Get Involved! Volunteer Opportunities and Dates
The Franklin Initiative has plenty of opportunities to volunteer! For more detailed information on any of these programs, please visit our Career Learning Programs and Events page.
- Reality Store®: There are 4 opportunities available throughout the school year; 3 in the fall, and 1 in the spring.
Number of Volunteers Needed: Around 50 per event
Tri-North Middle School - Friday, October 7th
1. 8:30am - 11:30am - Volunteers will receive free breakfast
2. 11:30am - 2:55pm - Volunteers will receive free lunch
Edgewood Junior High School - Thursday, November 17th
1. 7:15am - 9:20am - Volunteers will receive free breakfast
2. 9:10am - 11:38am - Volunteers will receive free lunch
3. 12:20pm - 2:20pm - Volunteers will receive free lunch
Batchelor Middle School - Friday, December 9th
Shift Times: TBD
Jackson Creek Middle School - Wednesday, April 12th
Shift Times: TBD
Time Commitment: Typically, there are 2 or 3 shifts available at each event (each shift is about 2-3 hours in length), and you may sign up for as many shifts as you like.
Be sure to download the document below to learn more in-depth information about the Reality Store® program.
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- Career Speakers Bureau: Many opportunities throughout the school year at Bloomington South and Edgewood High Schools.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2-5 per panel
Edgewood High School Dates and Topics (All panels are from 8:05am - 9:00am)
Wednesday, September 7: Medical — nurse, medical assistant, physical or occupational therapist, etc.
Wednesday, September 28: Trades — electrician, plumber, etc.
Wednesday, November 2: IT — computer programmer, software engineer, network analyst, etc.
Wednesday, November 30: STEM — engineers
Wednesday, January 11: Public Safety—police, fire, EMT, etc.
Wednesday, February 1: Mental Health and Social Services — psychologist, counselor, social worker, etc.
Wednesday, March 1: Business/Finance — accountant, financial consultant, marketing, etc.
Wednesday, March 22: Art — graphic designer, photographer, museum curator, etc.
Wednesday, April 5: STEM — manufacturing
Wednesday, April 26: Management - private, nonprofit, public
Bloomington South High School Dates and Topics (All panels are from 10:15am - 11:00am)
Thursday, September 29: Entrepreneurship — Small business owners, inventors, and founders
Thursday, November 10: Medical and Dental — nurse, medical assistant, dental hygienist, etc.
More Dates and Topics Coming Soon
Time Commitment: 1 hour
- Career Days: Takes place annually in October at Edgewood Jr. High School and at Edgewood High School.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 7 for Edgewood Jr. High, 8 for Edgewood High School
Edgewood Jr. High - Tuesday, October 6 (8:00am-10:15am)
Edgewood High School - Wednesday, October 19 (7:45am-10:15am)
Time Commitment: 2.5 hours
- Mock Interviews: Takes place once annually in April for freshmen students at The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10
Date: Thursday, April 20 (Time TBD)
Time Commitment: 2.5 hours
- Job Shadowing: Takes place once annually in April for freshmen students at The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship.
Number of Organizations Needed: Around 30
Date: Thursday, April 27 (Time TBD)
Time Commitment: 4-7 hours
Opportunities to be an Exhibitor or Sponsor
The Franklin Initiative has 3 annual events where your organization can participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor.
- Life Sciences and STEM Career Fair - Wednesday, November 9 (9:45am-12:45pm): Takes place annually in November. Nearly 200 high school students attend this event to learn about STEM careers and interact with professionals from over 20 local businesses. Organizations can reserve a free booth and/or sponsor the event.
To participate as an exhibitor, be sure download the Registration Packet below.
- Career Skills and Employment Fair (Date TBD): Takes place annually in April. Over 120 high school juniors and seniors take part in this event to find out about available jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities from representatives of 25 local businesses. Students also get to learn about career development and further education programs, as well as get to practice their soft skills. Organizations can reserve a free booth and/or sponsor the event.
- Educators of the Year (Date TBD): Takes place annually in February. Several local educators are honored for their impact on the students of Monroe County. Visit our Educators of the Year page for more information on this event.