May 26, 2015

Volunteer

 

Technology for Tomorrow (T4T) is expanding! We are looking to increase the number of active chapters across Vermont, as well as to expand the variety of groups we serve.  Though T4T began with a School-to-Senior service model, T4T serves participants from all walks of life including ESL (English as a Second Language) learners, new Americans/refugees, at-risk youth, blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, adult learners and more!

Community Members

You do not have to be affiliated with a school group to work with T4T. We are looking for all volunteers that have a passion for technology training, bridging generational gaps and creating vibrant, more inclusive communities. If this describes you, T4T wants to hear from you! Download and print our General Volunteer Application. Once you complete the application, you can submit it in one of 3 ways: 

1. E-mail a copy of your completed application to our Program Manager.

2. Mail your completed application to: Technology For Tomorrow, 476 Shunpike Road, Williston, VT 05495

3. Drop off your application in-person at the address above.

Students (High School and University)

Benefits to students:

  • Community service with a direct, local impact - many schools require students to perform 10+ hours of community service each academic year--instead of picking up trash or re-painting a wall, you and your friends can teach the basic computer/technology skills you already know to some of the most isolated and eager members of your community!
  • Scholarship Opportunities - for every school that starts and maintains a T4T chapter, we will donate up to $1000 in scholarships (per chapter) to active members each year!
  • Access to the T4T Alumni Network - not only will you be able to network with current/former  leaders to build friendships, but you'll also have access to peer-to-peer advice about setting up T4T workshops, their experiences  and stay connected even after your time with T4T!
  • Professional Connections - we can help you connect with local professionals who work in every sector imaginable.  Whether searching for an internship, or curious to learn more about a job you might want to pursue in the future, we have a network of individuals ready to help!

To get involved, email our Program Manager, send us a message on our Facebook page, or call at 802.448.0595.

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Teachers & Administrators

At T4T, we sincerely appreciate how busy teachers and administrators are. That's why our programs don't require significant time from teachers or administrators in order to work well.  Our mission is to empower student leaders and we invest a lot of time working directly with student groups to organize our various workshops in community centers and at senior citizen residences and meal-sites.  Each and every school that works with T4T to organize a group of active student volunteers will become eligible to receive up to $1000 in scholarships per chapter!  For more information about the scholarship process, feel free to email our Program Manager, or visit our scholarship page HERE.

Though the student-led chapters don't necessarily require a lot of time investment, we always strive to find a faculty adviser at each school with whom we can share our passion and who can assist our students.  No matter how much "extra" time you may have, there are various ways to support our programs and students:

  • Share our T4T Flier with your students and encourage one (or many!) student leaders to organize a group of peers...don't forget to mention the T4T Scholarship!
  • Organize a group of your students to participate in an upcoming T4T workshop happening in your community...if we aren't already in the process of setting up one up, we'll have one planned within two weeks of contacting us and can work around the availability of you and your students!
  • Learn how T4T provides experiential learning opportunities via flexible pathways and consider working with us as a part of your regular classroom curriculum...through our workshops, students are given practical applications of many core educational principles, across multiple disciplines--see paragraph four of the new Common Core standards!
  • Connect T4T with any local student/youth groups (such as National Honor Society or an athletic team) who regularly perform community service and suggest a T4T workshop as a fun way to bring your community closer together using technology.

While there is certainly a range of involvement for teachers/administrators, empowering students to make an impact on their local communities is always a positive result.  For more questions about how to get started, please contact our Program Manager via email, send us a message on our Facebook page, send us a tweet, or call at 802.448.0595.

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