General Information

Volunteering for Our School

The Polk County School Board has an outstanding volunteer program, with over one million service hours donated by nearly 30,000 volunteers each year. With so many needs to fulfill there is no doubt that we can put you to work helping us to educate our students!

Becoming a Volunteer

  1. To get started, visit the PCPS Get Involved page where you can fill out an online volunteer application.
  2. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check will be done automatically when we receive your application. Volunteer approval takes 2-3 weeks.
  3. Call your school to receive an orientation and start volunteering!

How You Can Help!

The Polk Education Foundation has several ways for an individual to help with the many programs they offer. Here are just a few of the ways you can help.

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Mentors – Youth Motivators and Take Stock in Children

Youth Motivators

The Youth Motivator program brings together positive role models from the community and students who can benefit from one-on-one attention. Students are selected by teachers and guidance counselors. Parents sign a permission form for participation in the program. Students and mentors meet, usually once a week, to work together to improve grades, set goals for improved attendance and behavior or focus on career interests.

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Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children is an award-winning program that provides scholarships, mentors, and hope for a better future to Florida’s most deserving low-income, at-risk children. A public-private partnership, this school-based mentoring organization has positively affected the lives of more than 11,000 children since 1995.

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AmeriCorps Polk Reads

AmeriCorps Polk Reads is a grant-funded reading tutoring program in Polk County, Florida. Members provide reading tutoring to more than 425 K-3 students each year while working collaboratively with community agencies to strengthen community ties.

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