The Community After School Program (CASP) offers literacy tutoring as well as homework clubs at its after school programs. CASP began offering a literacy tutoring program (Be Smart Club) in 2008 and a homework help program (Be Smart Homework Club) in 2014. Volunteering as a literacy tutor or homework helper is a rewarding experience where volunteers serve as mentors and see their students grow and learn throughout the year. These volunteer opportunities are perfect for education majors, those who enjoy working with children, or anyone who wants an opportunity to give back to the Norman community.
Volunteer literacy tutors are asked to commit to volunteering at least 1 hour twice each week between the hours of 3:00 pm and 5:30 pmfor one semester. CASP provides training as well as book bags with tutoring supplies, resources, and teaching tools for tutors to utilize during their tutoring sessions. Literacy tutors are matched with at-risk youth and serve as positive mentors while assisting children in strengthening their literacy skills. Through positive guidance, playing games, and reading aloud, students learn to problem solve, improve their study skills, and become successful readers.
Be Smart Homework Club volunteers work with multiple children and assist with all aspects of homework including problem solving, organization, and prioritizing. Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering at least 30 minutes each week for one semester. By working with the same group of students, these volunteers have the opportunity to build strong, mentoring relationships with students while helping them grow academically.
Prospective volunteers should complete and return an application (see below). CASP will contact references and complete a preliminary background check. Individuals who meet these requirements will be interviewed, and if selected, will complete orientation to CASP policies and procedures before they begin their volunteer duties.
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 3 pm-4:30 pm 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 and mentor children on the importance of a healthy lifestyle while playing games and having fun.
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 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.
We are always accepting new volunteers and appreciate your interest!
Interested individuals should complete and submit the online Volunteer Application. Before completing the application you will want to have the following information handy and ready for use:
We will be in touch with you as soon as we receive your application! For more information please call 405-366-5970 ext. 203. If you prefer, stop by our administrative offices at 1023 N. Flood Avenue, Norman, OK to complete an application in person.