The Pinellas County School System welcomes others to take an active part in the educational process of students; one key way is to volunteer or to become a partner.
Below is a listing of available opportunities at most schools and administrative centers. For more information on any of these opportunities, please call the Strategic Partnerships Office at 727-588-6405.
The role of a mentor is to model enthusiasm for learning, strength during trying situations, empathy for others, encouragement to stay motivated when things are tough, and to show students that when they fail, it is a learning experience. New mentors are required to attend a Pinellas County Mentor Training Workshop.
The role of a tutor is to work individually or collectively with students to provide academic support and increase academic performance. Tutors are needed from prekindergarten through high school and with Career Technical and Adult Education programs. In order to tutor, you must be a registered volunteer.
School Advisory Council (SAC) Member
SAC is a governing body of parents, teachers, administrators, students and community members elected to help make key decisions. It also functions as a resource to the principal and staff members to accomplish school improvement goals.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Parent Student Teacher Association (PSTA) is the original parent group in schools, influencing millions of parents, past and present, to get involved in their children's education. Dedicated to promoting the welfare of children and youth at school, at home and in the community, PTA provides an avenue for parents, teachers, administrators and community members to discuss education concerns and work together to promote high student achievement and help every child succeed. PTA enhances the school community by offering a wide range of programs and resources.
The purpose of partnerships is to develop a reciprocal relationship which include giving and receiving, mutual objectives, specific outcomes and short and long-term goals, designed to improve the overarching commitment of student success. Partnerships include, but are not limited to, classroom partnerships, school partnerships,
corporate and business partnerships and community partnerships.
Progress Energy Great American Teach-In
Members of the community are invited into the schools for an hour, a few class periods or an entire day on Nov. 18, 2009. Participants may tell students about a career, hobby or personal experience; organize an activity, read a story or teach a class.
Speakers use their professional skills and life experiences to bring enrichment to the curriculum and the classroom.
Adult Literacy Tutor
Adult literacy tutors work with adults who are learning basic skills. The tutorial program is designed to help adults who are enrolled in the General Education Development (GED) classes at our adult community centers.
Volunteers work closely with classroom teachers and staff members, assisting in various projects, keeping records, preparing instructional materials and interacting with students. Duties in elementary schools may include telling stories, reading with children and preparing bulletin boards. Duties in secondary schools and adult education centers may include working on special projects, operating technology, performing clerical duties, and
assisting with instructional duties. Contact the school of your interest or the district.
Gus A. Starvos Institute
Volunteers are always needed for the Enterprise Village and Finance Park experience. Volunteers help students as they learn about the free enterprise system and finances (eighth graders only).
Media and Office/Clerical Assistant
Clerical assistants help school staff members with administrative duties, typing, computer entry, copying, bookkeeping and record keeping. Volunteers are always needed in the school library/media centers to help at the circulation desk, catalogue, mend and shelve books, and operate technology.