Compete 360 counts on a dedicated group of volunteers to support our mission and our students. Below are a few of the ways you can help. You can register for any of the positions listed below by selecting the appropriate heading or 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 (visible to participants with log-in accounts) 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 via email, phone, or video chat, so there is no need to live or work nearby to serve in this capacity. The time commitment is occasional, as teams will reach out to you on an as-needed basis. You may hear from a team at any point during the school year. Design advisors can also go a step further and serve a team mentor, meaning you are paired with a specific high school team to support and encourage their design work. The time commitment to serve as a mentor for a high school team is 2 to 4 hours per month, and DT Philly projects run from September to February. Team mentors should be able to visit their team at least once over the course of the students' project. Click here for more details about how you can support our student designers, and please see the bottom of this page for clearances required to work with youth.*
Assist with training and development: Participate in a teacher/student training and development session to help our school partners acquire the skills they need to complete a fun and successful DT Philly project.
Review student projects: Encourage, support, and reward our students by joining a panel to provide positive feedback and constructive comments to teams when they present their final projects.
Share your skills/expertise/resources: If you have a skill, expertise, or resource that you are willing to share to help develop our program, expand our services, or support our students, we'd love to hear from you.
Become an event volunteer: The students' DT Philly Challenge presentations and our fundraising events could not take place without our amazing event volunteers who handle everything from pre-event preparations to event-day registration, set up and break down, photography, A/V support, and so much more.
* Philadelphia School District policy requires all volunteers working directly 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)
Effective July 25, 2015, Governor Tom Wolf waived the fees for volunteers to obtain the Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record and the Child Abuse Report. 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.