Community Schools and Youth Programs
Volunteer Opportunities in Local Schools
The Community Schools and Youth Programs initiative is a partnership between Binghamton University, the Broome County Promise Zone and local school districts that provides opportunities for Binghamton University students to volunteer with local youth and have a positive impact on the community.
Volunteer opportunities include: class-based tutoring, middle and high school after-school tutoring, lunch room engagement, anti-bullying programs, parent/family engagement, event-based volunteerism, and more.
All of these programs aim to provide academic assistance and social support to students in need of extra support. They increase student self-esteem and overall motivation for school work. These programs also give Binghamton University students the opportunity to provide one-on-one and small group instruction, assisting youth academically and gaining hands on experience in the classroom.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Find out what specific programs are currently available to students who are interested in volunteering with local youth.
» Learn more about Current Volunteer Opportunities with Local Youth
» Learn more about Past Projects
» Complete the Interest Form to let us know you're interested in volunteering with local youth.
We will add you to our Community Schools and Youth Programs mailing list (separate from the CCE's general listserv), and contact you when volunteering opportunities arise. Filling out the Interest Form is not a commitment on your part to volunteer, it just allows us to learn more about you and your interests so we can let you know about opportunities that might appeal to you. If you would like to be removed from this mailing list at any time, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying you would like to be removed from the Community Schools and Youth Programs mailing list.
If you would like to know more, or if you have ideas or suggestions for additional volunteer programs in local schools, please contact the Youth Engagement Coordinator at email@example.com or 607-777-2536. You can also stop by the Center for Civic Engagement office in UU-137.
Broome County is designated as one of five Promise Zones in New York state. In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out an initiative to designate a number of high-poverty urban, rural and tribal communities as Promise Zones, where the federal government will partner with and invest in communities to improve the quality of life for residents of the community. Following a community schools model, in which it is believed that public schools should function as the hubs of their communities, the goals of the Broome County Promise Zone are:
- Improved attendance
- Improved academic achievement
- Increased family engagement in schools
- Improved access to core health, mental health and human services for children and their families
The volunteer opportunities offered to Binghamton University students through the Community Schools and Youth Programs aim to support these goals in a variety of ways, but generally offer support to local youth and their families through programs run in local schools.
Learn more about the Broome County Promise Zone.