Become a Volunteer

Our students need support, and that’s why we need caring and capable volunteers like you!

We’re all so grateful for the incredible volunteers who give their time to our programs every day and lend support with open minds and open hearts. Thank you for your interest in joining our team. We’re glad you’re here! We are always looking for enthusiastic and compassionate volunteers to work with us at Bridge the Gap.

Though some of our tutors have teaching experience, most do not and are capable of supporting students with their schoolwork, confidence and relationship-building skills.
 
We serve a diverse student population, and we encourage tutors who reflect that diversity to apply. Above all, we seek reliability, flexibility, eagerness to learn and a steadfast belief in each student’s ability to be successful. 
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Getting Started

Volunteering with Bridge the Gap is rewarding and fun. After learning a bit about our programs, step one in the process is to complete a Volunteer Application. We can’t guarantee an opportunity will be available, though we always do our best to find placements for interested volunteers!

Requirements

  • Must be of high school age or older 
  • Background check required for volunteers 18+ of age
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of at least 15-17 weeks (one semester) of service
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 1-2 hours of volunteering per week
  • TB clearance to be eligible for volunteering
  • Must attend Volunteer Training sessions and complete training materials prior to service
  • If volunteering with the Evening Program, you must be prepared and present for the first day of program
  • Must be willing to abide by the no cell phone policies during volunteer service

Volunteer Opportunities

Apply to become a volunteer during the summer utilizing the following link

Questions? Please email Volunteer Manager, Cat Tong at cattong@btgcollegeprep.org

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Volunteer FAQ

What makes a good volunteer?

Volunteers don’t need to have experience, but it helps to have confidence, flexibility, patience, resourcefulness and compassion! Our most successful volunteers are able to find common ground, build relationships and believe that every student has the ability to learn.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Volunteers must be freshmen in high school or older. We encourage Freshmen to volunteer with a parent partner.

What kind of time commitment is involved?

Volunteers commit to a weekly, regular schedule of 1-2 program hours per week for 15-17 weeks (one semester). Program shifts are after school or in the early evening.

What if I don't remember everything I learned in school?

Tutors are never expected to know all of the answers, but should be comfortable being a role model in how to find the answers. You can do a little research, access online resources or ask a teacher.

What’s the application process?

Step one is to fill out our online Volunteer Application. You will be contacted by our Volunteer Manager and a brief interview may follow. All volunteers over 18 must complete a background check and negative TB screening before working with students. 

The application process is closed until further notice.

Keep Me Posted!

Working with the students who need the most help is rewarding in so many ways. You feel useful and appreciated just for showing up. Someone said “showing up is half the battle”. With tutoring at Bridge the Gap, it’s way more than half.
Five years ago, I was very fortunate to be matched with a wonderful 1st grader who I’m still working with today and who has become such a special part of my life. The bond we have deepens with each passing year, and I’m committed to this relationship for the long haul.
It has been amazing to witness not only the joy and excitement these kids have but also their progression from week to week. They are smart, determined and love to learn despite all of the obstacles they are facing, in a year that has been especially challenging for students everywhere.