Volunteer Opportunities

Important Information:

This year, PREP-KC is offering both in-person and virtual opportunities to volunteer. We are working with our schools to monitor the safest ways to bring these opportunities to students. In-person events will require wearing a mask, be socially distanced, and follow CDC guidelines. If needed, we can switch to be virtual and you will be notified in advance.

In-Person Volunteering:  

  • See the initial list of events below for dates, location, and details.

Virtual Volunteer Orientation

  • We strongly encourage volunteers to attend an upcoming virtual volunteer orientation via Zoom. Discussions about our mission, the importance of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and your role as the volunteer will take place. See dates below. 

Virtual Volunteering: 

  • PREP-KC's Connector platform. Virtually connecting teachers with industry professionals in every classroom. Share your career story without leaving the office! Please see the next section, "The Connector", below to learn how to get involved, info, and list of sessions.

All opportunities will be listed on this site and updated weekly.  So we hope you'll check back often to see new opportunities to volunteer with students.  Reach out to Candace Villanueva at cvillanueva@prepkc.org if you have any questions or need help signing-up.

 
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College Partners

Please visit our College Volunteer Page to see opportunities to help students learn about the purpose of college and your programs. You are welcomed to participate in our events below too! 

 

October 19, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Computer Science Project Workshop

Tech Student Projects- PREP-KC is seeking volunteers & business partners willing to support students in a Pathways to Technology program who are interested in working on a Client Connected Project. Business partners will be asked to identify a project students can work on, with the support of their instructor. PREP-KC is hosting a virtual workshop on Oct. 19 from 1:30-3:00 for potentially interested business partners to learn more and support individuals in coming up with a possible project for students. Reach out to Beth McCarthy at bmccarthy@prepkc.org for more information.

October 22, 2021 10:00am

PREP-KC Virtual Volunteer Orientation

Each month, PREP-KC will host a virtual volunteer orientation via Zoom to help new, current, and prospective volunteers learn about our mission, the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and your role as the volunteer. Even if you have volunteered before, we highly recommend attending this training to refine your skills as a PREP-KC Volunteer. This will be interactive, informative, and we hope illuminating! If you have any questions, please contact Candace at cvillanueva@prepkc.org. We look forward to seeing you! 

October 27, November 3 or 10

How do I Invest in the Stock Market? - Connector Session

You will be talking to students from East High School about how to invest in the stock market and maximize their investments.

November 1 at 9:00am

Career Exploration: Technology Careers - Connector Session

You will be talking to students from M E Pearson Elementary about careers related to technology.

November 1

Engineer Career - Connector Session

You will be talking to fourth grade students from M E Pearson Elementary about design, production and repair.

November 1

Sharks: first grade science - Connector Session

You will be talking to first grade students from Claude A Huyck Elementary about how sea turtles can survive where there are sharks.

November 1, 2 or 3

What Does the Life of a Police Officer Look Like? - Connector Session

You will be talking to 1st grade students from Quindaro Elementary about what a police officer does to be a good citizen, and how you help others.

November 3 or 10 at 12:10pm

Balloons over Broadway - Connector Session

You will be talking to fifth grade students from Mark Twain Elementary about how to design balloon sculptures.

November 3, 10 or 17

What Does a Farm Need in Order to be Successful? - Connector Session

You will be talking to kindergartners from Quindaro Elementary about life on a farm and what a farm needs to be prosperous.

November 5 at 10:30am

Rosedale Middle School 6th Grade Virtual Career Day

Thank you for your support. You will be talking with all 6th graders at Rosedale Middle School. PREP-KC will be facilitating zoom breakout rooms and teachers will be in the sessions with you and their 6th grade students. You will have 10 minutes with each group and we will rotate you to another breakout room.

November 8 or December 6

Animals: Inheritance or Traits - Connector Session

You will be talking to third grade students from Stony Point North Elementary about how organisms get their traits.

November 12, 2021 3:00pm

PREP-KC Virtual Volunteer Orientation

Each month, PREP-KC will host a virtual volunteer orientation via Zoom to help new, current, and prospective volunteers learn about our mission, the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and your role as the volunteer. Even if you have volunteered before, we highly recommend attending this training to refine your skills as a PREP-KC Volunteer. This will be interactive, informative, and we hope illuminating! If you have any questions, please contact Candace at cvillanueva@prepkc.org. We look forward to seeing you! 

November 19 at 9:00am

Truman Elementary Virtual Career Day: K - 2nd Grade

PREP-KC will be facilitating zoom breakout rooms and teachers will be in the sessions with you and their K - 2nd grade students. You will have 10 minutes with each group and we will rotate you to another breakout room.

November 19

What do Animals Need to Live? - Connector Session

You will be talking to kindergartners from Grant Elementary about what animals need to live and how they survive in their habitats.

November 19

Grant Elementary Career Day: Police Officer

You will be talking to students from Grant Elementary about the daily responsibilities working in law enforcement.

November 19

Grant Elementary Career Day: Engineering - Connector Session

You will be talking to students from Grant Elementary about how you plan, create and correct projects that have been created.

November 19

Grant Elementary Career Day: Computer Science - Connector Session

You will be talking to students from Grant Elementary about how energy is converted into electricity.

November 19

Grant Elementary Career Day: Medical Professional - Connector Session

You will be talking to students from Grant Elementary about your career in the health field.

November 23 at 2:00pm

Truman Elementary Virtual Career Day: 3rd - 5th Grades

PREP-KC will be facilitating zoom breakout rooms and teachers will be in the sessions with you and their 3rd - 5th grade students. You will have 15 minutes with each group and we will rotate you to another breakout room.

November 29 or 30

Why Immigrants Moved to Kansas City?

You will be talking to students from M E Pearson Elementary about immigration and what causes people to immigrate.

December 6

Veterinarians/Zoologists

You will be talking to students from Noble Prentis Elementary about being a veterinarian or a zoologist (anything to do  with animals).

December 6 or 7

Croatian Immigration in Kansas City

You will be talking to second graders from M E Pearson Elementary about immigration to Kansas.

December 16, 2021  8:00am

Rosedale Middle School 7th Grade Virtual Career Day

Thank you for your support. You will be talking with all 7th graders at Rosedale Middle School. PREP-KC will be facilitating zoom breakout rooms and teachers will be in the sessions with you and their 7th grade students. You will have 10 minutes with each group and we will rotate you to another breakout room.

January 11, 2022 at 10:00am

Compass Elementary Virtual Career Day: 3rd - 5th Grades

PREP-KC will be facilitating zoom breakout rooms and teachers will be in the sessions with you and their 3rd - 5th grade students. You will have 15 minutes with each group and we will rotate you to another breakout room.

The Connector

The Connector is a virtual platform that uses Zoom to connect professionals like you to teachers and students in their classrooms. These are teacher-requested sessions and require volunteers to create a free account on the platform. 

To volunteer for any Connector sessions, volunteers will need to do the following:

  1. Create a free account on The Connector by visiting https://prepkc.nepris.com/home/v4

  2. Click "Sign-up" and complete the requested info (including bio, skills, add a profile picture).

  3.  Go to your Dashboard to view "upcoming opportunities" and select one or more that you would like to participate in!

  4. You will receive a Zoom link and calendar invite within one business day. You will also receive a request from Checkr for a background check (which is required for all volunteers, but there is no cost to the volunteer and takes less than 5 minutes).

Once you have completed these steps, you can click here for more resources and information about The Connector.  You can also contact our Connector Specialist, Brittany, at bverrette@prepkc.org.