Both volunteering and working with Urban Ed, Inc. can be a very rewarding experience. We are an organization looking for creative people that are committed to making a noticeable change in low-income communities and the individuals that live there. Current volunteer opportunities include:
A key component to our technology training is our life skills component. During these valuable sessions we ask that leaders in the community from an array of disciplines come and provide insights, information, and motivation to our young people. We are eager for positive role models to come in and deliver constructive messages to aid our youth in negotiating the many life challenges they face as teenagers and young adults. These short sessions are generally only 45 minutes to an hour in length and should be interactive and animated. Currently, these sessions will occur during business hours, anytime between 10 am - 2 pm, Monday through Friday.
We are open to ideas on possible topics, however some of the successful topics of the past include:
- The Truth About HIV/AIDS
- Peer Pressure
- Why Get High?
- Rap Session on Family Relations & Abuse
- Anger Management
- Social Justice and Community Organizing
- Dangers of Social Media
- Get Money, Save Money, Invest Money-Financial Planning
- The Stock Market: How to Play It
- Learning Basic Spanish
- Networking to Get a Job
- Resumes That Win Interviews
- Interviewing Skills that Win Jobs
- Business Talk - Communication Skills for the Workplace
- How to Get " A Career"
- The Path to College
- To reserve a speaking date contact Violet Browne, Manager of Administration, at 202-610-2344 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology Training with Youth
Youth within the District of Columbia's Public Schools (DCPS) system continue to face academic shortfalls and as a result, many become frustrated and truant. Urban Ed is a vetted partner with DCPS and seeks volunteers to help us support the schools as they work to improve academic levels and keep children excited about school. Urban Ed has opportunities for volunteers to read and speak to youth during the summer months as well as support our middle school tech clubs through teaching coding, gaming, app development and a number of interesting technology and science topics.
IT Guest Speakers
Penetrating the IT field can seem daunting to those we serve but seeing and hearing from those in the field, particularly people of color, can help our participants see that it is achievable and within reach.
Guest speakers can provide real-world insights on the IT workplace, expectations, challenges for people of color, career options, and trends. If you have some level of tech skills and feel comfortable interacting with young adults between the age of 18-30 we welcome you to Urban Ed! Take a long lunch and join us to share your story and expertise with our aspiring future technicians.
Field Trip Hosts
Urban Ed needs government, small business owners and corporate leaders to host our youth participants at their site. We do this to expose our youth to the "real world of work" and let them explore the excitement of technology up close and personal.
Field trips are an excellent means to interact with our youth, show them the limitless possibilities of technology and science and inspire them to broaden their thinking. Past field trips have included vising IT firms small and large, NASA, National Airport, and private tours within local museums.
Urban Ed can establish a flexible schedule to accommodate volunteering with us. Employees should check with their employers to see if an Employee Volunteer Program exists in which you can get time off from work to volunteer with Urban Ed. Please give us a call at 202-610-2344 or email us at volunteers@UrbanEd.org to explore any of these rewarding experiences.
If you are:
- Skilled in a particular area and want to share
- Looking for outcomes-driven volunteering, and
- Want to make a difference
Complete our Volunteer Application, attach your resume and send to: Urban Ed, Inc.
2041 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., SE
Washington DC 20020