Volunteering at UMS
At Urbana Middle School we believe that “educating everyone takes everyone”. UMS is greatly enriched by the participation of many volunteer tutors, mentors, community and family volunteers. Each year more than 250 community members contribute an hour or more each week to tutor or mentor a student, to be a classroom aide or lead an enrichment class. There is a place for you at UMS. Contact Thomas Howley (217) 337-0853 at Urbana Middle School.
Mentors provide emotional and relational support to students who need an adult friend and role model. Mentors commit to one hour per week for a minimum of one year, with the expectation that they will continue for multiple years with the same student.
The tutoring program is a program designed to match collegians one-to-one with middle school students in need of personal and academic support. Tutors meet with their students once or twice a week during the school day on school grounds. They help students get caught up with school work, reinforce concepts they’re learning, and listen and talk with students about their concerns. Although we target college students, you do not have to be a student to volunteer as a tutor.
Who can be a tutor?
You can be a tutor if you have:
- A genuine interest in youth
- Basic math/science/language arts knowledge
- Time – preferably one hour twice a week between 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (minimum 10 hours/semester)
- Commitment – you must be able to continue to the end of the semester and come at your scheduled time
- Transportation to the school
How do I become a tutor?
- Fill out an UMS Volunteer Tutor Application and a criminal background check form. Return completed applications to the school in which you wish to volunteer or if you do not have a school preference, send to Urbana Middle School.
- Attend an hour and a half training session at Urbana Middle School.
- Agree to come to your tutoring session consistently and to stay with the tutoring relationship for one semester.
Parent/Family Volunteers: Parent-Led Enrichment
We are looking for adults to share their knowledge and provide enriching learning experiences for small groups of UMS students. Parent-led enrichment sessions will be held during the school day, one class period per week in six week sessions.
What kinds of enrichment classes have been offered in the past?
- The Death Penalty: for or against?
- Vietnam War and the Protest Movement
- Responding to Community Needs
- Book group for girls
- Computer Programming
- Youth Media Project
- Crime Stories: Can our legal system be fair?
- Veterinary Medicine
- Going deeper into early Egyptian topics
- Speech Club
- Fiction Writers Workshop
How do I become a facilitator for a Parent Led Enrichment Class?
- Contact Thomas Howley (email@example.com) at Urbana Middle School.
- Fill out a UMS Volunteer Parent Application and a UMS Volunteer Enrichment Application. Return completed applications to Thomas Howley.
- Meet with Tracy Welch, UMS Staff member, to review your proposed enrichment session or to explore enrichment class possibilities.