VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT

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

  • Volunteers with MMSF make a minimum commitment of 2-3 hours/week.

  • Saturday Session Roles (Class Deans, Mentoring Leads, Pod Leaders, Mentors, Instruction Leads, Instructors)

    • Saturday Sessions take place from 9:45 AM - 2:30 PM every Saturday during the school year (August through May, with breaks that coincide with standard SFUSD holidays).

      • Instruction is 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and often requires some additional time for team meetings or calls during the week to prep for lessons.

      • Mentoring is 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM and often requires some additional time during the week for lesson preparation and communicating with your mentee.

    • 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, at the very minimum, we require one full year of commitment from the beginning of August through the end of May. We prefer three years, but understand that sometimes you can't see that far out in your future. d

  • Other Leadership Roles (Directors of Summer Programs, Summer Programs/Junior Summer Experience Teams, Marketing and Events Team, Fundraising Team, Operations and Finance Teams)

    • These leadership roles are essential to the running and operating of Minds Matter San Francisco but are not bound by our weekly Saturday session commitment. To learn more about these more flexible commitment roles, please see the job descriptions at the end of this page.

Applications are currently open and will be considered as positions become available. If you are interested in our other leadership roles please contact join@mindsmattersf.org.

VOLUNTEER ROLES

Volunteers at MMSF often start off in one of two roles: instructors or mentors.

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 at least one year with MMSF (three preferred), show up prepared for session every Saturday from August through May, and be accessible during the week for lesson preparation.

  • 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.

  • 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 but not required.

MENTORS

Beginning their sophomore year of high school, each of our incredible students is matched with two mentors who work with them to discover, plan, and ready themselves for college. This includes building a strong, trusting, empathetic relationship with their mentors. 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 at least one year with MMSF (3 years preferred), show up prepared for session every Saturday from August through May, and be accessible during the week for your mentee.

  • The ability to build rapport and trust with people of all different backgrounds, experiences and ages.

  • A willingness to learn, listen, and collaborate.

  • The ability to set stretch goals and standards that mentees can achieve.

  • Conscientious and communicative practices.

  • Prior experience mentoring or coaching at-risk, first generation, or low-income youth a plus but not required.

LEADERSHIP

Though most new MMSF volunteers begin as a mentor or instructor, we also have leadership roles available for those who have the experience and desire to work with larger groups of mentees and volunteers. In addition, we have a few roles and teams that are not bound to a fixed weekly Saturday attendance requirement like our other roles. If you are interested in learning more about these roles and teams, please email join@mindsmattersf.org.

Saturday session leadership Roles

  • Pod Leaders - Each mentee class is divided into Pods of about 8 students and their mentors. Two Pod Leaders work together to manage each Pod, guiding mentoring session activities, facilitating discussions, and supporting the work of each mentor-mentee trio. Mentoring session curriculum is provided to Pod Leaders by the Mentoring Leads.

  • Mentoring/Instruction Leads - Mentoring Leads create, manage, and lead the mentoring curriculum for their respective class. The Instruction Leads manage their team of Instructors and lead the Instructional curriculum for their respective grade level. We have collected lesson plans that are aligned to our three-year curriculum and both Leads curate these resources for the Pod Leaders and Instructors to implement each session.

  • Class Deans - The Class Dean for each grade will mainly serve to support the Instruction Leads and Mentoring Leads and communicate any mentee or volunteer needs or issues to the Heads of Programs. As the person with the full picture of both Instruction and Mentoring session, the Class Deans will support curriculum alignment and fidelity as well as address the needs of any Mentees or Volunteers who might be in need of additional support.

other leadership roles

  • Directors of Summer Programs - The Directors of Summer Programs will be responsible for overseeing and managing the summer experiences of Sophomore and Junior mentees. The two Directors will work together to coordinate the applications of mentees to partner programs, disseminate information about programs to sophomore and junior mentees and mentors, and track the applications and decisions for all mentee summer experiences. They will both work closely with Minds Matter National for updates about partner programs.

  • Sophomore Summer Programs/Junior Summer Experience Teams - The Directors of Summer Programs are supported by teams that will offer individualized support to mentors and mentees throughout the summer program and junior experience application and acceptance process.

  • Marketing and Events Team - All of MMSF’s work is supported by three key annual fundraising events - Fall Soiree, Piano Concert, and Spring Gala. This team is both the creative and operational force behind each event and is responsible for all event planning, promotion, and execution.