Volunteering: Helping Others Helps You!

Volunteering can help you learn more about yourself and even put you on a path to your future career.

Take a look at what College Board says about how volunteering helps students.

Learn Ten Reasons Students Should Volunteer

  1. Build your resume. If you have never had a job, then volunteering is a must. It is the
    perfect way to add work-related experience to your resume. Even if you have had multiple
    jobs, volunteering can benefit you because it shows the employer you are serious about
    getting involved and improving your skills.
  2. Develop transferable skills. Employers are looking for skills that are easily transferred to different areas. Some of these skills are: teamwork, interpersonal communication, public speaking, time management, leadership, organization, analysis, computer skills, problem solving and creative thinking. Plus, learning to be dependable and responsible will prepare you to be a good
    employee.
  3. Explore career opportunities. It’s hard to know what you want to do with your life by reading a job profile. There are many assessments and tools to help in this process but volunteering can be just as effective. You will see first-hand what professionals in various fields do. This can show you the pros and cons of certain jobs. You may have an eye-opening experience that gives your life different direction.
  4. Networking. We have all heard the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” While this statement isn’t 100 percent accurate because what you learn in college is valuable, there is some truth to it. Having contacts in the business world may lead to jobs. Interacting with different people in a volunteer setting could really open doors for you as an applicant.
  5. Learn things you can’t learn in the classroom. Be exposed to different parts of the community, different cultures, beliefs and values. College is a time to figure out who you are and what you want to do the rest of your life. Learning about new things can shape that path. Plus, you will be able to you are learning in the classroom apply to the real world.
  6. Get a reference. Getting that first job out of college can be difficult, especially without work experience. Employers always check references and while having one or two college professors listed will be helpful, having someone else who can speak to your work ethic and abilities can be priceless. Make sure you treat any volunteer opportunity like a job by being on time, asking for time off, and providing two weeks’ notice when you decide to leave.
  7. Make new friends. Who wouldn’t want another opportunity to make more friends? You may see the same people every day at school, in the residence halls, and in the dining halls, but volunteering will expose you to a different crowd, most likely with similar interests.
  8. Prepare for graduate school. If you have thought about attending graduate school, volunteering may be just the thing to set you apart. Graduate admissions officers are looking for well-rounded students. They want to see that you did more in college than live in the library. Plus it shows that you care about contributing to society and being a responsible citizen.
  9. Do some good. Volunteering will allow you to get involved with a worthy cause and potentially change lives and make a difference. You will learn to have empathy and to see the world from a different perspective.
  10. Volunteering isn’t a full-time commitment. Volunteer hours can be minimal. Three hours tutoring children on Saturday mornings or one night a week serving at the homeless shelter will still help you accomplish your volunteer goals. Most volunteer commitments allow you time to still be heavily involved on campus or work part-time while maintaining your grades. BONUS: You will enjoy it! It feels good to help other people and you know you are making a difference. Volunteering can be a fun way to get involved in great programs that help your fellow community members.

For career development, contact:

SDSU Office of Career Development
Center for Student Engagement, The Union
605.688.4425
http://www.sdstate.edu/careercenter

For part-time and work-study, contact:

SD Department of Labor and Regulation
Larson Commons 103D
605.688.6668
http://www.sdjobs.org

STEM+ Point Documentation

(required for freshman Academy students)

STEM Academy students who are in the 9th grade are expected to earn STEM+ Points. STEM+ Points are earned by participating in activities above and beyond the classroom time and are designed to extend and enrich your STEM knowledge and experience.

STEM+ Points are earned a number of different ways, and different activities are worth a different number of points. A Code Word will be provided for each STEM+ Point opportunity. You will need this code word to log your points.

  • Lunch and Learn
  • Mentor Meetings
  • Spark Surveys
  • Field Trips
  • Participating in a STEM-related activity, club or team
  • STEM-related competitions
  • Serving as a STEM Ambassador

STEM+ Points are documented on a quick and easy STEM+ Point Google Form.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

STEM Ambassadors Needed at Opportunity AISD

We are looking for STEM Academy students to serve as STEM Ambassadors at Opportunity AISD on Thursday, October 13 from 5-8 p.m. at Bowie High School. This event is the district-wide course fair that will feature information tables about the STEM Academy as well as other programs such as the Fine Arts/Dual Language Academy, CTE, Arlington Collegiate High School and Advanced Academics. Transportation will be offered by AISD from each high school campus.

STEM Academy Students Volunteer Sign-Up

Freshman: This counts for STEM+ Points – 1 point per hour

FYI – Key Club allows students to earn five personal hours per year so you can count these hours for Key Club.