School Volunteer Programs

Service done by adults on behalf of public or private schools.

How To Respond to Common Excuses (not to volunteer), Liz O'Donnell, PTO Today, 2016
Palmetto Middle School mentoring program encourage students to become ‘distinguished gentlemen’, Naeem Mcfadden Star & Enterprise, 2017

Innovative project targeting young African-American males.

Researchers Find Experience Corps Boosts Student Learning, Adult Health, 2009

Various studies of AARP Experience Corps

Why Don't People Volunteer?, Evelyn Beck, PTO Today, 2015
Why Telecollaborative Projects Sometimes Fail: Taboo Topic No Longer, Judi Harris, Learning & Leading with Technology, 2000

Why do some educational telecollaborations in near-perfect conditions fail? What can be learned from these puzzling events about how to sustain and support online projects.

Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education.


"iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide."  There is a particularly good area of the site explaining telementoring and linking to more resources.

PTO Today

Wonderful publication and online resource for parent-teacher organizations -- but with all sorts of useful nuggets for ANY all-volunteer organization.

Sanchez Elementary School Online Mentoring Program

This resource was developed by Jayne Cravens for Sanchez Elementary School in Austin, Texas through the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. This online mentoring program is no longer operational but these Web materials have been preserved to help other schools develop their own online mentoring programs.

School Volunteer Management Handbook

This handbook is a resource guide for VISTAs in charge of managing school-based volunteers. Although much of this handbook is site specific (relating only to Sanchez Elementary School in Austin, TX), all of the information should be helpful to anyone managing a school-based volunteering program or working with volunteers in general.

Tutor/Mentor Connection

The mission of TMC is "to gather and organize all that is known about successful non-school tutoring/mentoring programs and apply that knowledge to expand the availability and enhance the effectiveness of these services to children throughout the Chicago region."

Youth Service America Blog

Youth Service America shares current news, information, and grant opportunities from the service-learning and youth service fields, including stories of youth successful in helping their communities.

Membership association of "mentoring professionals and interested parties," providing best practice information, guidance, and coaching.  

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