About the VIP program

  • The VIP Program matches community volunteers (who do not yet have a relationship with a school) with one of the district's participating VIP Schools. If, on the other hand, you are the parent, stepparent, legal guardian or grandparent of a student at the school in which you wish to volunteer, it is not necessary to join the VIP Program.  Please view the full range of volunteer opportunities
    2015 logo

    2015 First Place Winner

    National School Boards Association 

    Magna Award

    Now in their 21st year, the Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.  An independent panel of school board members, administrators and other educators selected the winners from nearly 250 submissions, and the presentation was made at NSBA's Annual Conference in Nashville on March 21, 2015.  Read the article in the American School Board Journal.

    Volunteer in Paradise! We are recruiting VIPs for the 2017-18 school year!  

    We are looking for dedicated, high-quality volunteers seeking meaningful opportunities to make a difference. Volunteer tutors are needed in all subject areas in kindergarten through grade 6. Opportunities may be available at one or more of the following elementary schools:  Arrowhead, Campo BelloDesert Shadows, Echo Mountain Primary, Hidden HillsMercury MineNorth Ranch or Sunset Canyon
    Our volunteers would recommend the VIP program to friends and family seeking volunteer opportunities.
    Our teachers report that the academic achievement of their students increases due to the additional academic intervention provided by our volunteers.
    VIP with student
    Our volunteers will
    • Work one-on-one or with small groups of children with the goal of increasing their achievement
    • Serve as caring adult role models
    • Receive professional training to prepare for working in a classroom
    • Develop a supportive working relationship with teachers
    • Become part of a school community
    • Meet new friends through continuing education seminars and socials


    • Volunteer at least one day per week for a predetermined schedule
    • Work from one to ten hours per week during school hours
    • Commit to the entire academic school year ending in May
    • Complete a fingerprint background check upon making a commitment
    • Attend the two-hour volunteer orientation and two half-days of professional training

    Would you like to learn more?

    Attend the orientation to find out whether this is the right volunteer opportunity for you. Orientations are held at the Paradise Valley Unified School District Offices on 32nd Street just south of Greenway Road, at 15002 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix 85032.

    Orientations are held once per month, with the exception of December. The last chance to join the VIP program in the 2017-18 school year is in February.

    Thursday, January 18th, from 9:00 to 11:00 am
    Wednesday, February 7th, from 9:00 to 11:00 am
    Register for the volunteer orientation online.  
    Thank you for your interest. If you have questions or require additional information contact Laurie Smith, VIP Coordinator, via email at VolunteerInParadise@pvlearners.net.