How to Volunteer

There are multiple opportunities to volunteer in Yukon Public Schools. It does not matter if you volunteer a total of 30 minutes or all year long...your participation is valued, and it is a great way to connect with your child, other students, teachers, and staff!

Helping Hand: A Helping Hand is a volunteer that works with our teachers and at special school events. Helping Hand volunteers make copies, help with classroom projects, listen to kids read, assist with centers, help the librarian with book check in/out and with shelving books, among other things.

A Helping Hand can also sign up to help with their school's special events like Vision & Hearing screenings, Thanksgiving Lunch, Book Fair, Bingo Nights, etc.

Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students): This program has two primary goals. The first is to provide positive male role models for students, which demonstrates by their presence, that education is important. The second is to provide an extra set of eyes to enhance school security and reduce bullying. We encourage all dads, grandpas, and any male role model to volunteer some time to this program. Watch Dog Dads can help with drop off and pick up, patrolling hallways, helping with specials, visiting classrooms, playing with kids at recess, and helping out during lunch.

Mentor: A mentor is someone who spends one on one time with a student that needs extra love, guidance, and support. The student is identified by teachers and counselors. A mentor's role is to be a positive, consistent role model and help empower and motivate students to succeed. Mentors typically meet with their mentee once a week for 30 minutes. Meeting with your mentee consistently is key to a successful mentorship!

Vision & Hearing: At the beginning of the school (from September to the second week of October/Monday through Thursdays) we have volunteers that screen students' vision and hearing. All screeners will need to attend an easy 1-hour training class at the beginning of each school year to teach you how to check students' hearing and help with vision screening. Vision screeners must be state certified and will also need to attend a 4-hour certification training once every 3 years. The schedule is flexible, you may choose your days/hours you would like to help. It is possible to help with screening AND sign up to be a Helping Hand. In addition to the screeners, we need runners and spotters to help get students from classrooms, and to direct students to the next available screener.

Volunteer Packet Submission and Process

Step 1: Fill out a Volunteer Information Packet and Background Check. Below is the link to that packet.

Step 2:  Return your volunteer packet. You can email your packet, along with a copy of your photo ID, back to the Helping Hands Office (see instructions below). You can also print the packet, fill it out, then turn your packet, along with a copy of your photo ID, into your school secretary, or into the Helping Hands' office. Our office is located in the Administration Building @ 600 Maple Street.

Step 3: Your background check will be run by the Helping Hands' office and is completely confidential! Once your background check is cleared, we will pass your information on to the school coordinator to contact you. If you do not pass the background check, you will receive a certified letter in the mail. 'We will not run your background check without your photo ID, so be sure to include it in your packet!

Step 4: Your preferences will be reviewed (i.e. where you want to volunteer/what you want to do) and either our office or one of our Helping Hand Coordinators will be in contact with you via email (check spam folder) or phone call.

Yukon Public School Volunteer Application Packet  (click on link)

Instructions on how to submit the packet back to the Helping Hands office via Email: 1.) Download the YPS Volunteer Application Packet & Background Check to your computer. 2.) Fill out the editable PDF Form. 3.) Save the pdf file to your computer. 4.) Email the pdf file, along with a copy of your photo id, to

We look forward to working with you and appreciate the fact that you have chosen to spend some of your time volunteering in our schools! As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call Dianna Mann, District Volunteer Coordinator, at 354-3716.