• February 1, 2017

Volunteer to Impact Students’ Lives

Volunteer to Impact Students’ Lives

CollegeTracks offers our volunteers the unique opportunity to be part of our critical work to help students through the college admission and financial aid processes or as a Test Prep tutor.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

Being a CollegeTracks volunteer can be demanding and requires a good deal of energy, but the experience is very rewarding! Volunteers are critical to our work, and they assume various roles within our organization. We have two types of volunteer positions available through our program. You may chose to be a College Access Volunteer or a Test Prep Volunteer. Each requires a weekly commitment of 2-6 hours on a specified school day for the duration of the academic year. All volunteers are required to participate in a role-specific training program to ensure they have the best tools and resources to support their work with students.

VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTIONS

ACT TEST PREP VOLUNTEER

Test Prep Volunteers help students prepare for the ACT college admissions test by tutoring a small group of students once a week for 8 to 12 weeks every semester. They work under the close supervision of CollegeTracks staff and collaboratively with other Test Prep volunteers. Test Prep Volunteers prepare 45-60 minute lessons in a range of subject areas (English, Math, Reading, etc), help students understand subject material, provide test-taking strategies, and support students through practice tests. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Receiving training on the structure of the exam, strategies, and basic subject material
  • Using CollegeTracks’ Test Prep approved materials such as lesson plans, worksheets, and practice tests to assist students
  • Communicating with individual students about test prep and tracking their attendance
  • Introducing students to the structure of the exam and providing encouragement
  • Delivering explanations of basic concepts in different subject areas
  • Encouraging students to participate in the CollegeTracks program by setting up weekly appointments and involvement in workshops.
  • Reminding students to register for the ACT Test.

ACCESS VOLUNTEER

College Access Volunteers perform a variety of tasks related to the college admissions and financial aid processes. They work under the close supervision of CollegeTracks staff and are trained to understand the information and procedures needed to help students navigate CollegeTracks’ critical Milestones in order to apply to college and receive financial aid. These milestones are:

1. Planning a Higher Education & Career Pathway
2. Preparing for Standardized Tests
3. Creating a College List
4. Submitting College Applications
5. Applying for Financial Aid
6. Applying for Scholarships
7. Deciding Which College to Attend
8. Enrolling in College

College Access volunteers work with a range of individual students; research information on colleges and scholarship opportunities; and assist staff with administrative work such as organizing, filing, and copying. Specific tasks include:

  • Registering students with CollegeTracks
  • Registering and preparing students for college admission tests
  • Creating a college list that matches the student’s interests and abilities
  • Helping students complete all parts of the college application, including essay writing and transcript requests
  • Assisting students and families with completion and submission of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Helping students research and apply for grants and scholarships
  • Helping students through the enrollment process at Montgomery College
  • Encouraging students to join the CollegeTracks Success Program to help them transition to and get through college

VOLUNTEER QUALIFICATIONS

CollegeTracks requires that all volunteers:

  • Believe that all students who graduate from high school deserve the opportunity to go to college or technical school
  • Have a degree from a two-year or four-year U.S. college or university
  • Be friendly, empathetic, and sensitive to cultural differences
  • Have strong interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all student information
  • Feel comfortable advising all students— volunteers are not assigned as mentors to individual students
  • Be willing to ask questions whenever in doubt
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Attend volunteer training sessions
  • Commit to volunteer during the school day for a minimum of two to six hours (depending on the volunteer role) for an entire academic year (September – June)

Prospective volunteers are selected as space becomes available.

Thank you for your interest in CollegeTracks!

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