Become a Volunteer Coach/Tutor at
Portland Tennis & Education
Looking for a fun and meaningful way to impact the lives of children? Become a PT&E Coach/Tutor! You'll provide encouragement and positive reinforcement on the tennis court and in our classrooms, helping scholar athletes improve their fitness levels, complete homework, and sharpen their academic skills. No tennis experience required.
Programs You Can Volunteer In
Serving Up Success Summer Program
June - August
Mon-Thurs from 9am-4pm
Scholar Athletes participate in fitness, tennis, academic projects, and field trips to keep their mind and bodies active during the summer.
SUN School Program
September - June
Mon & Fri from 2pm-5pm
Students from partner non-profit programs at local elementary schools come to PT&E for tennis, fitness, and learning activities in 8 to 10 week sessions.
Youth go on hikes and trips in Oregon's wilderness to learn about the environment and how to make the outdoors a part of their lives.
September - June
Tue, Wed, & Thurs from 2pm-6pm
Scholar Athletes who are enrolled year-round program, engage in fitness, tennis, homework, and enrichment activities.
September - June
Occasionally, we have students who need additional assistance in one or multiple subjects, so we provide one-on-one tutoring outside of program hours.
We can always use help with marketing, data, inventory, and much more, if this is where your skills and preference lie.
Who You Will Be Volunteering With
PT&E serves 70 incredibly diverse and resilient youth in kindergarten to 12th grade. Ninety-seven percent of our youth are people of color and 83% are bilingual. They come from families that are extremely hardworking with the vast majority working multiple jobs and/or long shifts. The families are also are dedicated to the success of their children and many (82%) immigrated to the US to pursue more opportunities for their children to thrive. However, our North Portland community faces a variety of systemic challenges, including increasing living costs, a high poverty rate, and low-performing schools. Two-thirds of students at our neighborhood elementary and middle schools fail to meet reading and math standards. These early deficiencies culminate in a dismal on-time graduation rate at Roosevelt, the local high school, which had only a 73% on-time graduation rate in 2017. The neighborhood poverty rate is also much higher than the city’s average, and all of our families have qualified for Free & Reduced Lunch, a federal indicator of low-income households. PT&E’s goal is to help our families overcome these disparities by providing tools and a community of support for them to succeed.
In addition to the 70 kids in our year-round program, PT&E reaches over 1,600 youth & their families with community partnerships and events that make tennis and educational opportunities more accessible.
Your Role When Volunteering
Be a positive role model! Help our Scholar Athletes succeed by modeling good behavior and sportsmanship both on the court and in the classroom. You are expected to uphold PT&E’s core values and help instill them in the Scholar Athletes through positive encouragement, participation in peace circles, and through leading by example.
Make learning fun and engaging in the classroom! You will assist students with homework and help staff lead writing, reading, math, and science projects in the classroom.
We have four classrooms divided by age: Penguins (Kindergarten-1st Grade), Chimpanzees (2nd-3rd grade), Elephants (4th grade-6th grade), and Cheetahs (7th grade & up). You will be assigned to a classroom, depending on your preference, our needs, and your tennis ability.
Provide encouragement on the tennis court and help Scholar Athletes improve their skills! You will assist tennis pros with tennis activities and games, including feeding balls, playing in with kids, and monitoring behavior.
No tennis experience is required, but all volunteers are expected to participate on the court.
How To Apply
1. Complete the Volunteer Application
2. Fill out all necessary paperwork and email the signed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Complete a Volunteer Training
Once you complete the Volunteer Application, the Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you to schedule a training to go over our program, policies, and procedures.
4. Begin volunteering!
For questions about volunteering or to update your schedule please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com