IN 2017-18, S.A.G.E. PROVIDED $137,253*
OF VALUE IN FIVE SCHOOL DISTRICTS
*According to the US Independent Sector's calculation of the value of a volunteer hour at $24.16
An extra set of hands in the classroom means more personalized attention for every student. Our volunteers have helped students “catch up” to the rest of the class when they’ve fallen behind; provided extra challenges to advanced students to keep them engaged; and assisted students for whom English is a second language. In addition to the academic benefits, the one-on-one attention has helped students become more confident, exhibit better manners, and become more comfortable around other generations.
We know this because more than 95% of teachers request the same volunteer in their classroom year after year – some pairings have even been together for the two decades that we've been in operation! Weekly volunteers give teachers the ability to provide more individualized attention to their students, while specialty volunteer placements help teachers bring lesson plans to life by calling on their past professional and personal experiences. Ongoing volunteer training throughout the year ensures that our volunteers have the knowledge and know-how to participate in the modern classroom.
Volunteers come to us for several reasons: they are looking for a way to remain active and involved in their community, they are new to the area and want to create new friendships and relationships, and most importantly they want to pass on their knowledge to the younger generation. S.A.G.E. offers seniors the unique opportunity to play a meaningful role in the educational system long after their own children have graduated and to remain active and engaged in their communities.
To unite youth and seniors in an effort to enrich education and leave a legacy for future generations.
S.A.G.E. School Districts
Our volunteers are currently in elementary, junior high, and high school classrooms in five districts throughout Bucks County.
Council Rock School District
Hatboro-Horsham School District
Philadelphia School District
St. Andrew School District
How It Works
Bring S.A.G.E. to your school in six simple steps.
We'll introduce the program to teachers & building administrators at a single on-site kick-off meeting.
Our favorite part – and the most important – we create custom pairings between teachers and volunteers based on teacher requests and volunteer expertise and availability.
After announcing the program in local media, we will host an informational breakfast for interested seniors.
We will provide handouts for students to bring home to introduce their parents to the volunteers who will be in their classrooms.
S.A.G.E. coordinates with each partner district to offer an orientation where volunteers learn about the program and their roles and responsibilities, and sign our Volunteer Manual.
Throughout the school year, we will match new volunteers with positions, provide ongoing assistance as needed, and hold training sessions to help our volunteers add even more value to your school.
S.A.G.E. carries liability insurance to cover all volunteers who enter the schools.
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All seniors must pass security clearances before entering school.
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There is a nominal cost to the program. Pricing will be provided upon request.