Our Volunteers

We wouldn’t be much without our volunteers.  Most of them come in once a week during the school year and they bring with them expertise from all walks of life. Being a chef is not necessary.  Just being a part of our class gives our students a chance to practice their professionalism with more adults while supporting our activities.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact us here.  Ongoing volunteer-ship requires registering with SF Education Fund, which usually also includes a brief safety workshop & fingerprinting.  You will need a TB test with negative results for any regular school involvement too.  Let us know if we can help in any way.

If you are interested in a one time guest appearance in our classroom, we would love your involvement!  Even a one time visit, whether telling us how you got to where you are in the working world, discussing your favorite “dos” and “don’ts”,  to simply cooking with us, it all makes a huge difference to our students.  Our class times are often midday and beginning in August 2014, will run for 1 hour 40 minutes, which gives us a lot of flexibility to create a worthwhile experience for all.  Please let us know!

2 Replies to “Our Volunteers”

  1. To whom this may concern,

    Hello, my name is Jarrett Mao and I am a member of the Civic Engagement and Immigration Committee of the San Francisco Youth Commission.

    The Youth Commission is a body of 17 youth from San Francisco who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor. Created by the voters under a 1995 amendment to the City Charter, the commission is responsible for advising the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor on policies and laws related to young people.

    As per our committee’s title, one of our main goals is to increase youth engagement in local/national politics, and one of the ways we can achieve that is through youth voter education. We have a group of experienced young individuals who have been trained in voter registration education, and we would love to have one of our trainees visit (your school/your organization) and speak to a body of youths about the importance, restrictions, and steps of registering to vote. CA now allows 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote and it is our goal to pre-register as many 16 and 17 year olds as possible. Trainees will also be willing to answer as many questions that your community has as they can.

    For the past 40-50 years, the number of people (mainly youths) that cast a vote on election day is minute in comparison to those who have been canvassed, and this is in part because youths aren’t reminded enough about the importance of voting and the significance of every educated vote. If we can start slowly reminding our local community about this message, then hopefully we will create a generation of politically engaged voters.

    Ways to help us:
    Email us back with a handful of times and dates that could work for our trainees to visit your class/program to do a quick 5-10 minute presentation. Afternoon times are best as all trainees are high schoolers.
    Allow us to drop off voter registration cards to your class/program with a cheat sheet on why pre-registering is important. Filled out forms are free to mail, however, we encourage them to be picked up by us so we can track trainee progress.
    If your school/program is hosting a youth centered event, allow us to table and we will bring all the materials.
    Please help us recruit youth trainers to go out into schools and help us pre-register other youth. A recruitment flyer can be accessed here: https://sfgov.org/youthcommission/sites/default/files/Voter%20Pre-Reg%20Training%20Flyer.pdf

    Thank you for the time and we look forward to hearing back from you.
    Take care,

    1. Hi Jarrett, sorry for the delay in responding, our program is only during the school day (until 2pm). Perhaps I should put you in touch with the principal of the high school, Catherine (Katie) Pringle, here is her email: pringlec@sfusd.edu. I’ll also print this email and pass it along to her, my guess is that the someone from your organization has been in touch with someone here at Ida B. Wells.
      Thanks again for reaching out! I’ll pass along the information.
      All My Best!
      Alice

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