We are excited that you are exploring the possibility of becoming a volunteer for the Iredell County Crosby Scholars Program!
At this time, we have a need for Volunteer Grade Advisors, Senior Advisors and Essay Readers.
Volunteers should be individuals who are knowledgeable with the materials being presented, as well as possess a strong desire to work with youth in grades 6 - 12.
How to become a volunteer:
1. Complete a volunteer participation form.
Submit the completed form back to us via:
- Fax: (704) 775-4891
- Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail or in-person: 124 Fourth Crescent Place, Statesville, NC 28625
2. Participate in volunteer training.
3. Follow any school policies regarding background checks.
Realizing that college preparation must begin early, Program staff assigns all high school scholars in grades 9 through 11 to a volunteer Crosby Scholars Grade Advisor. Underclassmen scholars meet in groups monthly beginning in the second semester, which are led by Grade Advisors. Each Grade Advisor hosts four or five meetings.
Grade Advisors share positive personal, social, and educational experiences with their Scholars. They help Crosby Scholars achieve their post-secondary goals by leading discussions on grade appropriate topics focused on preparing for the college admissions process. The topics of discussion build a foundation of knowledge that prepares the scholar for his or her senior year.
Grade Advisor meetings are held either during or after school on the high schools’ campuses. A handout is distributed at the first four meetings.
Senior advisors play a pivotal role in Crosby Scholars. These are the people who work individually with one or more rising seniors as they begin the college application process. Each advisor continues to meet with scholars as they become seniors and finalize all of their college admission plans. Meetings are set according to the schedule of the student and advisor, so times are flexible.
Senior advisors are required to keep detailed notes from student conferences and upload them so they are visible to staff for review and follow-up. Advisors will complete an application and may request to advise several students per year.
Mandatory training is provided for Senior Advisors, and parents may serve as the advisor for their Scholar if they complete the provided training. Community members with experience in the college admissions process make excellent senior advisors!
Volunteer Essay Readers:
Each fall, high school seniors complete their college admissions applications. Many of these students will need to submit written essays, which is an important part of the admissions application. This volunteer opportunity offers flexible hours to assist these students. Essay readers remain anonymous as the task is by email only. The feedback received from essay readers could mean the difference between a college acceptance or denial!
We are looking NOW for community members interested in becoming essay readers and senior advisors to one or more 2018 graduates. Contact us TODAY!
Other Opportunties for Volunteering:
Opportunities for involvement also exist at Crosby Academies. Volunteers are needed to help with check-in, set up, traffic patterns, and other tasks. Academies are often held on Saturdays, but might also be scheduled on dates when school is not in session.
We will be participating in community events throughout the year; therefore, there may be opportunities for you to get involved with such things as helping to staff information tables and hand out Crosby Scholars informational materials.
We would also appreciate your "free advertising" through word-of-mouth about the Crosby Scholars Program. Please feel free to inform your neighbors, church members, civic group members, friends, family, etc. about what Crosby Scholars is in order to get the word out to as many students as possible.
If you are interested in becoming a Crosby Scholars volunteer, please contact us at email@example.com or by filling out the "Contact Us" form and indicating your interest in the notes section. Or call our office if you'd like to speak with a staff member about current opportunities.