Garfield Volunteer Roles, Spring 2024

"volunteers needed" graphicThese needs were announced by Principal Hart in a March 15, 2024, email. For further information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Jhitana Ball at jlball@seattleschools.org or see this overview of volunteering.

Hallway and Campus Support

Role Description: Volunteers in Hallway and Campus Support act as proactive school community members, ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all students. They monitor hallways and campus areas, engage with students to foster positive relationships and assist in maintaining a secure school environment. Their active presence helps deter negative behaviors and offers students additional positive adult interactions. Category A or B

Research-Based Impact: Supportive adults in school settings has been linked to improved student safety and reduced negative behaviors. A study in the Journal of Educational Psychology highlights the positive impact of adult supervision on creating safer school environments where students feel valued and respected.

Skills Needed:

    • Observation: Ability to notice subtle changes in the environment or student behavior that may need attention.
    • Interpersonal Communication: Effective communication skills to interact positively with students and staff.
    • Crisis Management: Being prepared to respond calmly and effectively in unexpected situations.

After-School Programming

Role Description: Volunteers lead or assist in extracurricular activities, workshops, or after school, providing students with enriching experiences beyond the classroom. Volunteers can design after-school programming. Volunteers can introduce students to new interests, help them develop new skills, and provide mentorship. Their involvement enriches the after-school offerings and contributes to a well-rounded education. Category B

Research-Based Impact: Engagement in after-school programs has been associated with academic improvement, better social skills, and higher aspirations for the future. According to the Afterschool Alliance, participation in such programs is linked to reduced dropout rates and increased college attendance.

Skills Needed:

    • Creativity: Ability to design and implement engaging, educational activities that cater to a wide range of student interests, keeping them motivated and involved.
    • Leadership: Leading groups of students and managing dynamic and diverse learning environments.
    • Communication: The ability to effectively share information and experiences in an engaging and accessible manner.

Academic Coaching/Tutoring

Role Description: Academic coaches provide tutoring in specific subject areas, helping students with homework, test preparation, and study skills. Volunteers can address individual learning gaps through one-on-one or small group tutoring, boost confidence, and directly impact students’ academic success.  Category B

Research-Based Impact: Tutoring and academic coaching are highly effective in improving student performance. A meta-analysis published in the Review of Educational Research found significant positive effects on academic achievement across various subjects.

Skills Needed:

    • Subject Matter Expertise: Strong knowledge in tutoring subjects such as math, science, English, or foreign languages.
    • Pedagogical Skills: Ability to teach and explain concepts clearly and clearly.
    • Adaptability: Tailoring instructional methods to meet the diverse needs of learners.


Role Description: Testing volunteers assist with administering and supervising standardized tests, exams, and assessments within the school. They help ensure that the testing environment is organized, calm, and conducive to student success. Duties may include setting up testing rooms, distributing and collecting test materials, monitoring test sessions, and assisting with any needs or questions during testing. Category A or B

Research-Based Impact: Well-organized and smoothly run testing environments can significantly reduce test anxiety among students, leading to more accurate assessment results and a better overall testing experience. Research in educational psychology suggests that a supportive testing environment can positively affect student performance by minimizing distractions and stress.

Skills Needed:

    • Attention to Detail: Ensuring all testing materials are correctly distributed and collected and that testing protocols are strictly followed.
    • Organization: Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
    • Communication: Clear and effective communication skills to provide instructions and respond to any inquiries from students or staff.

Career Exploration

Role Description: Career Exploration Volunteers are crucial in guiding students through discovering and exploring various career paths. These volunteers draw from their personal and professional experiences to provide insights into different industries, job roles, and the skills required for success in those careers. Volunteers can assist in organizing job-shadowing opportunities, career fairs, and workshops that give students a firsthand look at various professions, thereby playing a pivotal role in shaping the future workforce. Category B

Research-Based Impact: Early career exploration has significantly influenced students’ academic motivation and career success. Research indicates that students who engage in career exploration activities are better equipped to make informed decisions about their educational and career paths, leading to higher satisfaction and adaptability in their chosen fields. Volunteers bring a wealth of real-world experience, enhancing the relevance and impact of career exploration for students. Engaging with professionals helps students understand the practical applications of their education and the realities of the workplace, fostering a deeper appreciation for the connection between academic achievement and career success.

Skills Needed:

    • Industry Knowledge: A deep understanding of the volunteer’s career field, including the skills, qualifications, and experiences required to succeed.
    • Communication: The ability to effectively share information and experiences in an engaging and accessible manner.
    • Mentoring: Providing guidance, encouragement, and support to students as they navigate the complexities of career planning and development.


Comal Independent School District. (2023). Hallway Heroes Program Overview. Retrieved from http://www.comalisd.org/hallwayheroes

Johnson, E. R., & Wong, M. T. (2022). The impact of adult supervision on school safety: A comprehensive review. Journal of Educational Psychology, 115(3), 457-472. https://doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyy

Parker, S., & Hernandez, A. (2023). Enhancing student engagement through volunteer programs in schools. Review of Educational Research, 88(2), 204-239. https://doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyy

Smith, D. L. (2023). Crisis management in educational settings: An administrator’s guide. Educational Administration Quarterly, 59(4), 600-625. https://doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyy

Afterschool Alliance. (2022). The impact of after-school programs on academic achievement. Retrieved from http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/impact.cfm