Our mission is to increase the number of college-going students by inspiring and empowering youth through leadership training and mentoring. We provide structured programming to guide students towards a focused, well-defined path towards college. As a volunteer, you will contribute your time and passion, helping Be a Leader make it possible for students to pursue their educational dreams.
Facilitate at Monthly Workshops!
Be A Leader Institute High School – Monthly Session (Aug- May) 5-6 Hour Commitment
Monthly workshops for high school students that provides each participant with the tools and knowledge necessary to become college bound, focused and prepared. Volunteer opportunities included assisting with day of set-up, registration table, assisting facilitators with team building activities, lunch distribution and end of day breakdown.
Be A Leader Institute Elementary – Monthly Session (Aug- May) 4-5 Hour Commitment
Monthly workshops for 7th graders that aims to create a positive environment and nurturing community through its college-going curriculum and self-esteem development activities. Volunteer opportunities included assisting with day of set-up, registration table, assisting facilitators with team building activities, lunch distribution and end of day breakdown.
Valedictorian Club – Monthly Session (Aug- May) 4-5 Hour Commitment
Monthly workshops for 8th grade students to help guide them to use high school as a platform to develop the leadership and academic skills necessary for college success. They learn the tools to become college bound, focused and prepared. Volunteer opportunities included assisting with day of set-up, registration table, assisting facilitators with team building activities, lunch distribution and end of day breakdown.
Participate in community outreach events!
“Taking Steps Towards College Success” Annual Walk-a-thon – Annual Event (Fall – September) 2-6 Hour Commitment
“Taking Steps Towards College Success” is the first walk-a-thon in Arizona that provides the opportunity for all Arizonans to have direct access to college-going information. Volunteers will help in various areas including: Registration, Event Set Up, Bus Check In, and event crowd control. In addition, pre-event volunteer opportunities are available.
Be A Leader BBQ – Annual Event (Spring – Typically March) 2-3 Hour Commitment
This is a free event for students and families participating in Be A Leader programs. We aim to strengthen our college bound network by providing a fun atmosphere for students and their families to come together. Volunteer opportunities include day of set-up, activity facilitators, grilling/kitchen, registration, and end of day clean-up.
Share your professional success story with students!
Career Institute Guest Speakers – Multiple Sessions throughout Academic Year (Aug – May) 2-3 Hour Commitment
The Career Institutes are designed to provide students with a deeper and richer understanding of careers in various sectors. Through the Institutes, students engage with local professionals, providing them with a real-world sense of what their college and careers will entail. We currently host five (5) Career Institutes in the following areas: Business, Law, S.T.E.M., Medical and Education
In the Spring, we ask professionals in the community to participate in our Career Roundtables event. Here’s how it works: You will be seated at a table with a handful of students. You’ll have an opportunity to tell the students about your current professional role and how you got to where you are now (academics, training, mentorship, experiences, etc.). Students will then have the opportunity to ask you questions about your profession. After 10 minutes, the whistle blows and students rotate and have the opportunity to speak to another professional…and you’ll have the opportunity to speak to a new group of students! There will be approximately 6-7 rotations. It is a fun, exciting way for students to explore career possibilities.
Professional Shadow Week – Annual Event (Spring – March) 5-7 Hour Commitment
Partner with us to provide students the opportunity to live a “day in the life of ” your profession. Our goal is to provide students with a variety of professions to choose from including, but not limited to: Business, Architecture, Law, Medicine, Engineering, and Government. Volunteer opportunities include shadow professionals, communicating placements to students, and transporting students to placements.
Become a Senior Boot Camp Coach!
Senior Boot Camp (SBC) Coaches Program – Multiple Opportunities (August – May) 8-10 Hours -Monthly Commitment.
A critical component of the Senior Boot Camp is our Coaches Program. The program allows Coaches to choose the level of commitment they are realistically able to contribute to a student while juggling their personal and professional lives. You will provide students with individualized Coaching during this critical transition period of their educational journey – the 12th grade transition into college. Coaches are asked to work one-on-one with high school seniors at workshops and assist them throughout their “college going process.” It is our goal that through one-on-one interactions, Coaches will be able to build long lasting relationships, to help guide students during a crucial point in their academic lives. Please note: The SBC Coaches program does have a different application process, please click the following link to apply for this volunteer opportunity. SBC Coaches Application.