NOTE: This volunteer opportunity is for confirmed MAPS 2.0 volunteers who will be serving with Alder Elementary and the organization Greater Than through virtual content creation. You will use this service opportunity to track your orientation and volunteer shifts and log the hours you have served.
If you are not a confirmed volunteer yet but would like to join this program, please apply here:
Historically, we have provided 1:1 “Lunch buddy” college mentors to 2nd-grade students at Alder Elementary and supported Kindergarten classes. Alder Elementary School has a large population of students who face economic barriers in a diverse multilingual and multicultural area. The historic MAPS mentorship program was designed to strengthen Alder students’ awareness and understanding of what college is at an early age through one-on-one connections with PSU student mentors.
This year, in light of the pandemic, we have modified the ways in which we are supporting this historic partnership with Alder; volunteers will instead focus on developing virtual programming related to introducing the idea of college / higher education to the youth of Greater Than’s programs.
Content creation projects will be lead by MAPS leaders Alyssa and Diana, in collaboration with the volunteer group. Initial ideas include creating a TikTok channel about college for Alder youth to engage with, creating a virtual video of PSU for elementary students to "meet" students and hear what college is about, and potential opportunities to join a virtual elementary school classroom to lead an activity. However, this team is ready to hear any ideas that new members have to offer!
We are looking for students that want to flex their creativity and passion for youth development! Experience with platforms like Tiktok, Instagram, Youtube, and Canva is helpful but not required!
Ability to join virtual weekly Zoom meetings and interest in creating virtual educational content and activities to engage youth in learning more and thinking about higher education.
When: Weekly content creation meetings on Mondays from 2:30-4:00 pm led by MAPS leaders Alyssa and Diana.
Start Date: Orientation begins week 3; volunteering begins in week four. Additional training offered by SCEC for all MAPS 2.0 volunteers during weeks 3-5.
Training / Orientation provided for all MAPS 2.0 volunteers by SCEC:
- Anti-Racism and Orientation Training: Given Upon Joining the Team
Be enrolled at PSU for each academic term during the 2020-21 academic year
Maintain institutional an undergraduate GPA of 2.0 or a graduate GPA of 2.5
Passion for higher education and interest in developing engaging virtual content for elementary and middle school-aged students
Strong interpersonal skills and are comfortable working with people
Ability to model leadership, professional behavior, and be a strong role model
Our Community Partner
Alder Elementary is a school in the Reynolds School District rich with diversity and resilience, in which 27 different languages are spoken by students and their families. Greater Than's mission is to support and empower students from poverty-impacted communities to thrive in school, college, and career.
NOTE: This volunteer opportunity part of SCEC's MAPS 2.0 Program. Volunteers will be serving with Alder Elementary and the organization Greater Than through weekly remote content creation. You will use this service opportunity to track your orientation and volunteer shifts and log the hours you have served.