School of Education

Student Volunteers/Mentors

ClemsonLIFE and volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer Tutor: Academic tutoring consists of: 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.

Classroom Assistant: The ClemsonLIFE classroom is a vitally important place for our students. What happens in the classroom sets the foundation for our students’ education and development as independent individuals. Classroom Assistants are an invaluable resource to our students and educational specialists. Classroom Assistants responsibilities include: helping instructors with group activities, providing one-on-one classroom instruction to certain students, assisting students in completing in-class assignments/activities, and assisting students with in-class organization and time management.

Activity Buddy: The objective of the Activity Buddy is to help facilitate the ClemsonLIFE students’ understanding and participation in regular campus activities. There are many options available 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. On or off-campus clubs and organizations such as fraternities or sororities, student government, and community projects are some more great ways for ClemsonLIFE students to get involved. Many of our students already play musical instruments and have other skills and abilities they want to be able to 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 be completely open to trying new things!

Lunch or Dinner Buddy: 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.” 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.

Workout Buddy: 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. Workout Buddies go through the workouts with ClemsonLIFE students to push, encourage, and motivate them to reach their fitness goals.

ClemsonLIFE studentsCreative Inquiry Opportunities:

ClemsonLIFE: Mentoring Program: 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. In order to participate, register for ED 3970, section 018 under Erica Walters and Joseph Ryan. You will receive 1 - 4 hours 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.  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: 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.

In order to participate, register for FDSC 4500, section 019 under Elliot Jesch. You will receive 2 hours of credit and assist the program by providing instruction, support, and accountability in the areas of nutrition and physical fitness. 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 clemsonlifevolunteer@g.clemson.edu or you can reach us by telephone at 864-656-0501.