Volunteer Hope actively works to support the learning and achievement of all students at Hope Academy.
We provide training to community volunteers who engage in meaningful volunteer assignments that meet a demonstrated need in our schools.
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: please see below!
Volunteer Hope is a program within the Development Department of Hope Academy that develops volunteer programming, supports current volunteers, and maintains partnerships between the school and other community organizations.
Volunteers play an important role in Hope Academy. Every day local college students, family members, and individuals from the community bring fresh perspectives, enthusiasm, and patience into our schools while assisting teachers, staff, and students. They encourage students and inspire them to reach their potential. Additionally, these volunteers experience a sense of fulfillment and pride in helping to improve our school for everyone in the community.
Volunteer Hope actively supports the learning, achievement, and spiritual growth of all students at Hope Academy. We provide training to community volunteers who engage in meaningful volunteer assignments which promote successful outcomes for students and teachers
Volunteer Hope actively strives to engage community members and families as volunteers in support of our school and students. Volunteer Hope envisions strong, meaningful relationships between the community and our school.
VOLUNTEER FOR HOPE ACADEMY
- Volunteer opportunities are available to work with Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
- Volunteer orientation is provided throughout the school year.
- Flexible volunteer hours are available during the school day (K-12), before school, and after school.
- No teaching experience is required.
Our community volunteers support and empower K-12 students as they acquire the necessary academic, social, and cultural skills to succeed. Volunteers work under the direction of a classroom teacher, working with students one-to-one or in small groups.
AS A VOLUNTEER YOU WILL
- Receive general training to prepare you for your experience in the classroom
- Assist students with building crucial academic and social skills
- Support teachers by helping students stay engaged in classroom work
- Recommended commitment of 2 hours a week for the school year. Hours vary between 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
- Volunteers are able to join the classroom at any point during the school year.
Thank you for your interest in being a volunteer with Hope Academy!
In order to become a volunteer at Hope Academy, you must complete all of the following:
- Complete an online application.Attend an orientation.
- You must attend an orientation in order to be placed as a volunteer.
If you are a parent or guardian of a current Hope Academy student, please complete our Parent/Guardian Volunteer application.
If you are interested in volunteering with Hope Academy, but are not a parent or guardian of a current Hope Academy student, please complete our Community Member application.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT (under 18)
If you are a high school student (under 18) outside of Hope Academy that would like to volunteer in Hope Academy, you will need a signed parent/guardian permission form before volunteering.
If you are a college student and will be completing a pre-student teaching experience (field experience or practicum) at Hope Academy, please complete our Pre-Student Teaching application.
BACK TO SCHOOL VOLUNTEER TIPS!
You know your relationship with the teacher/school best. If you made arrangements to begin at the very beginning of the school year, feel free to make that happen.
Many teachers need a couple of weeks with their students before introducing volunteers into the classroom. If you don’t have prior arrangements to start right away, consider waiting to connect with your teacher until the beginning to middle of September.
Get to know those students’ names! Using a child’s name when speaking to them is a volunteer best practice and a great way to begin building relationships!
Make sure that you’ve been oriented as a volunteer! If you haven’t, email Erin to sign up for a fall orientation session.
Give it time – just like returning volunteers, new volunteers should wait a few weeks before requesting to jump into the classroom. Some classes can take volunteers immediately, but expect to wait for students and classes to settle in.
Jump in! Don’t limit yourself to what you think volunteering at a school should look like. Try volunteering in a new grade, new subject matter, or in an after school program to get a little bit outside your comfort zone! Teachers will begin requesting volunteers after the first few weeks of school – make sure to check our website for updated volunteer opportunities!
Advocate for yourself. We won’t know where to place you if you aren’t able to indicate your interests! Before inquiring about becoming a volunteer, do some research and find where your true interests lie. Not interested in volunteering in trigonometry? Then what would you like to do?
From in school competitions, to our creative expressions night, to teacher appreciation events, Hope Academy is always looking for event volunteers. To sign up for our general interest email list, please fill out this form. Upcoming events will be added to this page regularly.
Event volunteers do not need to go through a district application or orientation unless they also plan to volunteer regularly at a school site.
Hope Academy requires that all volunteers receive an orientation prior to working in our school.
More information coming soon…
Hope Academy exists because of the sacrifices made by hundreds of staff, parents, and donors alike — all who share a passion for urban youth. Get in on the joy of our ministry by sacrificially giving of your time, talents, and treasure.
To learn more visit our giving page.
2300 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 540-2000
Fax: (612) 722-9048
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Help our families prepare for a new school year!
We still have about 200 students waiting for backpacks! Help foster hope in God through providing backpacks & school supplies and/or uniforms to those who need them. Sign up and give online here.
Classrooms are moving to new spaces!
We’re very excited for the addition of a third 2nd grade class in our elementary school! Our fourth grade classes also get to move into their newly constructed spaces in the Fall. With all this moving, we need YOUR help! If you would like to bring a group to help us move a classroom, please email me here.
Help us improve!
If you volunteered with us this past year, please take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey. We highly value your opinion as we strive to make your volunteer experience here better.