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New Volunteer Orientation for High School Volunteers

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Required orientation for new volunteers who have applied to work with high school students in the 2021-2022 school year

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This orientation is required for all who are interested in volunteering with high school students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School or the High School Extension Program of the Cambridge Public Schools.

In addition to this session, prospective volunteers will also need to attend our cultural humility workshop (if they did not already in the last two school years). A 10-minute one-to-one placement meeting with CSV staff is also required.

This orientation begins with an information session, where our director of high school programs tells you about the services provided by Cambridge School Volunteers (a partner of the public school district), about the CPS student and teacher community, and our expectations of volunteers. We'll also explain how CSV supports you, the volunteer.

We will follow up with the next steps and potential start dates based on your schedule and program needs.

To sign up for other meetings follow the link below. If there are no more available spots in the sessions needed to complete your process, or no dates available, contact us through email at

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What is the time commitment? Volunteers give one hour per week, for at least one semester; preferably for the school year. Many volunteers choose to work more hours.

When are volunteers needed? Before, during, and after-school volunteer jobs, including but not limited to tutoring, occur on weekdays for approximately one hour, most located at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway. Remote volunteering via Zoom and /or Google Meet is a possibility, but there are fewer openings that are virtual.

Who are the students? Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and the High School Extension Program have students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, English language learning status, and other circumstances that impact their educational success. Forty-five percent of the student body is considered "high needs" as defined by the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Approximately 44% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Can I help if I’ve never worked in a school? Yes! You do not have to have prior experience as a tutor or teacher. We will work to match your talents with a need in the schools.

Do I need to provide references or have a CORI check? Yes. We will also need an image of a government-issued photo ID (driver's license or passport) for a CORI (criminal record) check, documentation of COVID-19 vaccination, your immunization record, and a Receipt of Ethics/Conflict of Interest Summary Form. New volunteers must also provide two completed reference forms (your two references should be individuals who have known you for at least 6 months.)

To fill out an application and submit paperwork, head to

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Founded in 1966, Cambridge School Volunteers is an independent non-profit organization supporting the academic and personal success of Cambridge public school children. CSV develops programs which match caring and competent adults with students of all needs and levels. To read more CSV success stories, please visit our website:

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