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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: Mentor through the nashvilleAchieves program

Mayor Dean is challenging all Metro employees to sign-up as a mentor with the nashvilleAchieves program, a post-tnAcheives logosecondary access and success program with the mission of increasing higher education opportunities for Tennessee public high school students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance.   The program has experienced substantial success utilizing volunteers in business and community-based organizations to guide its students through the college access and success processes.

As a volunteer mentor, you will be assigned five students to assist in eliminating the barriers associated with  post-secondary success. Specifically, mentors will be asked to: work with students through admission and financial aid paperwork; motivate the students to meet deadlines; and perhaps most importantly, encourage the student to reach his/her potential. Requirements to become a nashvilleAcheives mentor include: ability to invest 10-15 hours annually assisting five high-school seniors with post-secondary success; a background check; and mentors must be 21 years of age. The mentor application deadline has closed. Keep posted on opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year.

Opportunity 2: 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, selectschool volunteers “Metropolitan Government” as Employer. 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 3: Impact Nashville initiative with MNPS Reading Clinics.

Impact Nashville logoThe MNPS Reading Clinics provide intensive, one-on-one tutoring using instructional strategies proven by researchers to promote reading gain. School based reading clinics serve students who are performing two or more reading levels below their peers.If you are interested in volunteering, follow these easy steps:

a. Find the Impact Nashville projects at and click “Initiative” under “School Opportunities”. Then select a Reading Clinic School from the list provided.

b. A Pencil staff member will arrange for a free background check. Then, a Reading Clinic staff member will schedule volunteer training and work with you on the best time for you to volunteer.

c. You will then be scheduled and paired with a student(s) to tutor one or two times a week for 30 minutes.

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) or before or after work. To sign up to volunteer for one of these projects, visit