinship Greater Twin Cities serves Anoka, Hennepin and Ramsey. For more details, please contact 612-588-4655.

Location: Your home or the community
Date(s): Ongoing opportunity
Time(s): Ongoing opportunity
Contact: slkinship@aol.com or 612-588-4655/https://www.gmcc.org/volunteer
Website: https://www.kinship-mn.org/

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