We are currently accepting applications for 2021 summer volunteers. We will be in-person this summer on the GFA campus,barring any unexpected changes with COVID and with adaptations to protect the health of students, staff and volunteers.
Horizons GFA offers high schoolers the opportunity to help younger students while receiving community service hours in Horizons GFA’s PreK–8 classrooms during our six-week summer program. Students in 9th grade during the 2020-2021 school year and older are eligible to apply to be a summer volunteer.
2021 Summer Dates: Monday, June 21st through Thursday, July 29th
To be eligible to volunteer this summer, applicants must commit to full days (8:15-3:30) during specific weeks (all six weeks, the first three weeks or the second three weeks).
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Only for applicants who have never been a Horizons summer volunteer, virtual or in person.
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.
Students in 9th grade and older interested in volunteering should email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the volunteer list. Once on the list, you will be notified about all volunteer opportunities as they arise.
GFA upper school students can also join the Horizons GFA Club by emailing Lucy Nelson, email@example.com.