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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer tutors and mentors play a significant role in our students’ success. Learn more about each of these opportunities below.

Tutors & Interns

What is The Preuss Tutoring/Internship Program? 

Each school year we look for dedicated tutors and interns that are college/university students and/or adult members of the community. It’s a great and easy way to give back and meet some wonderful students.

We have classes from 6th – 12th grade, which meet from 9am to 4pm. Tutor positions are available in all classroom subjects such as math, science, history, english, spanish, music and fine arts. Volunteer tutors usually come in for an hour and a half, twice a week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday). Tutors volunteer between 3-6 hours weekly.  

Internships are available helping in various departments including HR Dept., Volunteer Programs, Admissions, Front Office, Student Services, and Library.  Interns do not work directly with students, instead they help in the different offices providing assistance with data entry, filing, updating brochures and flyers, and/or helping in organizing events. Interns volunteer between 6-10 hours weekly.

How can I become a Volunteer Tutor/Intern at Preuss? 

Click here to complete the Volunteer Tutor/Intern Application

 

These are the screening requirements that every mentor has to complete prior to the first day of volunteering: 

1)     Complete the online application (click on link above)

2)     Orientation – You will be notified when the next orientation will be taking place

3)     Proof of TB Risk Assessment Screening or TB test performed within the last four years (send an electronic copy to preussvolunteer@ucsd.edu). Or you may ask to be put in contact with the School’s nurse and the nurse will complete the Risk Assessment questionnaire over the phone and provide a copy to me.  UC San Diego students please visit Student Health Services for an appointment.  This requirement is only necessary if you are volunteering in person. However, if you have it, please send it now to complete your clearance file.

4)     Provide a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Card - This requirement is only necessary if you are volunteering in person. Please bring to the office on or before your first day on in-person volunteering. Do not send via any electronic method

 5)     CANRA Training - Complete Online Training Modules. These are the instructions to follow,

a.      Go to https://www.praesidiumacademy.com/redeem

b.      Fill in your contact information including Firs Name, Last Name, Email Address, and desired Password

c.      Enter the following registration code: reg-ucsd-858-preussschool (NOTE that there are three “s”)

d.      Click Validate to confirm registration code

e.      Click the checkbox to agree to the Terms & Conditions

f.       Click Redeem

g.      Write down your user login and password for future reference

h.      Answer the Registration Questions about your status and role within the organization

i.       Click Save & Continue

j.       To begin taking training immediately, scroll down and click a course to start the content. The two courses to take are:

                                                    i.     University of California Mandated Reporter

                                                   ii.     Abuse Risk Management for Volunteers

k.      Once you have completed both modules, go to the top of the page and click on the arrow you see next to your name and select Transcript

l.       Select Print Transcript (as a pdf file) – make sure both completed modules show on the transcript

m.    E-mail the transcript as an attachment to: preussvolunteer@ucsd.edu

 

6)     Policy Forms: You will be contacted via e-mail to complete these forms over a zoom meeting or in person.

7)     Live Scan at a UC San Diego facility. Cost is covered by the school. Your name and e-mail will be provided to the Live Scan office after all the other screening requirements have been completed. The Live Scan office will contact you with next steps, including the scheduling of your fingerprinting appointment.  Please keep an eye out for an e-mail from the Live Scan office with next steps (you may need to check your Spam/Junk folder).

Returning Volunteer Tutors

Schedule an appointment with the Volunteer Coordinator for a new tutoring assignment or if you are returning to the same block, please email the Volunteer Coordinator with the name of the teacher and block you will return to in order to save your tutoring spot.

 

Mentors

What is The Preuss Mentor Program? 

Click on Mentor Program Overview to learn more.

Members of the community—faculty included—serve as mentors for Preuss students. Mentors act in a capacity of role model, teacher and friend to encourage and motivate students to reach their educational and personal goals. Often the exchange between the pair is educational for both, as each person brings his or her own unique experiences to the exchanges.  Mentors are paired with one student based on common hobbies, career interests, and goals for the mentoring relationship. 

Meetings take place for 30-45 minutes on the school's campus either during lunch or during University Prep class for a period of one year.

Quarterly meetings are planned for mentors.  Fun activities for the mentors and mentees occur throughout the school year. 

How can I become a Preuss Mentor? 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please click here to complete the mentor application.

Your application must be submitted along with a copy of the following:

  1. Proof of TB test result that is no more than 60 days old from your date of application. If you are a current UC San Diego student please visit student health services.  All other volunteers can receive their TB screening may contact our school nurse at (858) 822-2291 or preussnurse@ucsd.edu.
  2. Complete Online Training Modules "California Mandated Reporters" and "Abuse Risk Management for Volunteers"
    1. Visit the Praesidium Website 
    2. Register with code UCSDEDU
    3. Select The Preuss School (you will see the two modules that you need to complete)
    4. Print Certificate of Completion and bring with you to tutor/intern orientation or e-mail it to preussvolunteer@ucsd.edu 

After the application has been received and reviewed, we will contact you to schedule a Mentor Orientation and discuss the procedures involved with the mandatory California Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal back ground checks, which includes finger printing. 

Other Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be 21 years or older or be a 3rd year university student.

Current Mentors 

MentorCore is our online database where mentors are able to log in their mentoring hours and update their contact information. Click on the button/banner below to log in.

MentorCore

Mentees

If you are interested in requesting a mentor:

  1. Fill out the Mentee Application.

  2. Come see the Volunteer Coordinator in the main office to obtain a “Preuss School UC San Diego Mentorship Program – Student Permission Slip” to be signed by a parent/guardian. We have to have this permission slip on file before we can place you in the program.


For more information on Preuss volunteer opportunities, please
contact Dr. Jacqueline Azize-Brewer or call (858) 822-0020.