Mission: Our mission is to collaborate with communities and corporations to consolidate resources in order to inspire youth to continue in their educational endeavors and build upon their future careers. Back 2 School Iowa partners with organizations throughout the community to leverage educational services, scholarships, and resources.
Location: Des Moines (55 miles from Grinnell College)
Needs: The Back 2 School Bash was established in 2005. It began as an idea of four Drake students who wanted to contribute to their new found community. Our mission is to collaborate with communities/corporations and consolidate resources in order to inspire youth to continue in their educational endeavors and build upon their future careers. During this one day event, over 1500 students will walk away with school supplies. It also features local talent, sports jamboree, carnival games, face painting, photo booth, food vendors, free haircuts/styles and information from various community organizations. Volunteers would assist with registering participants, with the carnival and blowup games, distributing food, distributing the school supplies and more.
- Sponsorships and Fundraising
- Activities and Entertainment
- Sports and Outdoors
- Vendor Relations.
- One-time events: yes
- Ongoing: no
- Groups possible? Groups are welcome to help with Back 2 School Bash activities
When is service needed: Our main event, Back 2 School Bash, is in August (Sunday before school starts in the Des Moines Metro). There may be other opportunities throughout the year, but this is the biggest event.
Number of hours: For the Back 2 School Bash in August, 1-2 hours a week or more, as much or little as is possible for the volunteer
Modality: in-person only
Background check required: no
Equipment/logistics needed: Volunteers would be responsible for their own travel to Des Moines for events. If additional items are needed it would be communicated in advance.
How to apply: Apply via the website at https://www.back2schooliowa.org/volunteer
Operation information: 1 day event, Back 2 School Bash, during this one day event, over 1000 students will walk away with school supplies. It also features a talent show, basketball tournament, carnival, food vendors and information from various community organizations. Back 2 School Iowa also serves as a clearing house for local scholarships. We provide technical assistance to organizations and corporations that offer scholarships to local students. This assistance is in the form of a portal. It allow entities to upload scholarships while allowing students to apply online. We also leverage engagement with students by promoting the opportunities.
Address: Grubb YMCA 1611 11th St, Des Moines, IA 50314 (2022 current location for Back 2 School Bash, subject to change)
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