The Digital Harbor Foundation was formed in 2011 and is dedicated to the goal of fostering a culture of innovation, technological advancement and entrepreneurship in the greater Baltimore area through after-school and local outreach programs. Volunteers are a vital part of the Digital Harbor Foundation community providing another level of support as Programmatic Volunteers, Volunteer Mentors, Tech Coaches, and Event Volunteers. Digital Harbor Foundation is a wonderful community in which to explore, learn, grow, and work.
In order to be a volunteer at Digital Harbor Foundation, you must be at least 18 years old, submit an application, attend an interview, go through a background check and attend a orientation/training.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Programmatic Volunteer: The Programmatic Volunteer’s role is to support youths in our regularly scheduled after-school programs. All volunteers will be able to see a full calendar of scheduled programs and RSVP to attend individual program sessions as available. After school programs run from 3pm-6pm, Monday through Friday, and volunteer shifts will run from 4pm-6pm on most all days. Programmatic Volunteers will work along side DHF program staff to support youth effort while exploring technology and maker activities. The position allows all interested volunteers the opportunity to work along side and support the DHF youth while keeping a flexible, as available, schedule. No specific technical skills required.
2) Tech Coach: The role of a tech coach is to help students along with their technical projects. The tech coach should have a tech background and be comfortable learning new technologies. Although no specific experience is required, this role should be able to adapt to any topic the youth wants to learn. You don’t need to know more than the youth in the topic, you just need to be able to help them find the answers and guide them.
3) Volunteer Mentor: The role of a volunteer mentor is to guide the youth along the path to reaching the goals they have set for themselves. You will advise them on their goals and help them overcome non-technical obstacles along the way. You will be an intermediary between the youth and the DHF staff to help us identify resources (people and technology) that the youth would benefit from having in the space. We ask that Volunteer Mentors be able to commit to at least 6 months in this position.
In return for your contributions, we offer an amazing work environment, rewarding contact with youth, networking opportunities to socialize with like-minded volunteers. Additionally we offer participant recognition events, training and enrichment sessions to expand your skills and enhance your abilities.
Free parking is available. Please first stop by the Tech Center and pick up a parking pass from us. You are then welcome to parking in the Fed Hill Prep School parking lot located on the same block as the Tech Center, at 137 E. Hamburg St.
1) Application: Prospective volunteers are required to complete an application form for consideration in the volunteer program.
2) Interview: Prior to being assigned or appointed to a position, all volunteers will be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for, and interest in, a position. The interview will offer the opportunity to learn more about the prospective volunteer, and give the prospective volunteer the opportunity to learn more about the organization. Volunteers will also be given the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the position.
3)Background Check: Once prospective volunteer passes the interview, they will be contacted with details on the Background Check process.
4)Orientation/Training: All volunteers will receive a general orientation on the nature and purpose of the agency, all pertinent policies and procedures, and to the work to which the volunteer has been assigned. Volunteers will receive specific training to provide them with the information and skills necessary to perform their volunteer assignment.
Want to know more? Have questions? Contact the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator!