April 08, 2019

TGR Foundation celebrates National Volunteer Week

Students learn at the TGR Learning Lab from Volunteer
Students participating in the Expanded Learning Program receive additional support from volunteers. UCI student, Michiyo Nomoto, pictured above volunteered in the Power of Chemistry class.

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we would like to point the spotlight on the hundreds volunteers that have served alongside us since the launch of the TGR Learning Lab in 2006. Our volunteers have been crucial to our success thus far and we are grateful to each individual that has committed countless hours to our students and programs.

Volunteers have lunch at TGR Learning Lab
Volunteers from the Anaheim Union High School District Adult Transition Group took time from their schedules to lend a helping hand at the Learning Lab.

Our volunteers come from different places and stages of life. We have volunteers that are 16 years old and in high school and others that have retired and are looking for opportunities to give back to their communities. Regardless of where they come from and what backgrounds they have, our volunteers have a passion for making a change and have a lot to teach to our students and staff.

Stephanie Carlson supports our administrative staff to complete clerical assignments at the front desk.

Bringing with them different interests and areas of expertise, our volunteers help with everything from office and clerical work to golf supervision and classroom instructional assistance. On any given week, the TGR Learning Lab has the support of 10 -12 volunteers, all of whom come to work with a heart for giving back and investing into the lives of the next generation.

Student learns golf at TGR Learning Lab
Albert Maeda began volunteering in the golf program before becoming a member of the staff as a range attendant at the TGR Learning Lab. He’s pictured above assisting in the Expanded Learning Program’s Under Par golf class.

Volunteers have the opportunity to work directly with youth, serving as positive role models in their lives and influencing them to strive for success. The volunteers, along with our staff, serve as a support network for the students by expressing care, challenging growth, providing guidance, sharing power and expanding possibilities for our students–five key elements identified by the Search Institute that make relationships powerful in young people’s lives.

Girls volunteer at TGR Learning Lab
High school interns fill a variety of roles at the TGR Learning Lab to help our staff ensure success of our educational programs.

Research from the Search Institute also shows that students who experience at least one strong developmental relationship with an adult gain more resilience in the face of stress and trauma, and generally do better in all aspects of life than a student who does not have any strong developmental relationships. With these findings in mind, our volunteers work toward actively building strong relationships with our students in order to encourage and guide them be successful in all that they do.

The TGR Learning Lab is grateful for all the volunteers that have made an impact in our students’ lives and the achievement of our goals thus far. Without the dedication and thousands of hours from our volunteers, we would not be able to achieve half of what we aim to. We consider each and every volunteer to be a huge asset to our programs and we are excited to see how we continue to evolve and grow with the help of our volunteers.

Redefining what it means to be a champion.