It’s easy to make a difference.

Whether you want to help a young preschooler to identify their name or a 4th grader decode literature, or to just be a positive role model in a child’s life, Inspiring Minds will train you and match you with students who need your help. Our services are offered to Providence public school students at no cost to them or their families.
The application process to become a volunteer is straightforward; simply apply via our online volunteer management system, GivePulse. Volunteers returning for the 2018-2019 year received an email from GivePulse to claim their account. Here is the claim your account fact sheet: Give Pulse Fact Sheet

  • Upon receipt of our online application, we will review and contact you to register for an orientation session.
  • Orientation sessions are typically 2 hours at which time you must present a photo ID.
  • After clearing a standard background and reference checks, we’ll notify you about your placement. Please review our fact sheet about background checks prior to your orientation session.

Community Groups or Businesses

Community Groups or businesses are welcomed to volunteer weekly on the same day at the same time mentoring students one-on-one during breakfast or lunch hour. We start new groups with kindergartners so that they can sustain their relationship through their elementary years. Contact us today to schedule a brown-bag lunch presentation for your colleagues or community group.
Inspiring Minds will connect your group or business to participating schools for one-time events or special projects. Contact the executive director for more information.

College Students

College students who wish to tutor/mentor for experience or for credit or to satisfy a course requirement are welcome! Inspiring Minds does not supervise student teacher or clinical social work practicum.


Inspiring Minds occasionally posts internship opportunities. Please check our careers page for current openings. We will consider internship proposals. Please review our proposal guidance on the career page. Please send proposals to


Parents wishing to volunteer in their child’s classroom or to volunteer for field trips and/or special events, should contact the Family and Community Engagement Office at Providence Public Schools.

School Administrators

School Administrators should contact our Executive Director to review our menu of opportunities and to schedule an overview for faculty. We will happily present our great work at a faculty or parent meeting, during common planning time, or at professional development.

Afterschool and Community Programs

Contact Inspiring Minds to see if we can support your after school program or your community center by recruiting and supporting well-trained volunteers for your program.