Frequently Asked Questions About Being a Volunteer Teaching Assistant (VTA)
How do Streetside volunteers get involved?
VTAs assist our teaching artists in the classroom and work one-on-one with students. Volunteers help students with everything from spelling to idea generation to story tweaking. Additional activities depend on which of two tracks fit the VTA’s interests and experience: storytelling+theater arts or digital storytelling.
Storytelling + Theatre Arts
Where and when would I be volunteering and what is the time commitment?
Our programs operate in public schools and community centers throughout San Francisco and Alameda counties during the academic year and expand to Colma, Fremont, San Rafael, and St. Helena in the summer. We will work with you to place you in a workshop that fits your scheduling and geographical preferences. Our year-round workshops begin as early as 8 am and end no later than 6 pm. Workshop start times and length vary by school or community site.
VTAs make a commitment to come to at least one workshop regularly (each week, on the same day[s] of the week). Some workshops meet more twice a week and VTAs should commit to coming to both sessions each week for the duration of the workshop (an academic quarter). Volunteers who can commit more hours to programs per week will get preference in placement.
I really want to help in programs but I am only available during weeknights and on the weekends. Do you have any programs during this time?
No. Unfortunately at this time, we do not have programs that take place after 6pm on weeknights or on the weekends. However, you can still help by checking out the opportunities on our Get Involved page. Many of these ways to help can be completed on your own time and from your own home!
How do I sign up?
Step 1: Fill out our volunteer application.
Why do I need to get fingerprinted?
Our volunteers work directly with students at school and community sites, not in the Streetside office. It is San Francisco & Oakland Unified School District's policy that all adults working directly with students on site must undergo a background check (livescan fingerprinting) and TB test, for the protection of students. All volunteers must complete the necessary paperwork before they enter the classroom.
I've already been fingerprinted for another job. Can I transfer my results to you?
No. Unfortunately, the Department of Justice does not have an option for transferring fingerprinting results between organizations. For more info about livescan fingerprinting and a list of sites that provide this service, click here.
I've submitted my application. When should I expect to hear from you?
While Streetside does accept applications throughout the year, we only fill new VTA positions in the beginning of the fall and winter quarters. If you have submitted the required documents, we will keep them on file and review them during the next round of additions.