The Yellowstone Academy Volunteer Council
Yellowstone thrives on the support of our community. The Academy partners with hundreds of volunteers each year to enrich our students' education. Our students and staff take great joy in welcoming you to our campus to serve as tutors, mentors, and community/corporate sponsors. Your work ensures that Yellowstone’s students will achieve educational excellence.
Whether you are looking for individual opportunities or a team building opportunity, Yellowstone provides the possibility for either. The following committees offer an engaging way for you and/or your organization to connect your strengths with Yellowstone's most pressing needs.
- Student Activities Committee
The Student Activities committee helps plan exciting events throughout the school year that enhance our students’ learning.
- Spiritual Life Committee
Are you passionate about engaging students in a deep and vital faith life? Consider joining the Spiritual Life committee.
- Academic Support Committee
Volunteers on the Academic Support committee come alongside the important work our teachers are doing in the classroom including one-on-one and group tutoring.
- Hospitality Committee
The Hospitality committee organizes events that welcome people to Yellowstone’s campus.
- Campus Beautification Committee
This committee coordinates campus cleanup and enhancement projects throughout the year.
- Auxiliary Committee
If you just love to show up and serve, then the Auxiliary committee is the place for you.
Yellowstone Academy is blessed to have team of energetic, dedicated volunteers who serve through various opportunities. Volunteering is a fabulous way to make a difference in a child's life, and we have weekly, monthly, and periodic opportunities - something to fit most schedules.
Connect with students
- Classroom volunteers
- Weekly commitment
- Reading or math tutors for one-on-one support
- Matched with a student to eat lunch monthly together on campus; Mentors develop a relationship with specific student and provide extra encouragement.
National studies show that students who are mentored:
- Increase their grades by 59%
- Increase their aspirations & goals by 79%
- Are 52% less likely to be absent from school
- Have noticeably stronger communication skills than their peers who are not mentored
- Shelf books
- Manage database
- Read or help students with library skills
Field Trip Chaperones
- Christmas & End-of-Year classroom parties
- Parent Open House and Field Day
- Teacher projects
- Monthly teacher/staff appreciation luncheons
Shepherd a Child
Yellowstone’s Shepherd-A-Child Program is designed to support the growth of our students outside the walls of our classrooms. Shepherds will serve as mentors, encouragers, role models, and friends.
Students at Yellowstone Academy will undoubtedly receive a first class education, but that is not enough. They must also learn the habits and practices of a responsible citizen: character, responsibility, and self-reliance. These habits and practices are best learned through observation of people who demonstrate them in their lives.
Yellowstone Academy exists to bring about radical change in life prospects. The Shepherd-A-Child program is a central part of how we hope to reach that change.
Shepherds commit to meeting with their child at least once a month. The visit may entail something as simple as going out for a meal or to the park, or may include a trip to a museum or sporting event, or a visit to one’s place of business. The goal is enrichment – to show children a larger slice of the world he lives in. This will best be accomplished by establishing a relationship of trust; children benefit from the Shepherd’s interest in her life.
Shepherds help introduce Yellowstone students to the larger world around them.
The Shepherd-A-Child Program is administered in cooperation with Houston churches. You must be an active member of a local Christian church in order to be a shepherd.
If you have any questions or would like to become a Shepherd, please contact:
(713) 741-8000 ext. 303
Y-Connect is Yellowstone Academy’s Graduate Mentor Program designed to continually connect our eighth grade graduates with educational, spiritual, social, and practical resources they need to succeed in high school and beyond.
Currently, 62 Yellowstone graduates are attending various magnet, private, charter, and neighborhood high schools throughout Houston. With the support of their Yellowstone family and Y-Connect Mentors and Volunteers, these students will graduate from high school prepared to further their education at a college or university, enter the workforce, and become leaders in their community.
The best way to get involved serving the graduates of Yellowstone is to become a Y-Connect Mentor. Similar to our Shepherd Program, Y-Connect Mentors establish a personal relationship with a high school student for a minimum of one year. Mentors agree to meet with their teen(s) a minimum of once a month and connect with them by text, phone, social media, or email once a week. The visit may entail something as simple as going out for a meal, helping with a school project, shopping for a high school dance, attending a sporting event, or a visit to one’s place of business. These visits, along with the weekly contact, allow Mentors to have a positive influence on their teen’s life and offer encouragement and support for navigating high school.
A Mentor may be a single person or a family, but must be an active member of a Christian church. Whatever the specific circumstances of the Mentor, the teen will benefit from seeing responsible Christian people interacting with each other and exhibiting the habits and practices that lead to successful lives.
Additional volunteer opportunities within the Y-Connect Program include:
- Assisting with transportation to Y-Connect activities and community service events
- Academic mentoring after school, including ACT practice and preparation for college
- Organizing a group to create motivational gift bags for students during exams
- Being a part of the Y-Connect Prayer Team
- Providing Administrative assistance
- And much more!
If you have questions about Y-Connect or would like to get involved, please contact:
Kim Hansen, Program Advancement