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Volunteering

 

Volunteering in Albany's public schools

Fiona Thompson, District Volunteer Coordinator

700 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12203

(518) 475-6360

fthompson@albany.k12.ny.us

 

We invite you to help us achieve our mission! 

The City School District of Albany welcomes volunteers to lend their skills and experience to a wide range of activities that support teachers and staff in all of our schools and throughout the district.

 

Anyone can volunteer in our schools -- parents, grandparents, college students and community members of all ages. Everyone has something to offer and we invite you to think about ways that your time and talents can assist the district in its mission to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. We are committed to finding the right fit for each volunteer's interests and experience.

 

To find out more about how you can get involved as a volunteer, please contact District Volunteer Coordinator Fiona Thompson at 475-6360. You also can download a volunteer application form at the link below, or pick one up in the main office of any of our schools.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Choose from 15 schools in 17 different buildings, from prekindergarten through Grade 12

  • Enjoy flexible hours

  • Choose your area of interest

  • Directly affect student success through your efforts

  • Give back to your community

  • Help stretch tax dollars

  • Get paid with affection and appreciation

Where we need volunteers most

  • English-language learners need help from volunteers who speak English fluently. Can you help during the school day or in an after-school program?

  • Albany High School needs:

    • After-school tutors in any academic area for general homework help and for English language learners on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m.

    • Math help during the school day.

Other ways to volunteer 

  • Be a literacy volunteer -- Help elementary-school students by reading to them and listening to them read to you; help with writing, vocabulary and other skills a student might need to strengthen.

  • Be a math volunteer -- Help with math concepts at whatever level you are comfortable with.

  • Be a tutor -- A tutor is a person who works closely with one or two students to help them with their academic work. Opportunities are available in all grades.

  • Be a mentor -- A mentor connects with one student in friendly and supportive conversation, committing to meet regularly over a period of time (for one lunch a week, for example).

  • Share an interest or talent

  • Be an expert – Speak to a class, a club or other group about your area of expertise, such as your craft, your job, your trip, or the subject of your research

  • Help students learning to speak English – New students join our schools from all over the world all through each school year and they need help to learn English and our customs quickly so they can get on with learning what others their age are learning.

  • Are you a snow bird? Help ESL students with their English when you’re in town.

  • Inspire students -- Talk about how you overcame major obstacles to become a responsible member of society.

  • Be an occasional extra pair of hands -- We have lots of events where an extra pair of hands or smiling face make all the difference.

  • Be a child care helper -- PTAs and other meetings need help with child care

  • Help in the school office -- Are you good at office work like typing, filing, organizing materials, answering phones? We could really use some help in one of our offices!

  • Help with after-school activities -- Literacy, math, science and the arts. Different schools’ days end at different times ranging from 2:30 to 3:35 p.m.

  • Participate in an Albany High club – AHS has over 40 clubs from Robotics to Chess, GSA to ESL, Hiking to Fashion, and Homework too.

  • Do you speak a language that is taught in our schools (Spanish, French, Chinese)? You could inspire students to speak it, too.

  • Come as a group – Ask how your friends and colleagues can volunteer together.

  • Are you a gardener or just like to help with watering? We have many school gardens during the fall and spring with students and all summer long.

  • Are you a parent, a high school student or a teacher? We invite you to contact the Albany City Council Parent-Teacher Association or individual school PTAs to find out how you can get involved.

The City School District of Albany is located in the capital city of New York state. The district serves nearly 9,000 students in 15 schools, including 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, one prekindergarten-grade 8 school, one comprehensive high school and a number of innovative and alternative education programs. The district offers several outstanding school choice options, including three theme-based magnet elementary schools, a bilingual Dual-Language Program and open enrollment options across the district.

 

For more information about enrollment, class size, academic programs, magnet schools, food service programs and much more, refer to the "quick links" navigation bar on the home page.

 

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