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 six 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.
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.
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.
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.