Volunteering in Albany's public schools
Fiona Thompson, District Volunteer Coordinator
700 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12203
literacy tutor training Oct. 28: sign up now!
There are still spots available in a free Oct. 28 training for
people who want to volunteer as elementary school reading tutors in
the City School District of Albany.
The training will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 28 at Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 75
Watervliet Avenue. Lunch and a beverage will be provided.
Conducting the training will be the
Oasis Literacy Tutoring Program,
which pairs adult tutors with students in kindergarten-grade 4.
Volunteer tutors will meet with students once a week in one-to-one
sessions, and they will be provided with materials and support.
To register or learn more about the Oasis program and other
volunteer opportunities in the district, contact Volunteer
Coordinator Fiona Thompson at 475-6360 or
Once trained, volunteers will be invited to join experienced
tutor teams at elementary schools throughout the district.
We invite you
to help us achieve our mission!
City School District of Albany welcomes volunteers to lend their skills
and experience to a wide range of activities that support teachers and
staff in all of our schools and throughout the district.
Anyone can volunteer in our schools --
parents, grandparents, college students and community members of all ages.
Everyone has something to offer and we invite you to think about ways
that your time and talents can assist the district in its mission
to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship
and life, in partnership with our diverse community. We are committed to finding the right fit for each
volunteer's interests and experience.
To find out more about how you can get
involved as a volunteer, please contact District Volunteer Coordinator
Fiona Thompson at 475-6360. You also can download a
volunteer application form at the link below, or pick one up in the main
office of any of our schools.
Benefits of volunteering
Choose from 15 schools in 17 different buildings, from
prekindergarten through Grade 12
Enjoy flexible hours
Choose your area of interest
Directly affect student
through your efforts
Give back to your
Help stretch tax dollars
Get paid with affection and appreciation
Where we need volunteers most
Other ways to volunteer
Be a literacy volunteer
-- Help elementary-school students by reading to them and listening
to them read to you; help with writing, vocabulary and other skills
a student might need to strengthen.
Be a math
math concepts at whatever level you are comfortable with.
Be a tutor --
tutor is a person who works closely with one or two students to help
them with their academic work. Opportunities are available in all
Be a mentor --
A mentor connects with one student in friendly and supportive
conversation, committing to meet regularly over a period of time
(for one lunch a week, for example).
Share an interest or talent
Be an expert – Speak to a class, a club or other
group about your area of expertise, such as your craft, your job,
your trip, or the subject of your research
Help students learning to speak English
– New students join our schools from all over the world all through
each school year and they need help to learn English and our customs
quickly so they can get on with learning what others their age are
Are you a snow bird?
Help ESL students with their English when you’re in town.
-- Talk about how you overcame major obstacles to become a
responsible member of society.
Be an occasional extra pair of hands
-- We have lots of events where an extra pair of hands or smiling
face make all the difference.
Be a child care helper -- PTAs and other meetings
need help with child care
the school office --
Are you good at office work like typing, filing, organizing
materials, answering phones? We could really use some help in one of
Help with after-school activities
Literacy, math, science and the arts. Different schools’ days end at
different times ranging from 2:30 to 3:35 p.m.
Participate in an Albany High club
– AHS has over 40 clubs from Robotics to Chess, GSA to ESL,
Hiking to Fashion, and Homework too.
Do you speak a language that is taught in our schools
(Spanish, French, Chinese)? You could inspire students to speak
Come as a group
– Ask how your friends and colleagues can volunteer
Are you a gardener or just like to help
with watering? We have many
school gardens during the fall and spring with students and all
you a parent, a high school student or a teacher?
We invite you to contact the
Albany City Council Parent-Teacher
Association or individual school PTAs to find out how you
can get involved.
The City School District of Albany is
located in the capital city of New York state. The district serves
more than 9,000 students in 15 schools, including 11 elementary
schools, two middle schools, one prekindergarten-grade 8 school, one comprehensive high school and a
number of innovative and alternative education programs. The district
offers several outstanding school choice options, including three
theme-based magnet elementary schools, a bilingual Dual-Language Program and open
enrollment options across the district.
For more information about enrollment, class
size, academic programs, magnet schools, food service programs and much
more, refer to the "quick links" navigation bar on the