Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Access Opportunity! We have ongoing needs for various expert volunteers including tech gurus, musicians/performers, office administrators, and translators (Spanish and Vietnamese).​ Additional opportunities include:​

  • Sharing your experiences with our students through panel and other speaking opportunities.

  • Developing our students' careers through informational interviews, job shadowing, resume review, interview prep, and more.​​​

 

Please contact Tracey Flower at tflower@accessopportunity.org if you are interested in volunteering. See our latest upcoming events and opportunities below.

*Note that any student support role, with direct access to high school and college students, will be subject to background checks. Thank you again for your interest!

VOLUNTEER

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunity Overview

Access Opportunity is seeking volunteers to participate in our student application review process. Volunteers will review 8-12 student applications and provide feedback in small group settings. Access Opportunity's program staff will use the feedback to inform the selection of our new student cohort, the class of 2027. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Access Opportunity's students and to support our work by helping us incorporate a range of diverse perspectives in our review process. 


Timeline and Key Dates
Note: All meetings, trainings, and review sessions will be held via Zoom.

April 1, 2021: Deadline to sign up (sign up closes at 11:59 p.m.)
April 6, 2021 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Welcome and training session.
April 12-30, 2021: Review applications, take notes based on selection criteria, and share feedback in small groups.
May 3-7, 2021: Students are selected and notified.
Mid-May: Join us for a wrap-up session where we'll announce the new class of students!


Background
Access Opportunity is a college and career access program that serves high-achieving, low-income students from the Denver Metro area. We will admit up to 20 new high school 10th graders into our program in 2021. The application review and selection process is holistic and highly selective, taking into account factors such as GPA and family income alongside school and community engagement and activities. We seek students who balance our program pillars of Achieve, Connect, and Inspire. The holistic, data-driven nature of our admissions process takes into account multiple aspects of each applicant. We incorporate several perspectives into our review to eliminate bias as much as possible and ensure we conduct this process fairly, so that all students are given equal opportunity to participate in our program. 


FAQs
Q. Will I interview/talk to student applicants during this process?
A. No. Our interviews are conducted by program staff so that prospective students have the opportunity to ask specific questions and meet the counselors they'll be working with if accepted.

Q. How long is each application?
A. In each application, students are asked to list up to 10 extracurricular activities, answer two short answer questions (250-400 words), and write one personal statement (500-650 words). 

Q. Do I have to have any special qualifications to participate?
A. Nope! However, you must be 18 or older to participate. You may not participate if you knowingly have a relationship with any current program applicants.

Q. I'm unable to attend the welcome and training session due to a scheduling conflict. Can I still volunteer?
A. Yes, while all volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend the session live, we will record it and share it with those who are unable to attend.

Q. What is the time commitment for this volunteer opportunity?
A. Four to five hours (total) during April and May: this includes the training session, time spent reviewing applications on your own, a group feedback session, and a wrap-up session.

This volunteer opportunity is at capacity and registration is now closed. If you'd like to join the waitlist, please email Tracey Flower directly at tflower@accessopportunity.org. Should someone who is currently signed up drop out, people from the waitlist will be given the opportunity to register on a first-come, first-served basis.