The mission of DPS Volunteer Services is to provide resources to the DPS Community that support the engagement of volunteers in ensuring that Every Child Succeeds.
DPS offers employees and community members numerous volunteer opportunities to connect with our students and schools. Volunteer opportunities include:
The Chess Clubs are always in need of vetted volunteers. This includes primary mentor-teacher-tutors or assistants who can help with logistics such as equipment or snacks. Remember any amount of time contributed is welcome, whether that is weekly, every other week, monthly, or ad hoc. For vetting, volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application and Background Check Form (English ) ((Espanol)) and training. For training, please contact the Office of Volunteers at Volunteer_Services@dpsk12.org or 720-423-1817. Chess activities day and times vary by school but primarily meet right after, just before or during school hours.
For more information on chess at DPS campuses, please contact the following schools:
|CEC Early College||720.423.6600||Sean & Darryl|
|Centennial||720.424.8900||Anne & Benedict|
|Colfax Elementary||720.424.8740||Polo & John|
|Downtown Denver Expeditionary School||720.424.2350||Adam ( & Lisa )|
|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College||720.424.0420||Michael|
|DSST: Cole||720.423.9120||Johnny or Phil|
|DSST: College View||303.524.6374||Jorge & Paul|
|Edison||720.424.7780||Floyd, et al|
|Florida Pitt Waller||720.424.2840||Fred|
|Lowry||720.424.5910||KwC/Erin & Leyla|
|Skinner||720.424.1420||Craig & Rebecca|
|Southmoor||303.756.0392||Brian & Patricia|
|Vista Academy/STRIVE: GVR||720.423.7650||Gary & Richard C.|
Individuals are always needed to assist teachers in helping the classroom run smoothly. Volunteers may lead small group activities, assist in coordinating large-group efforts, and help students individually as needed.
Challenging problems are presented to teams of students with a timeline for completion. Team coaches are needed in the spring of each year, along with judges for the competitions. Destination Imagination is a greatly energizing experience for all involved.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering.
Schools can utilize the skills of good writers to assist in the pursuit of funds for greatly needed programs that enhance education.
Mentors for specific students with similar interests and abilities can propel students and volunteers to new heights of achievement. Tutorial assistance or the offer of friendship can prepare students for success in ongoing and lasting ways.
Parents are needed to keep an eye on activities that occur during school hours in hallways, on playgrounds and in activity areas to assure a smooth and effective day for all.
Reading Partners empowers you to make a real difference by tutoring students who are reading 1 month to 2.5 years below grade-level. No prior experience is required. Teach fundamental reading skills using our easy-to-follow curriculum, and inspire a love of reading in a student. Tutoring takes place Monday-Thursday, 8AM-4PM at our 14 school locations in DPS and requires only 1 hour a week. Sign up or ask questions at www.readingpartners.org or call 720-409-9909.
Students are inspired by adult expertise and imagination in the design and completion of science projects for annual school fairs. Problem solving is always more productive with the help of a friend.
Many classrooms can utilize additional help from volunteers who have Spanish-speaking ability or other language skills. These individuals can assist students with both Spanish and English language learning in the classroom.
Speakers on various issues are often sought for presentations to students, parents, and staff. Topics include personal interest issues, developmental concerns, career opportunities, motivation, self-esteem, etc.
The Denver Spellbinders program works to build community through storytelling in the schools. Spellbinders provide 20-30 minute storytelling sessions in the classroom, sharing fairy tales, folk tales, literary tales, legends, personal experiences, and other stories of interest. Participation in monthly Spellbinders meetings helps volunteers to hone their storytelling skills and maintain connections with other group members.
New school supplies are always needed for our students and classrooms throughout the year. See the resources and list of items below. For more information, contact Volunteer Services.
Denver Public Schools recognizes the importance of creating opportunities for non-school-based staff to connect to our students and all the great things that happen in our schools every day. This connection is important as we continue to strengthen the district and inspire each employee to live the DPS Shared Core Values of Students First, Collaboration and Fun.
DPS C.A.R.E.S. helps us generate excitement for making a difference in the life of a student, increase employee engagement and connect our non-school-based staff directly to our students. Employees choose the volunteer opportunity that best fits their interests. Employees may choose to participate individually or as a team.
We have identified partner organizations and in-school opportunities. Volunteer opportunities are listed in the DPS CARES Volunteer Opportunities Directory. In addition, volunteers may enroll to only volunteer for special events aka Do In A Day volunteer.