Volunteer F.A.Q.

All you need to know about getting involved with PSCS as a volunteer facilitator.

Why Should I Become a PSCS Volunteer?

Sharing something you love with a group of interested students is both energizing and rewarding. Volunteers often gain new clarity and a fresh perspective surrounding their subject of choice. Young people often have a way of “pushing the envelope” that encourages these new insights.

Volunteers have the opportunity to make a real and positive impact on the lives of young people. You may spark a new interest for a student or help them deepen their knowledge in a subject area they’re already pursuing. You will become a role model for students, helping them gain a sense of themselves and their role in the wider community.

Volunteering at PSCS is also a chance to gain experience working with youth. It is a chance to learn or refine your ability to express what you know, in ways that others can understand.

We also invite volunteers to become a part of the PSCS community. We’re a diverse and interesting group of people!

Who Can Be a PSCS Volunteer?

Our primary requirement for volunteers is a desire to share something about which you are passionate. (NOTE: We use Washington State Patrol background checks for all volunteers at PSCS to help ensure the safety of our students.)

What is My Role as a Volunteer?

The essential work of a volunteer is helping young people realize who they are and what they can do. This is best done by gently nurturing the growth of students—supervising their activities while providing appropriate challenges and constructive feedback in an atmosphere of inspiration, trust, courage, and respect. You are free to structure your activity in a way that is comfortable for you. Design and facilitate your own class activities and establish requirements and homework as appropriate.

How Do I Become Involved in the Program?

To help ensure a positive experience for both students and volunteers, all potential volunteers are required to attend an orientation session. This is handled through a visit to the school, where you will meet with students and staff members and observe PSCS in action. Please contact school director Andy Smallman at 206.324.4350 or pscs@pscs.org for more information.