Whether you have an occasional hour to spare or a few extra hours each week, you can help make a difference. Feel free to explore our volunteer overview page to find a project that best suits your interests.
Academic Mentors Project
- Volunteers work with bright, motivated students in grades 5-11 to explore a particular career or area of passion. Mentorships activities could include hands-on projects, shadowing at a workplace, research on a topic of mutual interest or field trips.
- Qualifications: Ability to work one-on-one with a student; a level of expertise in the subject area of interest.
- Commitment: Six hours total over 2 – 6 weeks, September through May. Schedule is established at the beginning of the mentorship.
- Click here for more information on volunteering as an Academic Mentor!
Classroom Speakers Project
- Teachers request presenters to visit their classroom to enhance or reinforce the curriculum. The topic might be career oriented, i.e. banking, geology, or a hobby such as coin collecting, or an area of special interest such as poetry, art, or astronomy. Other areas might be places of travel or foreign cultures. Hands-on activities are especially valued by the students, the more engaging the better.
- Qualifications: Able to work with students in elementary and middle school grades; good communication skills.
- Commitment: Flexible; from one presentation a year to several presentations each month. Scheduling is on a request basis.
- Click here for more information on becoming a Classroom Speaker!
Family Involvement Project
- Volunteers help with the set up, serving of refreshments and facilitation of different evening events.
- Volunteer activities will vary with the type of Family Night. Reading and Response to Literacy evenings will involve reading to children or to families. Volunteers for Math Nights will teach families simple math games and at Art Nights they will help with the distribution of art supplies, plus lend a hand where needed with the art project. At all other Family Nights, volunteers will help facilitate the families’ rotation to various educational stations.
- Qualifications: Desire and ability to interact with children and their families. Ability to read aloud to small groups of children or small groups of families (books provided). Ability to teach simple math games to families (materials and instructions provided).
- Commitment: Flexible; from one evening per year to several evenings per month. Two hours per evening from 5:00-7:00 pm.
- Click here for more information on volunteering for a Family Night!
Special Events Project
Career Day Participants
- Volunteers represent their career, profession, trade or business at elementary, middle or high school career events.
- Qualifications: Ability to interact positively and enthusiastically with groups of students on an age appropriate level. The ability to highlight the main activities, different skill levels and the educational requirements for a given profession.
- Commitment: 3 – 4 hours on the day of the school’s Career Fair.
Science Fair Judges
- Volunteers judge the science fair projects of Denver Public School students, typically at the elementary and middle school level.
- Qualifications: Love of science, knowledge of the scientific method and its applications and a desire to assist, guide and encourage the student’s interest in science.
- Commitment: Four (4) hours in the morning or afternoon on the day of the schools’ Science Fair.
- Click here for more information on volunteering for a special event