HOW YOU’LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR OAKLAND KIDS
As an ongoing volunteer, you will spend at least one hour a week at an Oakland public schools. We will pair you with one classroom in one school so you can create a lasting connection with the teacher and students.
We help you complete all of the on-boarding steps (see below) and connect you with a school that is a great fit for your volunteer talents. Here’s where we need your help the most:
CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS Support an Oakland classroom by being a teacher’s aide, prepping materials, sorting books, reading aloud with kids, and more. Activities vary based on the classroom where you volunteer.
If you can only volunteer occasionally, please register here and we will reach out to you with one-time volunteer opportunities as they come up throughout the school year.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE VOLUNTEER ON-BOARDING REQUIREMENTS
1. Apply online to become an Oakland School Volunteer. If your application is approved, we will reach out with instructions for how to complete the following requirements:
2. Attend an orientation session to learn about volunteer guidelines and expectations, supporting students’ social-emotional development, and working with students to keep them actively engaged and learning.
3. Upload negative proof of tuberculosis into your volunteer file. Tuberculosis clearance is valid for four years. You will get more detailed instructions when your volunteer application is approved.
4. Complete a Live Scan fingerprint criminal background check. This is required so that we can be sure all of our schools are safe places. You will need our unique “Request for Live Scan Services” form to complete this step, and the results take between 2 and 14 days to arrive in our secure mailbox. There is a $35.00 fee for this service. If the cost is a barrier for you, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org after you apply to ask about our financial aid scholarship program to cover the cost of fingerprinting. More detailed instructions will come your way once your volunteer application is approved.
5. Sign the liability waiver. You will receive this waiver to sign once your fingerprinting results have been received.
6. Submit a photo of yourself for your volunteer clearance badge. This must be a color photo with your eyes open and facing the camera. No hats or sunglasses. (Please let us know if you cannot meet the photo requirements for religious or medical reasons.) Once you’ve completed the on-boarding requirements, you will be given a badge to wear every time you volunteer. This way, school staff knows you are fully cleared and safe to be an ongoing volunteer on campus.
7. Attend a content training session. This is only required for volunteers interested in becoming an academic tutor at one of our 10 focus elementary and middle schools.
NOTE: If you plan to volunteer at a Childhood Development Center (Pre-K), you must provide proof of vaccination for Influenza, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), and Measles to the front office at the school where you will be volunteering.
“I have been helping a young Muslim girl in 6th grade with her reading, and she is making great progress,” says Daniel (pictured above), an academic tutor at Brookfield Elementary. “It’s really a beautiful thing to see her understanding more and more each time I see her.” Read more from Daniel, a “rookie” volunteer who encourages others to take the plunge!