“Three Ways to Make A Difference”
BE SMART CLUB
Be Smart Club Mission:
To support and enhance the literacy skills that children learn throughout their school day.
Be Smart Club Vision:
To foster and inspire learning, so that children can grow in confidence and ability.
The Community After School Program (CASP) operates a volunteer tutoring program serving elementary school students attending its programs. The tutoring program is in its 5thyear of successful programming. CASP Be Smart Club seeks to accomplish its mission and vision by engaging volunteers to serve and mentor in their community. Based on the successes we’ve seen and stories we’ve heard, CASP knows that these goals are being realized with its Be Smart Club programs.
Volunteer tutors are asked to commit to volunteering at least 1 hour twice each week between the hours of 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm for one semester. Tutors work one-on-one for 30 minutes with two students twice each week. Each tutor is required to complete an application (see below) and is interviewed and screened through background and reference checks. Tutors complete orientation to CASP policies and procedures as well as tutoring best practices before they are matched with their students. CASP provides book bags with tutoring supplies, as well as resources and teaching tools for tutors to utilize during their tutoring sessions. Tutors are matched with at risk youth and focus their volunteer time on literacy and reading as well as mentoring. Through positive guidance, playing games, and reading aloud, students learn to problem solve, improve their study skills, and become successful readers.
Tutoring is a rewarding experience where volunteers serve as mentors and see their students grow and learn throughout the year. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for education majors, those who enjoy working with children, or anyone who wants an opportunity to give back to the Norman community.
BE FIT CLUB
Help to strengthen the Norman community with a nutrition and exercise program for the youth of CASP while having fun with kids! CASP is seeking volunteers to assist with a nutrition and physical activity program called Be Fit Club. This program is offered to CASP children at nine elementary locations in partnership with the United Way and other local partners.
Volunteers assist the Be Fit Club Coordinators with program activities including nutrition lessons and group games. Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering at least one day each week for 1 to 1.5 hours. Be Fit Club volunteers must complete an application (see below), an interview, and orientation to CASP policies and procedures before volunteering at a program site. Be Fit Club usually takes place from 3pm-4:30pm each school day. Volunteers can choose a day that works best with their schedule and will be placed at one of our nine Be Fit Club elementary locations. Be Fit volunteers have the opportunity to build positive relationships while mentoring children on the importance of a healthy lifestyle while playing games and having fun.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
CASP accepts short-term volunteers who may have limited availability of less than one semester. These volunteers often have a special skill, talent, or knowledge that they share with our children through activities such as science, art, music, or cultural education. These activities must be planned by the volunteer and approved by CASP. Some examples of activities volunteers have brought to our children in the past include Anti-Bullying Presentations, Bio-Diversity Presentations, Dance Programs, and Pen-Pal Clubs. These volunteer programs are a great opportunity for volunteers to bring enrichment activities to our students they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Volunteers must have their activity or program pre-approved by CASP and complete an application (see below), an interview, and orientation to CASP policies and procedures before volunteering at a program site.
How to Apply:
We are always accepting new volunteers and appreciate your interest!
Interested individuals should download and complete the Volunteer Application below. Send completed application via email to email@example.com. We will be in touch with you as soon as we receive your application! For more information please call 405-366-5970 ext. 216.