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Volunteering with BestPrep is a great way to make a difference in Minnesota students’ futures. Each year, more than 5,000 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.

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Mock Interviewer

Provide one-on-one mock interviews with students during a class or at BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture camp with other volunteers.

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Teacher Job Shadow Host

Volunteer with teachers for BestPrep’s Technology Integration Workshop to provide them with a half-day job shadow, allowing them to learn the most important and relevant topics to prepare students for future careers.

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Technology Presenter

Up with the latest tech? Volunteer at the Technology Integration Workshop to present on innovative technology and workplace skills for teachers to take back to the classroom and model for students.

Resident Business Leader

Spend a week living on a college campus and mentor a group of students at Minnesota Business Venture. Resident Business Leaderss facilitate, mentor, and lead the student “companies” during the week at MBV.

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Business Plan Judge

Watch students’ business plan presentations at Minnesota Business Venture and provide feedback to the student “companies” on specific criteria.

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Essay Judge

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.

Volunteer as a Group

Mock Interviewer

A small group from your organization can provide one-on-one mock interviews with students during a class or at BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture camp.

Teacher Job Shadow Host

A small group from your organization can host teachers for a half-day job shadow during their participation at the Technology Integration Workshop in the summer.

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Online Mentor

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.

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