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Community Involvement Overview

The Community Involvement Office assists Duval County Public Schools in developing strong, innovative, collaborative partnerships in the community, including with parents and families, educators, businesses, civic groups, government agencies, and community service organizations. These partnerships enhance the quality of instructional services provided to students through the use of volunteers and business partners.
Click on the program links below to learn more!

Volunteer Recruitment & Screening
Volunteers are an important part of student success in Duval County Public Schools. More than 18,000 volunteers help out in our schools each year, and the number is growing. Our office works at the district level to increase the number of volunteers in our schools in order to improve student learning. All volunteers are required to complete an application and undergo a criminal background screening conducted through our office. Approved volunteers are issued a card identifying them as an authorized volunteer. To apply to be a volunteer, click here! (PDF, 93Kb)

Business Education Partnerships
Duval County Public Schools actively promotes relationships between business people and schools for the purpose of better education. By joining this effort and becoming a business partner with a school, businesses small and large make a real difference in the quality of education provided our children. Business partnerships are unique, and are based upon the size and nature of the business, the time or resources a business had to contribute and the mutual goals of the school and business partner.
Partnerships may be formed with any school and at any grade level. We encourage you to consider selecting a school based on how much need exists so that you may realize the greatest impact for the investment of your time and resources. To learn more about forming a Business Education Partnership, click here!

Department of Education Awards
The Florida Department of Education offers many awards and special distinctions to schools that foster involvement and participation by parents, business partners, volunteers and the community at large. The awards include:

  • Parent Involvement Award,
  • Outstanding School Volunteer Award,
  • Golden School Award,
  • Silver School Award and
  • Five Star School Award.
For more information about each of these, click here!

Parent Involvement & Education
Many parents aren't sure how to support their child's learning. Through community-and school-based training classes, parents learn skills to help them encourage academic excellence in their child. Click here to visit the Parents section of our site.

School Volunteer Coordinator Training
The Community Involvement Office actively works to support school-based volunteer coordinators and volunteer liaisons by offering staff development and training, brochures and handbooks for volunteer and business partnership programs and one-on-one coaching. Volunteer Coordinators and Liaisons can click here for materials, newsletters and more information.

Community Outreach & Little Red Schoolhouse
We actively work to engage the community with the schools in their neighborhoods and the schools in which their children or family members attend. A representative from the Community Involvement Office often represents Duval County Public Schools at various community, non-profit and social functions throughout the Jacksonville area.
Our Little Red Schoolhouse program is held in late July. It brings information booths and district personnel out to various high-traffic retail locations to help answer questions and get parents, families and students ready for the new school year. If you know of an event that Duval County Schools should be a part of, give us a call at (904) 390-2960.

Community Partners in Education
Many Duval County Public School students are fortunate to receive special services from one or more child-serving agencies. These services may include mentoring, academic assistance and tutoring, mental health services, before and after school care, special field trips and outings, guest speakers/presenters, meals, and family support.
The Community Involvement Office works to ensure that the many wonderful agencies serving our schools and our students are able to collaborate effectively and efficiently with school staff, district staff and other agencies. As our Community Partners in Education, we meet regularly to share information, ideas and work collectively to address the biggest challenges facing our students today. For a listing of our non-profit agency partners, click here. To become part of this group, please call the Community Involvement Office at 390-2960.

Teen Trendsetter Reading Mentors
As part of the Governor's "Just Read Florida" initiative, the Teen Trendsetter Mentoring Program is aimed at pairing high school students with low-performing third grade students to serve as reading mentors. A specialized 40-minute mentor curriculum, developed by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, ensures teens know what to do, and when, in tutoring their third grade students. If you are, or know of, a high school student who wants to develop leadership skills while helping younger students, this is a wonderful program. For more information, please call our office.

Convergys Mentoring Program
Through a generous grant from the Convergys Corporation, and with the assistance of Kesler Mentoring Connection, Duval County Public Schools is actively seeking to increase the number of mentors serving our students. Duval County Public Schools has a tremendous need for mentors in the schools throughout the district. With a student population of 128,000, we estimate a need for up to 20,000 mentors for at-risk students in grades K-12. At present, approximately 1,200 students receive mentoring support. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, or finding out how your child can get a mentor, please call our office, or Kesler Mentoring Connection at 224-2400.

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