School of Education

Student Volunteers/Mentors

ClemsonLIFE and volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer Tutor: Academic activities include helping students with their course assignments, assisting with assignment organization or time management, utilizing computer lab time to access the Internet for information specific to a course project, or other aspects of academic life the students may struggle with.

Activity Buddy: There are many options available to the ClemsonLIFE Buddy on campus such as concerts or plays at the Brooks Center, various sporting events, or different interest groups available that would be meaningful to the ClemsonLIFE students. The objective is to help facilitate the ClemsonLIFE™ students’ understanding and participation in regular campus activities. On- or off-campus clubs and organizations are another great way to get ClemsonLIFE students involved with campus life, student government, and community projects. Many of these students already play musical instruments and have other skills and abilities they can share. This is a great opportunity for relationships to begin, and for social skills to be modeled and learned. Students may have particular interests or may not seem to have a preference.

Lunch or Dinner Buddy: ClemsonLIFE students will have meal plans and will eat lunch and dinner on campus most days. Clemson students, individually or in a small group, are encouraged to adopt a meal on a particular day of the week to serve as LUNCH or DINNER BUDDIES for one or both of these meals. Eating with peers is always a welcomed activity and prompts relationships to occur spontaneously. This is a good chance for the ClemsonLIFE students to be part of a “real college experience.” A program Paw Points card is provided to purchase meals for lunch and dinner buddies.

Workout Buddy: It is always a fun option to have a workout partner. ClemsonLIFE students have a scheduled workout time each day and need workout buddies to help them with their personal workout goals. Many have participated in athletics and may play tennis, swim, or ride bikes.

Creative Inquiry Opportunities:

ClemsonLIFE students with instructorClemsonLIFE: Mentoring Program: Sign up for ED 397, section 018 under Elizabeth Gorman for this course. You will receive 1 hour of credit and will work with the ClemsonLIFE staff on analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of your ClemsonLIFE student and assisting in setting goals and monitoring progress in developing employment and independent living skills. LIFEmentors are central to the program and reflect the primary mode for inclusion within the Clemson University community. Mentors will also provide support for the successful inclusion in traditional college classes and activities. Students in all majors are encouraged to sign up. Participation in a hands-on research class of this nature would be an impressive addition to a resume for any major.

ClemsonLIFE: Nutrition and Healthy Cooking: Sign up for FD SC 450, section 019 under Rita Helena for this course. You will receive 1 hour of credit and assist the program by providing instruction, support, and accountability in the areas of nutrition and physical fitness. People with disabilities typically have a high occurrence of obesity and diabetes due to a sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices. This group will help the students explore healthy eating and cooking options along with physical fitness to support them in achieving their ultimate goal of successful independent living. Participation in a hands-on research class of this nature would be an impressive addition to a resume for any major.

Paid Positions:

Independent Living Assistant: We try to provide our program ILAs with one weekend off per month. In this case, we need Alternate ILAs to take over on these weekends. Alternate ILAs will be provided a $100 stipend per weekend to cover an apartment. These positions require the Alternate ILA to participate in weekend activities and reside with the students on Friday and Saturday nights. This is a great way to spend time with the students and engage in social activities with them. 

If you would like to volunteer with the program contact us at or you can reach us by telephone at 864-656-0501.