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Volunteer

Speaker Collection

Let’s inspire learning and career exploration through speaker stories!

For Teachers!

For Volunteer Speakers!

Your story makes a difference when you choose to share it with others. Become part of our Speaker Collection today.

How it works

Sign up!

Volunteers create profiles and complete required onboarding, including, in most cases, a Live Scan background check.

Request

Teachers post requests with helpful details so volunteers can prepare.

Review

Teachers have the option of waiting for volunteers to sign up AND can also message volunteers directly if they see a potential fit.

Volunteer

Both volunteers and teachers must regularly check their email for pings and messages.

FAQs

What do speakers speak about?

In a nutshell: Who you are, what you do, and what experiences shaped you to be the person you are today. Stories inspire! The greater the variety of stories we can share with young people, the better! For those feeling stuck, our staff can coach volunteers on what to present and how to make it engaging.

Imagine what you might need to know speaking to students in this age range for the first time–how can you set your volunteers up for success? We have provided some prompts to help with this.

Background checks help ensure we are fulfilling California Education Code’s strictest guidelines when it comes to volunteers on public school campuses. Volunteer requirements currently differ district to district, which can be cumbersome for volunteers to navigate. By completing a Live Scan with us once, you will never need to do it again when volunteering through Partners.

Nothing! Partners is currently able to offer this resource free to schools and volunteers, thanks to generous funders. However, our platform is costly to run and we welcome donations.

Educators and volunteers are responsible for canceling or rescheduling directly with one another. The event must also be updated within the portal for it to be correctly recorded in our system (we track volunteer activity for district or schools reports).

Both teachers and volunteers will receive links to a feedback survey following a volunteer visit. Your feedback is important in helping us continually improve our procedures.

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