Get Involved as a College or Community Volunteer

Volunteers are a vital part of the Georgia Apply to College program and are key to the success of the events at the participating high schools. Volunteers provide assistance by:

  • Welcoming students as they arrive
  • Directing students to open computers
  • Assisting students as they navigate to the online applications on the GAcollege411.org website
  • Answering any questions students may have as they complete their application(s) for college admission
  • Sharing college experiences and helping students get excited about college
  • Ensuring students sign-out following their participation

Volunteers do not need to be experts on GAcollege411 or the college admissions process. All that is needed is an interest in helping students take the first big step towards continuing their education following high school. We provide training and a handbook to help with the rest!

Here are some comments from previous GAC volunteers:

I loved being able to help the kids and being able to have conversations that really helped them think about their future.

The students were very willing to ask questions and the volunteers were all very helpful. I loved the atmosphere, it was calm and without stress.

I enjoyed the interaction with the students. I had forgotten what it was like to fill out an application and was amazed at all the questions that would seem straight forward but aren’t actually easy to answer!… Wonderful program! Keep it going!

This event is very beneficial. I helped a student who does not have a computer at home and other students whose parents would not have helped. I am certain some students may not have applied without his event.

Overall the event was great, encouraged kids to apply when they normally may have not done so!

How to Become a Volunteer

Volunteering is as easy as these three steps:

  1. View the list of participating schools to find a school event that works with your schedule and that has requested outside volunteer assistance. Please be sure to check back as events will be added as schools confirm their participation!
    NOTE: Georgia Apply to College events take place at high schools across the state each November. Each summer, as high schools begin confirming their participation in the upcoming program, their event information is added here. If you do not presently see a link to the participating schools, please check back!
  2. Contact the school’s Georgia Apply to College Site Coordinator and let them know your interest and availability during their event. The school will then confirm your volunteer registration and provide you with more detailed information about their event. Please note that only those with participation that has been confirmed by the school should attend that school’s event.
  3. View the online Volunteer Training Video and Volunteer Handbook, both found below, prior to attending your first Georgia Apply to College event. These materials will provide you with the information you need to have a fun and rewarding volunteer experience!

Participating Schools »

Volunteer Training Video

To help volunteers prepare to provide assistance to students during the Georgia Apply to College (GAC) events, we have created a Georgia Apply to College Volunteer Training video. By watching the video, volunteers can get the information they need to have a fun and positive GAC experience. We recommend that all volunteers watch the video before participating in their first Georgia Apply to College event.

The Georgia Apply to College program is grant-funded so data collection is key to our future success. By providing the following information, you can help us continue the program in the future.

Training Video Form

Your personal information Will Not be shared with any other organizations or third parties.

High school staff/faculty/administrator
College representative
         Please specify:
Other (parent, business member, nonprofit volunteer, etc)
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NOTE: A Flash browser plug-in is required to view the training videos. Most web browsers have this plug-in by default, but you may be prompted to upgrade to a newer version. Recommended browsers for video playback are Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox 21+, Safari 4+, or Google Chrome. 

Volunteer Handbook

The Georgia Apply to College (GAC) Volunteer Handbook provides registered volunteers with information to help them have a fun and meaningful experience as a GAC volunteer. All volunteers are encouraged to review the Volunteer Handbook prior to their first GAC event. Volunteers are also encouraged to watch the online volunteer training video. Prospective volunteers are welcome to contact the GAC Team by emailing gacw@usg.edu or calling 404-962-3110 with any questions regarding the program.

GAC Volunteer Handbook

Community Involvement Materials

  • GAC Get Involved as a Volunteer Flyer
    Copies of the GAC Get Involved as a Volunteer Flyer can be made and distributed to share information about the program to potential college and community volunteers.

  • GAC High School Flyer
    Do you interact with Georgia high schools and want to encourage them to hold an event? Copies of this flyer can be made and provided to the high schools to give them basic information about the program. Alternatively, the link to the online flyer can be emailed to schools that you think might be interested.

  • GAC Volunteer Handbook
    The GAC Volunteer Handbook provides registered volunteers with information to help them have a fun and meaningful experience as a Georgia Apply to College volunteer. All volunteers are encouraged to thoroughly review the Volunteer Handbook prior to their GAC event(s) and to contact the GAC Committee (gacw@usg.edu or 404-962-3110) if they have any questions or concerns regarding their role as a GAC volunteer. Volunteers are also encouraged to participate in the online volunteer training offered in the weeks leading up to the Georgia Apply to College events.

  • College Is For Everyone Flyer
    The “College is for Everyone” flyer is a great way to spread the word about GAcollege411 and to encourage students to start thinking about continuing their education following their high school graduation. We encourage those working with groups of students or interacting with students during college access events to make the flyer available for distribution. Copies of the flyer can be ordered at no cost by emailing collegeaccessitems@usg.edu. Please specify the number of flyers needed and provide your mailing address in your email.

  • Friday Night Lights “How To” Guide
    The Friday Night College Lights “How To” Guide provides easy steps for a community group(s) or individuals to “adopt” an upcoming high school football or basketball game as the event for drawing students to the GAcollege411.org website and its many resources. It’s also a great lead-in and marketing for Georgia Apply to College events.

  • Volunteer Resources Available on GAcollege411
    The Motivational Modules found on GAcollege411 are a great way for you to help students in your community to plan for educational pursuits beyond high school. Each module is an all-inclusive packet with colorful slides, take-home guides, ice breakers, talking points and activity sheets. Users are welcome to modify the modules or select to use all or parts of the activities/material to fit the needs of the group.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of a Georgia Apply to College volunteer?

Georgia Apply to College events could not happen without the assistance of volunteers. For many students, especially first generation students, completing the application process can be confusing and even overwhelming. Volunteers play a crucial role by helping students complete and submit their online admission application(s) during an event. The assistance typically provided by volunteers includes:

  • Welcoming students as they arrive
  • Directing students to open computers
  • Assisting students as they navigate to the online applications on GAcollege411.org
  • Answering any questions students may have as they complete their application(s) for admission
  • Sharing college experiences and helping students get excited about college
  • Ensuring students sign out following their participation

How do I sign up to participate as a Georgia Apply to College volunteer?

Each summer, as high schools begin confirming their participation in the program, their high school name and event information is added to our website. Interested volunteers can find school contact information on the “Get Involved as a Volunteer” section of this site. Individuals interested in supporting a high school event should contact the school directly and speak with their Georgia Apply to College Site Coordinator to sign up.

Do I have to volunteer for the entire duration of an event?

No, many events last all day and the high schools recognize that many interested volunteers will not be able to commit to an entire day. That’s okay! Just be sure to let the high school know your availability beforehand so they can be sure they have appropriate coverage for the duration of their event.

In order to volunteer, do I need to already be familiar with the online college application process?

No, it is not necessary for prospective volunteers to already be familiar with the online college application process. On the “Get Involved as a Volunteer” section of this site, you will find both a Volunteer Training Video and a Volunteer Handbook. We encourage all volunteers to review these two items prior to attending their first Georgia Apply to College event. The most important thing volunteers do is encourage students as they work on their application!

As a volunteer, are there any training materials to help me prepare to help students as they apply?

Yes! On the “Get Involved as a Volunteer” section of this site, you will find both a Volunteer Training Video and a Volunteer Handbook. These two items have been developed to provide you with everything you need to know to have a great volunteer experience. We encourage all volunteers to review these two items before attending their first Georgia Apply to College event.

As a college admissions representative, am I allowed to recruit during the Georgia Apply to College events?

No, Georgia Apply to College is not a recruitment event. We ask that all college representatives remove their “institution hat” and help students regardless of where they may be applying. Georgia Apply to College is a great outreach opportunity as we all work together to improve the college-going rates in our state. Of course, students will have many questions about specific colleges during the events and you are welcome to answer any questions about your institution. You are also welcome to show your school pride by wearing apparel from your college!

When do Georgia Apply to College events take place?

November is designated as Georgia Apply to College month. Participating high schools set aside a day or days in November to hold their Georgia Apply to College event. Each summer, as high schools begin confirming their participation in the program, their high school name, as well as event date and time, are added to our website.

What should I do if I volunteer and find I cannot answer a question posed by a student?

That is okay! Each volunteer participating in a Georgia Apply to College event has different strengths and areas of expertise. We encourage volunteers to work together as a team to answer student questions. Also, each high school will have a Georgia Apply to College Site Coordinator, typically a member of the school’s counseling staff, on hand who can help answer questions and to troubleshoot any issues that may come up. Remember, the most important thing volunteers do during an event is encourage students not to give up or get frustrated if they run into difficulties as they work on their application.