GET INVOLVED

As a nonprofit organization, FLOC’s capacity to help our community’s youth depends on support from people like you. Volunteers, family members, friends, educators, and community partners all play crucial roles in our work. Discover how you can help FLOC teach, empower, and transform.

VOLUNTEER

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Nearly half of DC students perform below grade level in reading and math. YOU can change that! There are many ways that you can make a significant difference in the lives of DC children.

According to our annual survey of volunteers, 100% of volunteers said that based on their experience this year, they would return to FLOC. 100% also agreed they would recommend FLOC to a friend.

Please contact Kamil Arrington, Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator (karrington@floc.org or 202-349-3512) with any questions

APPLY TO VOLUNTEER

“Every volunteer means one more student who can be served, so FLOC welcomes new tutors year-round.

As a tutor in the Neighborhood Tutoring Program, you’ll work one-on-one with a specific student each week. You’ll use research-proven curricula to help your student gain grade-level equivalency in reading or math. NTP takes a foundational approach to tutoring, which means that instead of helping a student on their current homework, we identify their actual skill level and help them to fill their knowledge gap. Because students have to demonstrate concept mastery before they can move on to the next step in the curriculum, you and your student can easily see the progress that s/he is making.

You don’t need any experience to be a tutor. You will be trained in the appropriate reading or math curricula, which will walk you step-by-step through what you need to do with your student each week. However, in order for us to be effective in helping students reach their own potential, we are looking for a few particular qualities from our tutors:

 

  • Able and willing to commit for the full school year or summer
  • Patience
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • A sense of humor!
  • Fluency in the English language (Volunteers who are not native speakers of American English may be asked to tutor only in our math curriculum.)
  • At least 16 years old
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In this role, you will serve either as a tester or as a substitute tutor, filling in for regular tutors who are absent. For more details about what a substitute tutor might do, please read the description of an NTP tutor above. NTP Testers have the opportunity to work with a large number of students and their tutors. In all of our NTP curricula, students are assessed at structured points in order to ensure that they have mastered the appropriate concepts and are ready to progress. To facilitate this, we need volunteers to help with the testing process. This is the perfect opportunity for a person who enjoys helping to guide a student’s education, as you will be the person who communicates with student and tutor teams about student assessments, areas of strength, and areas where the student needs to continue to improve.

Volunteers who select this role will be trained in the curriculum of their selected program and also complete an additional training in administering assessment tests. Tester/Substitute Tutors can commit to either a full-time (once a week) or part-time (approximately once every two weeks) schedule.

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As a middle school or high school coach, you will (under supervision of Scholars staff) help facilitate small groups of 3-5 students in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade. Throughout the year you will run small group activities, share your own postsecondary and career experiences, and facilitate dialogue about topics being covered in workshop. Past topics include: academic success, social and emotional intelligences, career awareness, and civic issues facing DC youth. Finally, you will support the Scholars program in fostering an environment that promotes positive behavior and group cohesion.

Please note that, due to limited space, volunteers interested in being part of Scholars are encouraged to sign up to attend a training, but are not necessarily guaranteed a spot in that particular program.

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As an SAT coach, you’ll tutor a group of 3-4 11th grade Scholars in Math or English/Language Arts (ELA) as they prepare for the SAT. Throughout the semester, Coaches will facilitate fun and engaging lessons that build students’ skills and confidence for the exam. You’ll play an active role in lesson plan delivery and student engagement. Staff will provide SAT Coaches with training, resources, and a guiding curriculum to follow, and will also be on hand during workshop to provide support. The commitment is once a week from October through February, with the option to continue in the program afterward. SAT coaches should have a strong math or ELA content background.

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Interested in volunteering at FLOC’s Outdoor Education Center in West Virginia? Contact Todd McKinney, Director of the Outdoor Education Center (tmckinney@floc.org).

There are several ways to volunteer your time at the Outdoor Education Center. We need people who have a love for the outdoors to assist our staff in trail maintenance, building maintenance, and program activities. The ideal candidate is physically fit, knowledgeable about the environment, and willing to spend several days preparing for and working with youth and adults in a challenging outdoor setting.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM TOURS

You Are Invited …

Interested in learning more about what we do at For Love of Children? Please join us at an upcoming Beyond the Classroom tour!
During this one-hour tour, you will have the opportunity to meet FLOC staff, hear stories from our students, volunteers, and parents, and see firsthand how FLOC’s programs prepare students for high school graduation and success in college and beyond.

You can sign up for an available tour on our Eventbrite page!


“When the time is right for you! Our programs operate Monday through Thursday in the afternoon and early evening. Contact Latoyia Allen (lallen@floc.org – 202-349-3530) and schedule a time to see our programs in action and learn more about FLOC. Bring a friend along and help share FLOC’s message into new communities of support.

For Love of Children
1763 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009

FLOC is located just east of the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW, in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.  Street parking can be limited; we suggest taking Metro.

From the Metro Green Line (10 minute walk): Columbia Heights stop, exit onto 14th Street, walk south, and turn right onto Columbia Road. Cross 15th, 16th, and 17th streets, and FLOC will be on the right just past the Safeway store.

From the Metro Red Line (10 minute walk): Woodley Park stop, exit onto Connecticut Avenue, walk south, turn left on Calvert Street, and cross the Duke Ellington Bridge.  At Adams Mill Road, Calvert Street turns sharply to the right and becomes 18th Street, NW.  Turn left on Columbia Road and FLOC will be on the left just before the Safeway store.

FLOC CHAMPIONS

Who are the FLOC Champions

They are a group of FLOC volunteers who are celebrating and harnessing FLOC volunteer energy to empower our students, and to build a strong, active group of FLOC volunteers who share a common goal of strengthening our community.

FLOC Champions is a group of FLOC volunteers dedicated to building engagement and capacity among FLOC’s volunteers. Our goals are to provide volunteers with an encouraging environment that enables them to meet the needs of students who come through FLOC’s doors, to harness volunteer energy in support of FLOC’s continued efforts to teach, empower, and transform, and to build a strong, active group of FLOC volunteers beyond the classroom. FLOC Champions will work to accomplish these goals through volunteer-focused community building exercises, supporting FLOC staff, and small-scale fundraising projects.

FLOC Madness is an annual volunteer giving program run by the FLOC Champions. It is a volunteer competition and fundraising campaign designed to get a high percentage of volunteers to donate any amount of money. Participation is completely voluntary and is not required to be an excellent tutor! 

The winning team is determined by the percentage of volunteers that donate any amount and that team will receive a custom set of UNO cards at all of their tutoring locations. Small or big, your donation will matter! Read our FLOC Madness FAQs here!