Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Project Success! We love and appreciate our volunteers for the time, energy, and talents they contribute toward helping students connect to their purpose. 

Available Project Success volunteer opportunities vary based on program schedules, capacity and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. All volunteers working directly with students must consent to a background check and COVID-19 related requirements.  

See below for information about the current volunteer roles available. Please complete our Project Success Volunteer Interest Form to introduce yourself and share your volunteer interests. A staff member will then be in touch to confirm we received your information. If you would like to make an immediate impact for the organization in the interim, please consider making a donation via our Make A Gift page. 

 

Hear from Terri, a Project Success volunteer

Learn more about the rewarding opportunities available to you when you volunteer with Project Success.

PROJECT SUCCESS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  

BWCA Leader Summer 2022 – Outdoor Adventures
Join Project Success’ volunteer team in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA)! We are looking for energetic leaders who enjoy working with youth and are inspired by the powerful effect that nature has on young people. Our BWCA Leaders will partner with a professional wilderness guide to support 7 middle school campers through a week-long canoe trip in the most beautiful setting in Minnesota! Learn more about this specific volunteer role and how to apply here.

Driver – Theater Experiences
Project Success partners with nearly 50 professional Twin Cities theater that generously support our programming through the donation of tickets to their theater experiences. Project Success offers the theater experiences at no cost to students and their families on evenings and weekends and provides transportation for those who need it with the help of volunteer drivers. Volunteer drivers are critically needed to help Project Success increase access to the diverse and abundant theater opportunities within the Twin Cities for our students and families. For theater, drivers use their own vehicles to pick up students and families at their home, bring them to the theater, enjoy the show, and then drive them back home after the performance. Drivers choose which theater event or events they can support each month and receive two complementary tickets for each selected event. 

Driver – Institute 
The Project Success Institute is a place where Minneapolis high school students learn career and life skills. Monday-Thursday evening, students can take free classes in subjects including bike tech, financial literacy, cooking, and coding. As with all Project Success programming, we strive to meet any transportation needs so all interested students are able to participate. Institute Volunteer drivers pick up students at school 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and bring students home between 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Volunteer drivers are an important part of the Institute, as they are the students’ first contact with Project Success and provide a safe space in the for students and welcome them to the program. Drivers can use their own vehicle or drive a PS provided van. Drivers may also stay for Institute sessions as a Volunteer Coach (see below) during the program 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Drivers pick a weeknight, or multiple weeknights, that work for them. 

Coding Coach – Institute
The Project Success Institute is a place where Minneapolis high school students learn career and life skills. Monday-Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., students can take free classes in subjects including bike tech, financial literacy, cooking, and coding. At this time, we are specifically looking for volunteer Coding coaches on Thursday evenings. Coaches provide students with a welcoming and enthusiastic introduction to coding. Coding experience in our Coaches is valuable, but not required. More important is the will to build empowering relationships with our students. Coaches help facilitate conversations, ask questions of students to drive learning and interest, and have the opportunity to share their real life experience with students and work with students from all coding levels. We encourage coaches to drive students to and from the program, as they able, to continue the relationship building with students (see Driver-Institute for details). 

We also have a paid contract opportunity to be a Coding Teacher in the Institute. Click here for details.

Engagement & Outreach Committee (E&O Committee)
The Project Success Engagement and Outreach (E&O) Committee is a dynamic and passionate group of community members that meets bimonthly with Development and Communications staff to increase community awareness and support. Activities include planning and executing fund- and friend-raising events such as Dine Out nights or fitness fundraisers, social media outreach to support the organization, and providing volunteer support for larger fundraising efforts such as mailings, large fundraising events, peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns. E&O Committee members benefit from networking with each other, working with local businesses and organizations to support Project Success, and contributing to the important mission of connecting students to their purpose.  

Office, Events, and/or Administrative Support
Throughout the year, there may be volunteer support needed for administrative work at the Project Success office or out in the community at fundraising events. This work could include addressing, stuffing and sealing envelopes for mailings, packaging up supplies or items for students and families, or a variety of other tasks. Volunteers in this category will be reached out to throughout the year on an as-needed basis by members of the PS staff team. 

Program Volunteers – As needed
Our other programs that occur outside the classroom, including college and career tours, outdoor adventures, middle school musicals, and global experiences, may have specific volunteer needs depending on a variety of factors and program schedules.  If you are interested in supporting a certain program with your expertise and time, please fill out the PS Volunteer Interest Form and a Program Manager will contact you if or when there are needs for those programs. 

PS Volunteer Interest Form

A Rewarding Experience:

“Being a volunteer for Project Success is one of the most satisfying volunteer opportunities for me. I like connecting with students during the drive to events and sitting with them. Sometimes it is just one or two students, sometimes it is a whole family. It has been interesting to meet students/families of various nationalities and cultures. We are all part of the Northside Minneapolis neighborhood, so it is good to meet the kids who will be tomorrow’s adults in my area. I try to bring a positive experience into their lives, sitting with me as an adult, having conversation, and sometimes seeing them dressing up for a special play or event. I have to say I have been quite by surprised by each and every student I have met. Every time I see them enjoy something ‘new’, and they open up, we have some wonderful conversations. They are as surprised by me as I am by them. Project Success is something special in ALL of our lives.” – Lynne Young, Volunteer Driver

Questions?

If you have any questions, please call Caitlin DeVos at 612.874.0372 or email CaitlinD@projectsuccess.org.