School and Community Organization Options
The choice of a school or community organization with which you wish to partner is up to you. Several factors may impact that choice:
• Proximity to where you live or work
RESET serves schools and community organizations in the DC metro area, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.
• The type of student population you wish to work with
For example, you might prefer to work with students who have special needs, students from low-income neighborhoods or students that exhibit a high level of academic readiness.
• Student age
Some volunteers prefer to work with very young children, while others prefer elementary school or middle school students.
• Ongoing teacher relationships
Many volunteers build strong relationships with specific teachers or community organization leaders over the years, and prefer to continue those relationships.
RESET’s Executive Director and staff will discuss these options with you and match you with a school or organization that best meets your preferences.
As a volunteer you have a number of program options to choose from. Many of our programs are offered during regular school hours in elementary schools. However, there are a variety of other options available to suit your schedule and needs.
• In-School Programs
This program operates during regular school hours (M–F) in elementary schools throughout the DC metro area, including many serving low-income communities.
• After-School (Extended Day) Programs
RESET also provides after-school programs at several schools. Many of these programs serve a large percentage of minority and economically disadvantaged students. These programs typically operate between 2:45 and 6:00 p.m, and vary from school to school.
• Weekend and Evening Programs
RESET has partnerships with organizations that provide programs on evenings and weekends. Volunteers for RESET’s weekend computer science programs for Girl Scouts need not have a specific background in computer science; RESET prepares volunteers from all STEM fields for the sessions. Community events scheduled for week-ends welcome hands-on activities in all STEM fields.
RESET also has a partnership with Curiologie in the Classroom, providing hands-on science for middle school students on Saturday mornings.
• Summer Programs
RESET provides summer programs at schools in Washington, DC.
• Team Programs
As a growing percentage of RESET volunteers are working professionals, RESET actively seeks alliances with organizations that promote volunteerism among their employees. Through partnerships with several federal agencies, professional societies, and private companies, RESET provides teams of volunteers to various schools and community organizations. The volunteer team approach offers flexibility for working professionals, as sessions can proceed even if some team members are unavailable due to work responsibilities. RESET team partnerships include General Dynamics, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Curiologie in the Classroom (health researchers), the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Note: If you are an employee at one of these organizations and would like to become a RESET volunteer, or if your workplace may be interested in forming a team, we would be happy to provide you with information.