Become a Volunteer

Higher Achievement’s volunteers are key partners to our scholars’ success, joining us each week to make a measurable and clear impact on the lives of young people.

Our volunteers range from college students to retirees, coming from all kinds of personal and professional backgrounds. They comprise a rich network of community members who are invested in the neighborhoods where they work and live, and who believe that opportunities make all the difference.  No teaching experience is required.

Get involved

We are currently accepting applications for interested volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a literacy tutor, please complete an application and we will reach out to schedule an interview for later in the summer.

Our final decisions for next year’s programming format (in-person/virtual/hybrid) will be based on school districts, scholar/staff safety, and current mentor feedback. We will follow up once decisions are final to confirm your availability.

Literacy Tutors

  • Work with a small group of scholars as they engage in reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities that build on scholars’ strengths and reflect their cultures and values.
  • Activities are aligned to Common Core and College Readiness standards and promote a love of reading.
  • Lesson plans and activities provided; no teaching experience required!
  • Commitment: After school (approximately 4:00-6:30pm), minimum 1x/week

High School Readiness Mentors

  • Work with a small group of scholars as they define and pursue their personal and educational goals, gain awareness of high school, college, and career options, and take steps to access those options through writing, reading, and critical thinking activities.
  • Activities and support provided; no experience required!
  • Commitment: Minimum commitment of one academic year (September-May) once per week from approximately 5:30-6:30 p.m. We see greater success when mentors stay with their scholars for 2-4 years, versus one evening per week.

The volunteer experience

Mentors and tutors build relationships with the same group of scholars every week through academic enrichment and personal encouragement as someone who shows up for them, believes in them, and will stand by them as they work to secure their futures.

Higher Achievement facilitates a supportive, collaborative program that unites communities and gives volunteers the satisfaction of seeing the impact of their donated time firsthand.

Whether you’re looking to re-engage with service or are getting involved in your community for the first time, we’re happy to have you join us.

Becoming a volunteer

  • Submit an application
  • Complete an informational interview with a Higher Achievement staff member
  • Fulfill the clearance requirements for your center so you’re ready to meet your scholars
  • Participate in a training session where you will receive all the tools needed to succeed

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