Visit the Cathedral Choir School after 3:00 on a school day and you’ll find the rooms buzzing with activity as students arrive from school to meet with their mentors and homework helpers for an afternoon of learning and fun. JOIN OUR TEAM of volunteers and experience first-hand the excitement and enthusiasm of our students!
To become a volunteer:
- Complete an application which includes references and authorization for criminal background check.
- Interview with the Director of Mentoring and Student Services.
- Attend required trainings. All volunteers must receive an orientation to our program and attend the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware’s Safe Kids training course. One-on-one mentors must also attend a Creative Mentoring training course.
One-on-one mentor: Adult volunteers are matched to a specific student for the school year. Mentors meet once a week with their assigned student for one hour minimum. During this time, they may complete homework or school projects, play a game, read, share common interests or learn new skills, talk about the student’s day and explore career and college goals. The most important skill mentors bring is the ability to listen; they share their life experience with a developing child and provide consistency for the student each week at a regularly scheduled time.
Homework helper: Volunteers work with students after school to complete homework assignments and school projects, review lessons and study for tests. When homework is completed, volunteers may engage students in other enrichment activities, such as board games, practicing the piano, arts and crafts, etc. Homework helpers commit to one afternoon a week between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. (1, 2 and 3 hour shifts available). This volunteer opportunity is a great way to “try on” the choir school and provides flexibility for those who may periodically travel or are otherwise unable to make a firm commitment as a one-on-one mentor. It is also suited for those who want the experience of working with many of our children instead of focusing on just one student.
Tutor: Similar to homework helpers, tutors specialize in specific subject areas and offer their assistance to our students on any given afternoon.
Piano practice lab: New to the Choir School this year, students will have a designated area for daily piano practice. Volunteers will supervise the lab and assist students in correct practice techniques.
Kitchen duty: Our students arrive hungry! We need volunteers to serve our choristers a snack when they first arrive after school and then the afternoon meal (which is dinner for those staying through evening rehearsal). Food is provided by the Choir School and the Food Bank of Delaware. Volunteers will set up, serve, supervise and clean up from the afternoon meals.
Special skills: Volunteers are encouraged to share a special skill with our students. We have a weekly cooking class hosted by a volunteer and guest “chefs” are encouraged to take a turn! Other activities might include chess, reading or poetry club, arts and crafts, nature walks, etc. Use your imagination! Commitment varies with the opportunity being offered.
To donate supplies:
We are always in need of consumables such as arts and crafts and school supplies. Books, board games, science kits, building kits and other educational materials are especially welcome too!
To learn more about our mentoring program, contact our Director of Mentoring and Student Services, Chantal Whitehead, at 302-543-8657, x2 or Click here to send her an e-mail.
To apply, complete this form: CS Mentor Application