Education


Project Community students will work with schools or after-school programs to tutor, mentor, or engage K-12 students in educational programs and activities. The following sites require patient, supportive, positive, and reliable volunteers who are dedicated to working with youth in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, or Detroit. Many sites require background checks.

All of the Education sites count toward the Sociology & Social Work (SSW) submajor in the Sociology Department.


  Ann Arbor Public Schools (Section 002)

COVID Update: The community engagement with AAPS will be primarily be in-person. Remote options will be limited. 

What: Most of the volunteers’ time will be spent assisting elementary school teachers in online classrooms with specific students, small groups, or the whole class. Volunteers may help with a variety of virtual activities, such as reading, math, science experiments, and art projects. 

When: Shifts will generally be between 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, and students will be responsible for volunteering 2-4 hours a week, in order to gain 20-30 hours by the end of the semester.

Where: 2021-2022 Project Community Site Descriptions for Ann Arbor Public Schools 

Transportation: Students are welcome to take their own cars or CEAL Ride is provided free of charge for students without a vehicle for in-person shifts. Students can also take Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti buses for free with their Mcard to get to their site.

Orientation/Training: Students are required to complete a volunteer application, background check, and online orientation before being placed at a specific school.


Peace Neighborhood CenterPeace Neighborhood Center (Section 004)

COVID Update: Community engagement with PNC will be in-person. 

What: Peace Neighborhood Center (PNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide programs for children, families and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems. Peace helps people discover options, enhance skills, and develop attitudes that lead to self-sufficiency and positive community involvement. Volunteer opportunities are available working with our elementary and middle school students. Volunteers will build skills tutoring, mentoring, building relationships with youth, and supporting youth in making academic and personal goals

Who: Volunteers need to be patient, reliable, and positive. We expect volunteers to feel comfortable taking initiative and to believe in the greatness in every child.

When:

Peace Neighborhood Center Volunteer Information

Elementary School Tutoring

  • Mondays and/or Wednesdays: 4:45 – 6 PM
  • Tuesdays and/or Thursdays: 5:45 – 6:45 PM

Middle School Tutoring

  • Mondays and/or Wednesdays: 5:30 – 6:45 PM

High School Tutoring

  • Mondays and/or Wednesdays: 5:30 – 6:45 PM

It is best if you can commit to 2 afternoons/week. It is expected that you will volunteer between 2-4 hours a week, with the goal of obtaining approximately 20-30 hours by the end of the semester. Students should allow for driving time on the days they volunteer.

Where: You will volunteer at one of their locations in Ann Arbor: Peace Neighborhood Center Main Office (1111 N Maple Rd), Maple Meadows (880 S Maple Rd), and/or West Arbor (717 N Maple Rd).

Transportation: Students are welcome to take their own cars or CEAL Ride is provided free of charge for students without a vehicle for in-person shifts. Students can also take Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti buses for free with their Mcard to get to their site: #2 or #5 or #6 to #12 A/B or #9.

Orientation/Training: Students are required to complete a volunteer application, background check, and attend an orientation session.


826michigan (Section 007)

COVID Update: All of the schoolwork support, after-school writing, and wee-bots workshops will be remote. There may be some in-person opportunities during field trips and in-school projects.

What: 826michigan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. With a variety of volunteer opportunities available to fit even the busiest of schedules, there is a place for everyone!

Skills: This experience will offer volunteers real-world, hands-on experience working with young people in the field of education, and they will assist students with cultivating their creativity and encouraging expression.

Who: We are looking for volunteers from every background and area of expertise, as we have students who seek help on a variety of assignments and we like our students’ interests and identities to be reflected in our volunteer pool. Volunteers who have an interest in education, social justice, creative writing, or Spanish-language ability are especially encouraged to apply but ALL are welcome and needed.

When:

826michigan Volunteer Information

It is best if you can commit to 2 shifts/week. Students will expected to engage in remote work for approximately 2-4 hours a week, with the goal of obtaining approximately 20-30 hours by the end of the semester. Students can tutor 2 days a week and volunteer during other 826michigan programs (i.e., field trips, in-school projects, other workshops, etc.) to fulfill their hours.

Where: All work with 826michigan will be primarily remote, in partnership with their Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit programs.

Transportation: This site will be mainly be online, however students are welcome to take their own cars or CEAL Ride is provided free of charge for students without a vehicle for in-person shifts. Students can also take Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti buses for free with their Mcard.

Orientation/Training: Volunteers are required to attend a virtual information session and two online trainings. Background checks required.


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