Project Morry’s volunteers donate their time, energy and enthusiasm to help young people from under-resourced communities to envision a better future. We have a range of volunteer opportunities that require different expertise and skillsets. Being a volunteer will allow you to connect with young people, develop skills, lend your expertise, and make a positive impact in the community. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, we’d love your help.
Why Volunteer with Project Morry?
Volunteering at Project Morry offers many benefits. You’ll make new friends, develop new skills, grow and be challenged, and have fun along the way. Our volunteers are regularly inspired by the young people they meet, and feel proud of the positive difference they make. We strive to make Project Morry’s volunteering experience as fun and rewarding as possible.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Mentor a Student:
Project Morry’s Coach Program matches high school students with volunteer coaches that connect regularly over the two-year one-on-one mentoring program. Having a Project Morry coach provides a motivated young adult with an adult role model who can give them the extra support, encouragement and motivation that they need to fulfill their goals and graduate high school. The mentoring program provides a safe environment for young people to share their hopes and dreams, and seek advice on addressing the challenges they may be experiencing. On the other hand, coaches have a great sense of satisfaction knowing they are contributing. Along the way, coaches and students share a great deal of fun and laughter and develop a positive bond.
The Importance of Mentoring
The choices and goals set in high school can be a turning point in a young person’s life on a path to becoming a productive and self-confident adult. One-on-one mentoring exposes students to new experiences and an adult perspective on life to help them make choices that will keep them safe, happy and healthy.
What Is the Coach’s Role?
Coaches work closely with their students to support a strong sense of inner-motivation, build self-confidence, and mentor them to develop the skills necessary to set and successfully move towards their goals. They connect monthly with students to help them prepare for life after high schools, for example to review PSAT and SAT preparation, college applications, scholarship and financial aid applications, and to discuss how to fill out job applications.
Support for Coaches
Project Morry coaches benefit from a formal training program, ongoing support and access to helpful resources. A “contract” is signed by the coach and student to ensure that both individuals agree to the conditions of the program. Systems are in place to monitor and review the mentoring to ensure a successful relationship. Staff members provide volunteer coaches with professional guidance and act as a safety net to support coaches based on their knowledge of the needs of young people at this critical stage in their adolescent development.
Who Can Be a Coach?
Project Morry coaches are adults who understand and are committed to Project Morry’s mission and upholding our values. Our coaches are passionate about assisting young adults to successfully navigate through the demanding task of finishing high school while preparing for their post-graduation experiences. The relationship between coaches and young people is based on consistency, positive reinforcement, accountability, commitment, respect and caring.
- Volunteering for a two-year period
- Participating in a training session prior to being assigned to a Project Morry student
- Making contact with the Project Morry student at least once a month
- Being accessible for consistent communication with the Project Morry mentor support team
We welcome experts and experienced speakers to deliver workshops for students at Morry’s Camp on subjects such as life skills, career and college preparednessContact us to find out more.
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Hear their stories
Founding board member
One of the greatest things about Project Morry is that it’s a reflection of what Morry was, and his basic principles still come through.
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Project Morry Coach
In 2005, I decided to volunteer as a Project Morry Coach. As a friend of Morry Stein and a longtime supporter of Project Morry, I decided to do a bit more.