Volunteering is a great way to make an impact on the life of an NLCP student. Last year 300 volunteers worked directly with NLCP students for a total of 6,000 hours of service in a number of different roles, including mentoring a Senior Project, judging a Senior Project, or hosting a Lunch & Learn opportunity.
“I was looking for a student that I could mentor. The only challenge was finding a school that had the ability to work with someone from the outside, in a way that works for a working professional… When I saw that NLCP had that support I was game.” – Alejandra Belmonte, NLCP Associate Board Member and Student Mentor
Be a Senior Project Mentor
Senior Projects are a year‐long investigation into a single, student‐chosen topic that provide NLCP students the opportunity to “practice” identifying needs, formulating questions, and incorporating advice – before they put these essential skills to use on their own in college and beyond. Senior Project Mentors meet with their senior four times during the year; talk with the senior about his or her Senior Project; suggest new research leads, challenge assumptions, and provide encouragement as needed.
Sound like something you’d be interested in? If you are interested in mentoring, register here.
Be a Senior Project Panel Judge
Senior Project Panel Judges volunteer two hours in May, to judge and provide valuable feedback on students’ 30‐minute presentations. Our graduates tell us that Senior Project was the best preparation they got for college. Judges should be open‐minded and able to provide feedback in a supportive but direct way to aid critical thinking skills.
No specific expertise is required other than a willingness to be both demanding and supportive.
Be a Lunch and Learn Host
Lunch & Learn provides students a chance to visit a volunteer at their job. It it’s an experience which can lead to more informed career choices. As a host you will give an office tour; introduce them to colleagues; answer questions about your work or career and share a simple lunch with the students. Student transportation is provided, and chaperones also attend.
If you are interested in volunteering with NLCP, register here.