Volunteering Opportunities


Volunteer with the Smith Family
The Smith Family


27-Mar-2017
Multiple
27-Mar-2017
Various
Adelaide and Outer Metropolitan
Adelaide SA
Child Care,Community Services,Disability Education,Tutoring
Care Work

Multiple volunteering opportunities are currently available with the Smith Family. See below and visit the website to find out more

 

Homework Learning Club

This role provides the opportunity to use and enhance your tutoring, mentoring, and relationship skills, alongside other passionate team members!

Volunteer Learning Club Tutors assist students with homework tasks and structured activities, using materials provided by The Smith Family. You will be supporting students in their educational and personal development. Through this role, volunteers provide critical, direct support for the educational and social development of disadvantaged young Australians to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves. Your experience, or the desire to gain experience with children and younger people will serve you well in this safe and supportive out of school hours learning environment, where students have the opportunity to access resources, expertise and assistance with their homework and curriculum content.

What are Learning Clubs?

Learning Clubs provide a safe and supportive out-of-school learning environment where primary or secondary students can participate in activities that develop their academic and social skills. Students have the opportunity to access resources, expertise and assistance with their homework and curriculum content. Clubs usually run for at least 2 terms, and children attend once or twice a week for approximately one hour at no cost. Learning Clubs may differ across the country according to community needs. For example, some clubs provide homework support, or literacy and numeracy tutoring to assist children and young people to benefit more fully from their school based learning.

Training is provided to ensure all new volunteers feel confident and equipped for their tutoring role.

What does a Volunteer Tutor do?

  • Assist school students in developing skills and knowledge in particular subject areas through structured activities
  • Assist students to complete homework tasks, including reading and writing activities
  • Model and encourage appropriate behavioural standards and building positive relationships with students
  • Assist in the set up and packing up of materials

More about you:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate well with young people
  • Sound knowledge of primary or secondary-level subject areas
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Able to commit to regular weekly sessions for at least two terms (18 weeks)

 

iTrack Mentors

Many young people disengage from their education and drop out of school during their teenage years. The impact of growing up in disadvantage creates barriers that can make it even more difficult to see the benefit of completing Year 12. Leaving school early also affects the work choices available to young people. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds sometimes have a more limited network of people to talk to about career opportunities.

iTrack is an online mentoring program for high school students in Years 9 to 11. Students are matched with a supportive adult (other than a teacher or parent) who volunteers as a mentor and provides the student with general encouragement and advice and guidance about workplace, study and career opportunities. Students and mentors communicate over an 18 week period.

  • iTrack runs during Term times across the school year
  • Weekly online chat sessions are conducted at the same time and day each week, during business hours, for approximately 60 minutes per week. Once matched with a student, your chat time will remain the same for the duration of your mentoring experience.
  • Mentor training is provided
  • The cost of volunteer Child Protection Checks is fully subsided by state governments in ACT, NSW, QLD and VIC. In other states, there is a cost involved in applying for this volunteer check ranging from $11-$56. Volunteer mentors matched to students in those states are asked to cover this cost, as the check is valid for 3 years and is transferrable, meaning it can be used wherever you might be volunteering in child-related activities (e.g. your children’s sporting club, or with other organisations).

 

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