We offer volunteers multiple opportunities to work with Marin City students in grades 1 – 12. Programs run afternoons and evenings, up to 5 days a week. We ask for a minimum commitment of one day/evening per week for the school year.
We provide group volunteer trainings twice a year – in late August and the beginning of January. Sample past training topics include:
- Understanding our Marin City students’ Health and Well-being
- Understanding the Neuroscience of Stress on the Brain
Volunteers are also kept current about education issues and relevant community activities through close email contact with BTGCP’s Volunteer Program Manager.
Volunteer Opportunities Available
The One-to-One Evening Tutor Mentor Program
1st – 3rd graders are matched with a specific tutor mentor at the beginning of the school year. Mentor/Tutor student pairs meet once a week and focus on reading and homework completion. Through ongoing tutoring/mentoring students develop a consistent relationship with an adult and are introduced to college as the end goal for going to school.
The Afterschool Extended Learning Day Program (ELD)
4th – 8th grade students meet twice a week with credentialed teachers and tutors in a classroom environment. The core focus areas are academic skill building, with an emphasis on math and writing combined with a college prep curriculum and culture. Students in the ELD program in need of additional help can access further support through a one-on-one volunteer tutor.
The College Prep High School Program
9th – 12th grade students meet Monday through Thursday with credentialed teachers and tutors to receive subject specific tutoring, skills development and engage in instruction and activities focused on preparing for college.
Little Readers and Mathletes (Summer Only)
Little Readers and Mathletes are run in the Summer only in collaboration with Marin City Recreational Summer Camp. Little Readers builds literacy for 5-8 year olds. Teacher and volunteer tutors help develop reading skills with students, helping with appropriate book selection, reading aloud in a group setting, and working one on one to strengthen comprehension and fluency. Mathletes, for 5-8 year olds, focuses on retaining and building math skills through math games and other fun activities.
Consistency is the key to a successful and meaningful volunteer experience. Productivity between tutor and student is enhanced through trust, and trust is built over time.
Communication among all members of the BTGCP team is essential. Volunteers are asked to communicate via email with the Volunteer Program Manager if they are unable to attend a scheduled session. One-on-one tutors are also asked to communicate with their student/student’s families directly if they cannot make a tutoring session. Students and their families are similarly obligated to communicate with their tutors.