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Become a Volunteer

We couldn’t do what we do at First Graduate without the support of our amazing volunteers. First Graduate relies on more than 300 volunteers annually to support students on their journey towards becoming first generation college graduates – from the instant a young person enrolls with us as a middle school student, to the triumphant moment when s/he graduates from college.

Here’s how you can get involved today:

1. Fill out the Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Form

Or contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager, Ashley Serra, at aserra@firstraduate.org

2. Find the Right Volunteer Opportunity

  • Browse – Upcoming volunteer opportunities is at the bottom of this page or see all upcoming events in the volunteer calendar.
  • Stay up-to-date with our Volunteer Newsletter – Once you complete the online application and/or attend a volunteer event you will be added to the Volunteer Newsletter email list. Volunteers receive the newsletter every six weeks that will contain links to opportunities.
  • Contact Staff – First Graduate staff is always available to answer any questions, and find the right fit for you! Do not hesitate to reach out.

3. Get Placed

First Graduate knows that every volunteer has unique talents to bring to our students and we will work hard to find the right fit for you. Some of our volunteer opportunities are first-come first-serve, while others require specialized skills.

Please note that there are no guaranteed volunteer opportunities.

Fall 2014 Volunteer Events

Academic Coaching

Date: Fall and/or Spring Semester
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm OR 4:00 – 5:30pm
Frequency: One time per week for four months

Academic Coaching

Date: Fall and/or Spring Semester
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm OR 4:00 – 5:30pm
Frequency: One time per week for four months

Academic Coaches (ACs) tutor our students during the after school program. ACs can choose to work with either First Graduate middle or high school students. Weekly, each Academic Coach works with a small group of 1 – 5 students. ACs not only help students finish their homework and brush up on academic subjects, but they also teach students important study skills.

Personal Statement Coaching

Date: September – October
Time: Every Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Frequency: Once a week over six weeks

Personal Statement Coaching

Date: September – October
Time: Every Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Frequency: Once a week over six weeks

Personal Statement Coaches work with students one-on-one to help them through the  college application process, from brainstorming to writing and editing. Every fall our high school seniors focus intensively on writing their personal statements for inclusion in their college applications.

Advisory Coaching

Date: September – May
Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm
Frequency: One Wednesday per month

Advisory Coaching

Date: September – May
Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm
Frequency: One Wednesday per month

Advisory Coaches work with a class of high school students once per month on college and career development. Volunteers work with a First Graduate staff member to help students develop career exploration skills, understand college requirements, and navigate the college application process. Each Advisory Coach works with one class of students (Freshmen, Sophomores, etc.) throughout the entire year.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Date: November, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Date: November, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm

The career panel is designed to give our high school students a sense of the world of opportunities that will be available to them with a college degree, as well as concrete details about what the path might look like. Volunteers sit on a panel with 2-3 professionals and have an in depth discussion with a small group of high school students about their personal career paths.

Resume Coaching

Date, Time, Frequency: Flexible

Resume Coaching

Date, Time, Frequency: Flexible

Companies provide group of employees who sign up to serve as Resume Coaches. Resume Coaches are matched with a college student for one-on-one resume review. First Graduate staff will train the employees on resume coaching and best practices on working with our college students.  This is a wonderful opportunity to engage your company and colleagues in a meaningful volunteer opportunity.

Interview Coaching

Date, Time, Frequency: Flexible

Interview Coaching

Date, Time, Frequency: Flexible

Interview Coaches are paired one-on-one with college students to coach them on their interview skills. College students are preparing for specific job or internship interviews, and their interview coach will prepare them to be as successful as possible.

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