We offer virtual opportunities to volunteer. Read more below.
Volunteering with BestPrep is a great way to make a difference in Minnesota students’ futures. Each year, more than 5,800 volunteers use their expertise to educate students on skills-based, practical experiences that prepare them for their futures. BestPrep’s volunteer opportunities are high impact, low time commitment, and take place in the Twin Cities and throughout the state of Minnesota.
All seven of our programs rely on volunteers to accomplish our mission of helping prepare students with business, career, and financial literacy skills. Scroll down to learn how you can volunteer as an individual or as a group with your company.
Volunteer as an Individual
Virtual or Classroom Speaker
Present to students on your business and career experience or areas of expertise on career or financial topics. Subjects include business concepts, career information, interview experience, saving and investing, money management, car insurance, and more. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity with a direct impact. Present through videos, in the classroom, or at BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture summer camp.
Provide one-on-one mock interviews with students during a class or at BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) camp with other volunteers.
Teacher Job Shadow Host
Volunteer with teachers for BestPrep’s Technology Integration Workshop to provide them with a job shadow experience, allowing them to learn critical and relevant workplace insight and skills to prepare students for future careers.
Volunteer virtually with the Technology Integration Workshop to present on innovative technology integration methods and best practices so teachers feel prepared to start the new school year with effective teaching strategies.
Resident Business Leader
Spend one week mentoring a group of students at our summer camp, Minnesota Business Venture (MBV). Resident Business Leaders facilitate, mentor, and lead the student “companies” for the duration of MBV.
Business Plan Judge
Attend students’ business plan presentations at Minnesota Business Venture and provide feedback to the student “companies” on specific criteria.
Read and judge student essays based on a rubric provided to you as part of BestPrep’s Stock Market Game InvestWrite Competition. Students participating are in grades 4-12.
Student Spotlight Competition Judge
Review student artwork, written word, and other creative entries in our Spotlight Competition. Students’ submissions relate to the year’s Educational Forum focus. Each volunteer judge reviews 5-10 submissions and rates them using an online rubric.
Volunteer as a Group
A small group from your organization can provide one-on-one mock interviews with students during a class or with BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture camp.
Teacher Job Shadow Host
A small group from your organization can host teachers for a job shadow during their participation at the Technology Integration Workshop in the summer.
Employees from participating companies are matched with a class of students for an 8-week online mentoring session. Students travel to your company once halfway through the program for an in-person meeting. For eMentors, groups are matched with a class of students and discuss topics relating to knowledge and skills needed for success in school, career, and life. For Cloud Coach, groups are matched with an entire 9th grade class at a Minneapolis or St. Paul Public School and focus on strengthening student motivation to graduate high school.