All Service to Children Projects go through the Page Education Foundation’s office for verification and approval. In order to have a Service to Children Project approved by Page Education Foundation staff, volunteer projects must have all of the following components listed below. Summit your Service to Children Project Proposal due October 31st.
The Page Education Foundation’s Service To Children project has some guidelines and basic expectations, which include:
- Volunteer project must be in Minnesota and with a Minnesota organization.
- Note: Our preference is that you volunteer with an educational institution.
- Volunteer project must have an academic component and the projects main focus must be academics not recreation (i.e., tutoring, homework help).
- Volunteer project must be direct work with children in grades kindergarten through 8th
- Volunteer project must be during the academic school year Page Scholars are awarded the grant.
- Volunteer project must have a site supervisor who is not relative, friend or peer.
- Volunteer hours must be completed by May 1 of the following year.
- Note: Students who do not meet this deadline will not be eligible for scholarship renewal the following year.
- Volunteer projects with known biological relatives (i.e., tutoring your own children, nephew, nieces, cousins, etc).
- Volunteer projects with preschool children (0-5 years), high school students, college students or adults.
- Volunteer projects that are not academic (i.e., coaching, sports, bible study, Sunday school, baby sitting).
- Volunteer projects with organizations or programs outside the state of Minnesota.
- Volunteer projects in which students are receiving monetary compensation.
- Volunteer projects that are supervised by friends and family members.
The Page Education Foundation will provide resources, assistance and tips on finding a volunteer project as well as organizations that may offer volunteer opportunities, but Page Scholars are ultimately responsible for setting up the project on their own.
Your Service to Children Project commitment must be the same as the commitment you would make to a job. The organization where you volunteer depends on you to meet the needs of the children they serve.
- To be given clear instructions and supervision
- To be treated with respect
- To be given work that is interesting and challenging, not work that is considered too mundane or trivial for the paid staff
- To have privacy and confidentiality respect
- To receive ongoing support and feedback
- To find your own Service to Children Project (Page staff can help make suggestions)
- To make sure you are adequately trained, including taking responsibility for getting information from missed training sessions
- To make only those commitments you can keep
- To take responsibility for effective communication in relationships with program staff and supervisors, providing them with information about your work
- To make sure the program staff and supervisors have your current phone numbers, email address and times you can be reached
- To communicate problems and other situations that arise in your service
- To contact the Page Education Foundation staff if you are encountering issues at your volunteer site
Volunteer Site And Their Rights
- To expect that you will show up to the volunteer site when you are scheduled for a shift
- To expect that you will be appropriately attired at the volunteer site
- To expect that you will volunteer with a positive attitude
- To give you instructions and directions based on their program’s expectations
- To reprimand volunteers who do not show up to their scheduled shifts with no calls/no shows or require that you provide proof of document(s) for absences
- To reprimand volunteers who have poor attitudes or refuse to follow instructions/directions given by site coordinators
- To terminate you from your volunteer service if they feel you cannot meet their organization’s volunteer expectations
Remember that when you choose to become a Page Scholar, you are taking on responsibilities that influence others. This can be a rewarding privilege, and one we hope you and your volunteer site can benefit from through the course of your Service to Children Project. We look forward to hearing about your experiences.
As you look for Service to Children Project sites, keep in mind the following important factors. If you take these points into consideration, you will find a positive environment for yourself and the children with whom you will work with.
Know Your Personal Focus And Interests
Have a clear understanding of your interests and how they relate to the Service to Children Project. What specific age range would you like to work with (K-8th only)? What skills do you have that you would like to share with them? Do you want to tutor in math, reading or another subject? What do you want to learn and gain from this experience?
Look For Quality Community Organization
At the organization where you plan to volunteer, are the individuals (staff/other volunteers) excited about your involvement? Do they have experience hosting volunteer tutors? Are they knowledgeable of the service-learning concept? Are they approachable and open to helping you if you have questions/concerns?
Look For A Thoughtfully Structured Program
Does the program have clear expectations/requirements for volunteers? Do they have a volunteer job description for your position? Can you receive an interview or check out the program before you make a commitment? Does the program have a positive history and reputation in the community? Will you receive any training or orientation?
The Placement Should Involve “Real” Service Work
Is the position focused on administrative “busy work” or does it meet your needs of providing direct mentoring to children? How much contact will you have with children? (You need about 2 hours each week of the school year or 50 hours by application renewal date: May 1.)
Work Site Logistics
Do the site hours fit with your academic, employment and social schedule? Will you have any transportation problems getting to and from the mentoring site?
Opportunities For Reflection, Evaluation And Feedback
How do you know if you are doing an okay job? Do you get a chance to meet with other tutors to share experiences and learn from them? Do you have the chance to give the organization constructive feedback and evaluation of their program?
How does the program come to an end? Is there a time to recognize the youth and mentors through a celebration or closing event? Do you have the opportunity at the end of the school year to say a thoughtful goodbye to the children you have been working with?
Note: All sites listed must still be granted approval from the Foundation by submitting a completed Service to Children Project Proposal Form.
Don’t wait until it is too late to start your Service to Children Project. Learn more about the program by reviewing the Service to Children Projects Handbook and start doing your part as a Page Scholar.
Need More Information?
If you have any questions regarding your Service to Children Project that cannot be answered in the handbook or online resources, please feel free to contact our staff via email using our online contact form.
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