Aces Volunteering - Frequently Asked Questions
- What types of things are Aces volunteers expected to do?
- What is the time commitment?
- What are the age groups and demographics of Aces students?
- What subject areas are taught in Aces classes?
- What qualifications do Aces volunteers usually have?
- Are volunteers required to have a teaching certificate in order to teach a class?
- Do volunteers receive training?
Aces volunteers primarily teach the classes, but they also do administrative tasks like student data entry and grading exams. We also always need assistance with fundraising activities.
What is the time commitment?
Once you inform us of your availability, we will fit you into the program. We often assign two teachers to a class so that they can work together to ensure that all classes are covered. This may sound different, but after trying it most teachers wouldn't have it any other way. Some volunteers have become good friends after teaching a class together.
What are the age groups and demographics of Aces students?
The students are in grades 7 - 12. They typically represent over 40 ZIP codes throughout Detroit and the surrounding area. The majority are African American and live in the city.
What subject areas are taught in Aces classes?
- ACT Prep (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Grammar, Sentence Structure, Reading Comprehension, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and some Trigonometry.
- Math Essentials (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, and Beginning Algebra.
- English Essentials (Fall, Spring)
Parts of Speech: Nouns, Verbs, Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Prepositions.
- Writing and Thinking (Fall, Spring)
Grammar review and Essay Writing.
Personal and Persuasive Essays
What qualifications do Aces volunteers usually have?
Most of the volunteers are engineers. However, we also have lawyers, doctors, business professionals and entrepreneurs volunteering in various ways. Over half of our volunteers have graduate level degrees.
Are volunteers required to have a teaching certificate in order to teach a class?
No. In fact, very few of our Aces teachers have ever been "certified" to teach. We seek to use the talents of various community professionals as a way to supplement what the students learn in school. This exposes the students to different perspectives that most of them wouldn't get until years later. Our results have been outstanding.
Do volunteers receive training?
Almost all of our teachers have never taught in a classroom before Aces. We have a short training session at the beginning of each session to familiarize them to our system and approach. Once you meet your students and start seeing how much of a difference teaching makes, it will become one of the most rewarding experiences you've ever had.
For more information contact:Jeron Campbell, Ed.L.D.
Founder and Executive Director