Compete 360 counts on a dedicated group of volunteers to support our mission and our students. Listed below are a few of the ways you can help, and you can register for any volunteer position by clicking here. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-886-8233 with your own ideas for getting involved. Details about DT Philly can be found in the program overview, and this introductory video shares project examples for different grade levels.
Become a design advisor: We are looking for architects, designers, engineers, innovators, and other creative professionals or graduate students to field questions from, provide quick consultations to, or more formally mentor student design teams as they work through their DT Philly projects. Serving as a design advisor means being listed in DT Philly's Designer Directory (accessible to participants with log-in credentials) so teams can reach out to you from time to time with a question or for an outside opinion on their project. Consultations can occur in person or via email, phone, or video chat, so you can serve in this capacity even if you don't live or work nearby. The time commitment is occasional; teams will reach out to you on an as-needed basis.
Design advisors can also go a step further and serve as a team mentor who is paired with a specific high school team to support and encourage their design work. The time commitment to serve as a mentor is 2 to 4 hours each month, and DT Philly projects run from September to February. Please see the bottom of this page for the clearances you are required to obtain before serving as a team mentor.*
Assist with training and development: Participate in a teacher/student training session to help our school partners acquire the design-thinking skills and knowledge they need.
Review student projects: Encourage, support, and reward our students by joining a jury to review the students' final presentations.
Speak to a team/class during Designers-in-Schools Week (or otherwise share your skills/expertise/resources): Inspire our students by visiting a classroom and sharing what you do for our annual Designers-in-Schools Week in October! If you have other ideas about how you could help develop our program, expand our services, or support our students, we'd love to hear from you.
Become an event volunteer: Our annual Design Showcase for student projects and our fundraising events could not take place without our amazing volunteers who handle everything from pre-event preparations to event-day registration, set up, break down, photography, A/V support, and so much more.
* Philadelphia School District policy requires volunteers who have direct and ongoing contact with youth to secure the following clearances (click on each to apply online or for more information):
- Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record (online application)
- Child Abuse Report (online application)
- FBI Background Check (multi-step process...click here for instructions and registration code) Please note: If you have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years and have not been convicted of a prohibited offense, you may sign and submit this affirmation form in lieu of obtaining an FBI Background Check.
Compete 360 needs a copy of all clearances before volunteers can begin working with students (see our child protection policy for more details). Please call us at 267-886-8233 or email@example.com if you need assistance obtaining your clearances.