Horizons at GFA offers students the opportunity to help students in Horizons GFA’s PreK to 8 classrooms during our six-week summer program. This is a volunteer position for which they will receive community service hours.
Summer 2019 dates are Monday, June 24 through Friday, August 2.
Program hours are 8:00am–3:30pm.
Minimum age: students must be in 9th grade during the 2018-19 school year.
Volunteers play a valuable role at Horizons by assisting classroom teachers with a variety of activities that vary from day to day, but will include:
- Academic: Classroom Volunteers help students individually or in small groups; prepare materials for classroom activities, monitor specific activities as assigned by classroom teacher
- Enrichment: Classroom and Enrichment Volunteers monitor students in all enrichment activities (sports, music, science, art, swimming, etc.) and on field trips, actively engaging with students in the activity where appropriate. Volunteers are required to help in the pool during swim lessons.
- General: set a positive example for all students at all times; assist in cafeteria as needed during breakfast and lunch; monitor and engage with students during recess, at sports, during transitions, on bus, during swimming and on field trips
The characteristics of a successful Horizons GFA volunteer include maturity, restraint, good judgment, and a cheerful, warm personality. In addition, applicants should like and relate well to children as well as possess the desire and skills necessary to work with them: patience, kindness, tolerance, adaptability and the ability to creatively problem-solve.
We will have two types of volunteers this summer, Classroom Volunteers and Enrichment Volunteers:
Classroom Volunteers are the heart of our program and help in our classrooms Mondays thru Fridays from 8:15am-3:30pm. Classroom volunteers will have a very full experience with our students, including all field trips.
Enrichment Volunteers are for those who have morning summer school or sports commitment but still want to participate in the Horizons GFA experience. The hours for Enrichment Volunteers will be 11:45am-3:30pm, Mondays thru Thursdays. They will have a different set of responsibilities than Classroom Volunteers and will be helping students, but not during academics or SEL.
In both cases, volunteers can choose the period of time they will be at Horizons: six weeks (June 24-August 2), the first three weeks (June 24-July 12) or the second three weeks (July 15-August 2).
The major distinction between the two types of volunteers besides the schedule is that Classroom Volunteers gain the classroom experience required of applicants for paid Classroom Intern positions, but Enrichment Volunteers do not. Both types of volunteers will receive community service hours.