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Volunteer Opportunities

Griffin School Partnerships provides a variety of opportunities for William & Mary students to support local schools.

Classroom Assistant

As a classroom assistant you'll support a teacher through weekly service during the school day. Activities vary based on the needs of the class and may include individual/small group academic support, preparation of materials, and other tasks as agreed upon between the teacher and student volunteer. Classroom assistants typically volunteer 1.5 - 2 hours each week.

Partner Schools:

  • Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School
  • Hornsby Middle School
  • Matthew Whaley Elementary School
  • Warhill High School Pathways Project
Griffin Afterschool

As a Griffin Afterschool tutor, you'll volunteer one afternoon each week at a local middle school providing academic support and leading group activities. Tutors typically volunteer 2 - 3 hours each week. Griffin Afterschool also offers enrichment programs -- typically on W&M's campus three Saturdays each semester. In the fall, we offer College Day, an opportunity for middle school students and their families to learn more about the college experience. The spring semester culminates with Big Trip. In previous years, we've visited Washington, D.C. and areas throughout the Virginia Peninsula. Tutors are expected to help with at least one enrichment program each semester.

Griffin Afterschool seeks to foster strong relationships between students and tutors, enrich both W&M and middle school students through effective learning and empowerment, encourage a strong sense of self in tutors, and develop students' skills to be confident self-advocates, life-long learners, and active citizens in the community.

Partner Schools:

  • Berkeley Middle School
  • Hornsby Middle School
  • Toano Middle School
Griffin Mentoring

As a Griffin Mentor, you’ll meet weekly with a student for the full academic year, and your focus will be on developing a positive, supportive relationship with your mentee. Mentors typically volunteer 1 - 1.5 hours each week. School-based mentoring programs help young people experience a sense of belonging in school, become actively engaged in their schools and communities, develop strong academic motivation and success, and strengthen relationships with teachers, family members and peers. Mentors are required to commit to a full academic year with their mentees.

Partner Schools:

  • Berkeley Middle School
  • James River Elementary School
Participation Requirements

All members are expected to participate in weekly volunteering, initial and ongoing training, issue education, and reflection. Griffin Afterschool and Mentoring have additional requirements, as outlined below.

Consistent Weekly Attendance

Consistent, on-time weekly attendance is critical to our relationships with schools, students, and families. In the case of illness/family emergency, volunteers must inform their team leaders in advance. Classroom assistants must all inform their teachers prior to their expected volunteer time. 

Training

All GSP volunteers participate in an initial training. This fall, training will be held on Sunday, September 24 from 3 - 5 p.m. in Tidewater (Sadler).

Participants also engage in on-going training opportunities on topics ranging from accessing student motivation to supporting struggling readers or working with students with disabilites. All volunteers attend at least one additional training each semester.

Fall 2017 Training Options:

  • Wednesday, October 11, 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 2, 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 7 - 8 p.m.

October and November trainings are held in Andrews 101.

Issue Education

GSP values a commitment to education equity and provides opportunities for participants to develop their knowledge of social justice issues in education. 92% of 2016-17 participants reported that they deepened their commitment to education equity through participation in OCE's school-based education programs.

GSP members attend at least one issue education session each semester. Past topics have included school discipline disparities and school re-segregation.

Fall 2017 Issue Education Options

  • Tuesday, October 10, 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1, 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16, 7 - 8 p.m.

All education sessions are in Andrews 101.

Reflection

Service is most meaningful when it is paired with education on the social issue being addressed and critical reflection. Participants gather twice each semester for reflection facilitated by team leaders. In fall 2017, small group reflection sessions will be offered the week of October 23 and November 27 (day/time varies by school).

Griffin Afterschool Only: Enrichment Programs

Griffin Afterschool tutors commit to helping with at least one enrichment program each semester.

Fall 2017 Enrichment Programs

  • Saturday, October 7
  • Saturday, October 28
  • College Day: Saturday, November 11
Griffin Mentoring Only: Year Commitment

Griffin Mentors make a full academic year commitment to their mentees and are expected to structure their second semester course schedules around their mentor time.

To Apply

Applications for fall 2017 will be available August 14 - September 13 on Griffin School Partnerships' TribeLink page. See below for further details regarding placement for each volunteer option below.

Classroom Assistants

In mid-September, applicants will be invited to sign up online for their school placement/time. Contact Communications & Recruitment with questions regarding scheduling. Classroom assistants will begin in schools the week of September 25.

Students interested in joining for the spring may sign up on TribeLink over Winter Break and during the first two weeks of the semester.

Griffin Afterschool

Tutors will receive their school placements the week of September 18. Contact Communications & Recruitment with questions regarding scheduling. Griffin Afterschool will begin the week of September 25.

Students interested in joining for the spring may sign up on TribeLink over Winter Break and during the first two weeks of the semester.

Griffin Mentoring

Mentor applicants will be contacted in mid-September to schedule an interview. Selected mentors are required to attend training on Sunday, September 24 prior to being matched with a mentee. Mentoring will begin in late September/early October.

Our next Griffin Mentoring open application period will be in fall 2018.