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General Volunteer Opportunities in Metro Schools

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Metro Employees

Metro Nashville Public SchoolsMayor Dean's Metropolitan Government Employee Volunteer in Schools Program is an opportunity for Metro employees to volunteer in our public schools. On February 3, 2010, Mayor Karl Dean signed an Executive Order formalizing a new program that will allow Metro employees to volunteer in Nashville Public Schools during the work week.

The Executive Order specifies that Metro employees can receive up to 2 hours of paid administrative leave every week for their participation in the program - 1 hour to volunteer and additional time up to an hour for travel to and from the school. The program is intended to generate more hands-on community support in schools by making it easier for thousands of Metro employees to volunteer their time.

Below are four opportunities for Metro employees to volunteer in Metro Public Schools

Opportunity 1: Reading Coaches

Motivate students to read and write as a volunteer with the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA), Nashville Public Library’s afterschool initiative for middle-school students. NAZA engages 1,500 students at 50 school- and impact nashvillecommunity-based sites across the county. This year NAZA is focused on motivating students to read and write. As a volunteer you would assist the site coordinator with implementing NAZA’s literacy curriculum. This could include leading games, reading with a student, helping a student write, or assisting with student projects. Your job is to flexibly support the ongoing literacy activities, enthusiastically encourage a passion for reading and writing, meaningfully connect with students, and have fun. Bring in your favorite childhood book; ask students what they are reading; or share personal experiences with reading and writing!

If you are interested in volunteering with NAZA or to get more information, contact Rachel Roseberry, NAZA Literacy Coach, at

Opportunity 2: Mentor through the nashvilleAchieves program

Mayor Dean is challenging all Metro employees to sign-up as a mentor with the tnAchieves program. tnAcheives logotnAchieves, a partnering organization to Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise, serves primarily first generation, low income students in an effort to increase this population’s likelihood of earning a college credential. While the funding provided by Tennessee Promise is critical to increased post-secondary access, tnAchieves data confirms that working with a mentor further enhances a student’s likelihood of entering the post-secondary pipeline.

tnAchieves mentors complete an application, choose their preferred high school, complete a one-hour training session, attend two one-hour meetings, and communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college. Requirements to become a tnAchieves mentor include: ability to invest 10-15 hours annually assisting high-school seniors with post-secondary success; a background check; and mentors must be 21 years of age. Join tnAchieves as we seek to change lives and transform communities by

Opportunity 3: General volunteerism in any Metro Nashville Public School.

Give your time and passion in various projects identified by principals and teachers throughout the school district. Find projects and register at When completing the sign-up form, in the drop-down menu of "Where you are employed", selectschool volunteers "Metro Nashville Government - [your department]". If your department is not listed, please email Chief Service Officer Laurel Creech. You will then receive a free background check, and a volunteer coordinator will contact you to schedule training and volunteer time(s) and location(s). Remember to log your volunteer hours after each volunteer session at When logging the actual time you spend volunteering, also select Metropolitan Government as Employer.

Opportunity 4: Sign up to be a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

School-based volunteers meet 1 hour a week with a child at his or her school.Whether they play games shoot baskets, work on school assignments, eat lunch together or just sit and talk, both the volunteer and the child enjoy and benefit from their time together. Depending on the school selected by the volunteer, they will meet for one hour a week sometime during the mid-day hours (over a lunch hour, for example). To sign up to volunteer for one of these projects, visit