Volunteer Opportunities

Become one of 400 volunteers, tutors and mentors.
Hear about volunteering for "I Have a Dream" of Boulder County in this segment on local radio station KUNC.

 

 

 

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Fall applications for program volunteers are open only to Carbon Valley volunteers. All other interested applicants will be considered for January 2017. **Please note mentor applications are accepted year round.

Mentor

Adult volunteer mentors are needed to provide Dreamers with long-term, reliable, and supportive relationships, to offer one-on-one guidance and support, and to serve as positive role models. The program is designed to encourage disadvantaged youth to graduate from high school and become self-sufficient. Mentors meet with their Dreamer twice/month to grow and continue the relationship.

Requirements: Mentors see their Dreamer at least twice per month for a minimum one-year commitment, communicate with the Dreamer's parents/guardians, attend an introductory training (3 hrs) before volunteering for the first time.
Qualifications: At least 18 years of age, experience working with children or teenagers preferred.

Conducting background checks for mentors costs us $50. We ask that mentors contribute $20 towards the background checks to help support the program. If you are unable to pay for your background check, assistance will be provided.

To learn more about our mentoring program, contact our Director of Volunteers, Ashley Keltner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 303-444-3636 x 19. You can also fill out a volunteer application and get started today!


Tutor

Tutors are needed to work with the Dreamers during both after-school and summer programming. The tutoring experience varies based upon the age of the Dreamers they work with. Tutors working with younger Dreamers will assist in facilitating workshops helping Dreamers develop math and literacy skills as well as provide support for a wide range of enrichment activities. Tutors working with older Dreamers tend to provide one-to-one or small group subject specific homework help to Dreamers. Tutors are needed at all six Dreamer classes across Boulder County. The focus is mainly academic and can include anything from homework help to academic enrichment. Tutors are needed for all areas of study, and provide not only academic resources to the Dreamers, but also serve as positive role models. Most programming and tutoring occurs after-school, between 2:15 - 6:30, though some opportunities are available during school or on the weekends.

Requirements: Minimum of one evening per week for a semester, and attend an introductory training (1 hr) before volunteering for the first time. 
Qualifications: At least 14 years of age, experience working with children or teenagers preferred. Work study tutors must qualify for financial aid at CU Boulder, Naropa, or Front Range.

If you are interested in tutoring, please fill out an application or contact our Director of Volunteers, Ashley Keltner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 303-444-3636 x 19. 


Photographer

Photographers are always needed to help cover the numerous special events that happen throughout the year. Events include graduation ceremonies, new class dedication ceremonies, after-school tutoring, fundraising events, and more. High-quality photos are needed for both website publication, social media marketing, e-Newsletters, and print materials. Interested individuals can contact our Director of Volunteers, Ashley Keltner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 303-444-3636 x 19 to find out more about how they can get involved. 


Graphic Designer

"I Have a Dream" produces multiple marketing and advertisement publications throughout the year. From event postcards and programs to newsletters and our annual report to newspaper advertisements, Graphic Designers can assist with numerous projects. Recognition is provided in publications and in event material, typically. Interested individuals can contact our Director of Volunteers, Ashley Keltner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 303-444-3636 x 19 to find out more about how they can get involved.


Grant Writing Assistant

Diverse funding sources support the day-to-day operations of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County. Volunteers interested in writing, editing, and research can assist the Development staff with securing new grant sources, writing and editing grant document texts, and tracking grants in the organization's database. Interested individuals must make at least a year commitment and be able to attend a monthly meeting. Interested individuals can contact our Director of Volunteers, Ashley Keltner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 303-444-3636 x 19 find out more about how they can get involved.


Board Member

The "I Have a Dream" Board of Directors is a diverse group of community leaders who are active in fundraising and event organization. To increase board diversity, "I Have a Dream" strives to include members from various organizations and corporations, graduate students from the CU Leeds School of Business who serve as Board Fellows, and at least one Dreamer Alumni member. Board members serve a three year term, typically beginning in October, and they are eligible to serve three, three-year terms. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in serving as a board member, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CEO, to find our more information. 


IT Support

The organization relies on IT professionals to help secure its computing network. Interested individuals can contact one our Director of Volunteers, Ashley Keltner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 303-444-3636 x 19 to find out more about how they can get involved.


Web Maintenance

Opportunities abound for individuals to volunteer their time and services in maintenance of our online presence, including with our website. We use Joomla as our Content Management System. Interested individuals can contact our Director of Volunteers, Ashley Keltner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 303-444-3636 x 19 to find out more about how they can get involved.