Volunteer to be a part of the global success of P-TECH

By | 1 minute read | August 9, 2020

Even though the volunteer opportunities described in this article are primarily for IBM employees and retirees, P-TECH invites all to participate in helping its students. Other interested volunteers should contact P-TECH to understand how they can help.

IBM employees and retirees can now apply  (login required) to be a part of P-TECH, the innovative education model where students earn both a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year post-secondary degree in a STEM field.

With schools in over 25 countries around the world, P-TECH now has opportunities available for volunteers including virtual mentor, career coach, internship supervisor and moreThe volunteer assignments could begin as soon as fall 2020, depending on how individual P-TECH schools decide to address in-person and online classes in light of COVID-19. In some circumstances, virtual support from volunteers can fill a vital need to help students return to their studies.

“As a 17-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, I’m not letting anything dampen my ambition—not even a global pandemic,” said Selah Bah in a blog post  she wrote as a P-TECH graduate this year.

IBM also recently announced the creation of 1,000 paid internships for P-TECH students   in the United States—a ten-times incremental increase from the most recent internship goals.

Be a guide on a student’s journey

IBM employees and retirees can login to the IBM volunteer porta to learn more about P-TECH, read about the mentoring and volunteering opportunities and complete the survey indicating your interest in helping.

Here’s what you can be a part of: watch a short P-TECH graduation video (1:56).

IBM volunteers can now play an important role in the journey of worthy students. As Rashid Davis, the principal for the P-TECH school in Brooklyn, New York, told his graduating students, “Your journeys are not your journeys alone—you are part of a global network.”

Visit the IBM portal to volunteer (login required) or visit P-TECH for general information about the program.