VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT

The opportunity to make an impact on a student’s life comes with important responsibilities. When working with youth, one of the key components to building trust is just showing up. Commitment is key with our program—your presence, proactive communication, and conscientiousness are what makes Minds Matter of San Francisco work.

  • To adequately prepare for volunteering with MMSF, we will spend Saturdays in August onboarding our volunteers and mentees. This will include learning about our organization, team building, and learning the building blocks of our program and learning objectives for the year. This is mandatory as we need you to be successful as a volunteer at MMSF.
  • We require a minimum commitment of 3-4 hours per week, including time needed for weekly lesson preparation and regular communication with your mentee(s).
    • Sessions take place from 9:45 AM - 2:15 PM every Saturday during the school year (August through May, with breaks that coincide with standard SFUSD holidays).
      • Instruction is 9:45 AM - 12:15 PM and requires additional time for team meetings or calls during the week to prep for lessons.
      • Mentoring is 11:45 AM - 2:15 PM and requires additional time during the week for lesson preparation and communicating with your mentee and their instructors.
  • We require a minimum attendance of 80% of Saturday sessions (approx. 20 of 25 weeks from August through May) and advanced notice of any absences.
  • Building strong relationships with a student is vital for their success and growth, so we urge you to apply only if you can commit to volunteer at least three years with us. At the very minimum, we require one full year from the beginning of August through the end of May.


OPEN VOLUNTEER ROLES

All volunteers at MMSF start off in one of two roles: instructors or mentors. Our best volunteers have the ability to flex into either role and are open to applying to both.

INSTRUCTORS

The instructional component of our programs is designed to equip students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for achieving academic success at school and in their standardized tests. Our instructors serve as guides and role models for our students, encouraging them to deepen their knowledge base and to enjoy the process of learning. Instructors take on a variety of different roles in our organization: leading a class on a subject area, teaching the SAT/ACT, and developing and delivering workshops on close reading, critical thinking, and statement writing skills for our students and their mentors. We will work with you to find a role that best fits your skills and experience. 

What we look for:

  • The ability to commit to three years with MMSF, show up prepared for session every Saturday from August through May, and accessible during the week for your mentee and the broader MMSF community.
  • Presentation and facilitation skills appropriate to a small group and/or classroom setting.
  • Depth of knowledge and passion for a particular academic subject.
  • Ability to take a complex concept and simplify it, so that anyone can learn it.
  • Unfettered curiosity for how things work—especially when it comes to academics and tests.
  • Passion for setting goals and gaining concrete results.
  • Ability to work in a team and navigate ambiguity.
  • Prior experience designing a curriculum and instructional materials is a plus.

MENTORS

Each student is matched with two mentors, who work closely to help their student become well-rounded and navigate the college experience from application to graduation. Mentors work with their students to discover, plan for, and ready themselves for college, which includes building a strong, trusting, empathetic relationship with their mentees. Our mentors serve as positive role models and catalysts for the students, encouraging them to fulfill their full potential.

What we look for:

  • The ability to commit to three years with MMSF, show up prepared for session every Saturday from August through May, and accessible during the week for your mentee and the broader MMSF community.
  • The ability to set stretch goals and standards that mentees can achieve.
  • Conscientious and communicative practices, like responsiveness to others and advance notice of absences.
  • The ability to build rapport and trust with people of all different backgrounds, experiences and ages; especially people from first generation or low-income backgrounds.
  • Prior experience mentoring or coaching at-risk, first generation, or low-income youth.
  • A demonstrated passion for understanding people and what motivates them.

Applications close on March 31, 2017.