Volunteer with CDI

Our students are motivated and eager to learn—particularly to explore career options and gain knowledge of the best ways to navigate the professional world. That’s where we need your help! Volunteers play a vital role in transforming our students’ lives. We offer many volunteer opportunities for individuals and corporate groups, and we’ll customize the experiences for your group.

Corporate volunteer opportunities

Host students at your workplace: We bring students to your workplace and design a program for you that may include a workshop, panel discussion or a tour. CDI staff accompanies students, provides materials and a step-by-step guide for the two hour visit. Students enjoy the opportunity to learn what you do!

Host a career or college skills workshop: Help students fine tune their skills with resume writing, college essay editing, and practicing interviewing skills. CDI staff provide materials and support for the two hour workshop and corporate groups may host at their workplace or at one of CDI’s schools. 

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Individual volunteer opportunities

Join a career panel: Share your career path and experiences. CDI hosts a range of panels throughout the year with professionals from various backgrounds.

Be a guest speaker: Join us for an hour after school to talk to students and answer their questions about a subject or area that might be of interest to them— career, hobbies, travel experiences or motivational.

Help students build college and career skills: Join one of our regularly scheduled events to help students write their resumes, practice interview skills and polish college essays. CDI staff provides materials and a step-by-step guide to facilitate discussions. 

Provide after-school homework help: Our students need help in a range of general academic subjects, from English conversation skills to basic writing and math. We are also looking for volunteers who specialize in advanced math or science. CDI staff helps volunteers with curricula and ensure that students keep tutoring appointments. 

Help students navigate a college or career fair: CDI holds five to six college and career fairs throughout the year, with 30 – 60 booths from prospective schools and employers. It can be daunting for our younger students, particularly, to know how to “work the room” and get the most out of the experience. CDI preps you and gives you questions to help guide the students.

Interested in any of our volunteer opportunities? Contact:
Andrée Lockwood
(212) 353-2010 x181