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Orientation for High School Volunteers

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Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (TRC, Rm 3501)

459 Broadway

Cambridge, MA 02138

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This orientation is required for all who are interested in volunteering at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), the city's one comprehensive public high school. Thanks for signing up!

Orientation begins with an information session, where our director of high school programs will let you know about

  • Who we are: Cambrige School Volunteers
  • The CRLS student and teacher community
  • The array of volunteer programs that CSV runs at CRLS
  • Expectations of volunteers
  • How CSV supports you, the volunteer

During this part of orientation, you'll be able to get answers to any questions you may have.

The information session is followed by a brief one-to-one discussion between you and our director of high school programs and her staff about which program will be the best fit for you. You'll also complete registration forms and review them with the director. After this one-to-one discussion, you are welcome to leave. We will follow up with next steps and potential start dates based on your schedule and program needs.

FAQs

How do I sign up for volunteering?
Choose a date to come in for an orientation in the drop-down menu above. Or you can always just call us to register for one of these dates by phone: 617-349-6794.

What is the time commitment?
Volunteers give one or two hours per week, for at least one semester. Many volunteers choose to work more hours.

When are volunteers needed?
All opportunities occur before, during or after the school day (between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, during the school year). There are no evening or weekend volunteer opportunities.

What if I don't know for sure whether I want to work with high school or younger students?

If you aren't sure, you can attend either this orientation or an orientation for K–8 volunteers. If, after learning more and having the opportunity to meet our staff in person, you decide you would prefer to be placed with a K–8 student or class, you will not need an additional orientation or paperwork. Your information will be transferred to our director of K–8 programs for follow-up.

Who are the students?
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School has students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, countries of origin, and special circumstances. Forty-three percent of the student body is considered "high needs" as defined by the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE); thirty percent are "economically disadvantaged" as defined by the DESE (however, a much higher proportion than 30% 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.

What about training?
Training begins as soon as you attend one of the informational orientation sessions. Ongoing support continues via training events throughout the year. Some special projects have monthly trainings as well.

When are the orientations?
To see a listing of upcoming orientations, click on the registration button above.

Where do the CSV orientations take place?
High school orientations take place in the Teacher Resource Center on the third floor of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS). Click here for directions.

What are your current needs?
We are recruiting and matching volunteers for the following programs: CSV Tutoring Center at CRLS (one-to-one, after and before school), CSV College and Career Mentoring Program (one-to-one, after school on Wednesdays), School-day Academic Support Program (generally 2–3 students in small groups), Drop-in Morning Math (7:30–8:00, twice a week), Classroom Volunteers, and Science Olympiad. However, we also will work with you to use your talents, so please sign up for an orientation even if you aren't sure which role is a fit.

Do I need to provide references or have a CORI check?
Yes. You can download the High School Reference Form and bring two copies with you to your orientation. Your references should be individuals who have known you for at least one year. Also, bring a government-issued photo ID (drivers license or passport) for a CORI (criminal record) check.

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