Become a Volunteer
We offer many ways to get involved, scroll down to learn more about our programs!
Students and volunteers work one-on-one together in our Student Center during College Coaching.
Applying to college takes just a few hours yet can change a student’s life forever. As a College Coach, you’re at the heart of this transformation, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with high school students as they explore college options, and complete essays, applications and financial aid paperwork. College Coaches work in-person at our San Francisco center, and commit to volunteering several times throughout a semester.
Virtual College Coach
Through our new virtual college advising program, we are bringing vital services to students across the country previously without access. As a virtual coach, you will be matched with an incoming high school senior and, equipped with thorough training and support from our staff, you will communicate through our online platform as you help your student navigate the college admissions process. From building a strong college list to perfecting the personal statement, you will provide essential guidance to a promising but under-resourced student. This opportunity works well for busy professionals; volunteers commit approximately 2-4 hours per month Summer 2017 – Summer 2018, and create life-changing opportunities for students.
Mission High School Volunteering
Throughout the academic year, we teach a College Readiness course at Mission High School to sophomore and junior advisory classes. Students at Mission come from diverse backgrounds, often with minimal exposure to college opportunities. Thus, volunteer participation is instrumental in providing students with more individualized attention during particular lessons, such as Professional Communication, Resume Building, Exploring Majors and Career Paths, and Personal Statement Drafting. Volunteers can expect to work with small groups of students during a 45 minute period, following ScholarMatch’s guided lesson plans. Workshops take place on select Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30pm in the Fall and Spring. Demand for volunteers varies throughout the school year, so this is a flexible opportunity!
Career Coach – coming soon!
For under-resourced students, the transition from college to career can be daunting. As a Career Coach, your industry-specific mentorship gives college juniors and seniors a priceless advantage as they prepare to enter the workforce. Coaches connect with their mentee in-person locally or virtually and commit to a total of 5-10 hours throughout the course of the program. Demand varies as Career Coaches will be matched according to need. Most matches are made during spring and summer months. If you are a busy professional, this is a great volunteer opportunity that can be flexible with your schedule!
We host volunteer workshops and events for companies looking to give back locally. If your company is interested in partnering with us to provide a great employee bonding experience through sharing expertise with under-resourced students, please fill out this form and we will follow up with you promptly.
Employees from NetSuite volunteer at Mission High School.