Connections: School Ambassadors, Student Advocates
With school buildings closed, it’s harder than ever for children to feel connected to their school and their community. If you are in the Montgomery County, Md., area, you can help us change that. Our Connections volunteer project has moved online, for as long as Montgomery County Public School buildings are closed, and we are recruiting volunteers of all ages now for our spring 2020 multi-generational cohort.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Get training, ideas, and regular support from ETA staff and your peer group of volunteers.
- Check in weekly by Zoom with your student, at a mutually convenient time, to talk, read, and get to know each other.
- Check in periodically with the student’s parents/caregiver, to hear their goals for their child, to strategize together on advocating for the child, and to share community resources that are available.
Commitment is approximately 2 hours per week for 12 months. This includes time spent with your student as well as time spent in a weekly group check-in with your peer volunteer group and ETA staff.
Our goal is to keep occasional missed classes, missing assignments, or fixable obstacles from growing into longer-term academic problems or the student losing contact with the school altogether.
We have a limited number of spaces in our spring cohort, so please get in touch soon if you’re intrigued. We’re happy to answer any questions.