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, Maryland, 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 to volunteers. We currently have a wait list for our next cohort of volunteers age 50+, and we welcome you to sign up!

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.

Please get in touch! We launch volunteers in groups, periodically. We’re happy to answer questions and add you to the list for our next volunteer cohort.

Become a Connections Volunteer
Connections: School Ambassadors, Student Advocates

Every child needs and deserves the support of multiple generations to become a thriving member of the community.