TAP Volunteer Opportunities - Get Involved!
TAP is an all-volunteer organization, so you know that, when you volunteer your time and energy, you really are making a difference and helping TAP grow by getting its message out. Our current volunteer opportunities are listed below. If any of these are of interest to you, please e-mail us at info(at)teachersagainstprejudice.org indicating which position you are interested in, why you are interested in this opportunity, and how we can contact you. We will then follow-up with you. It's that easy! In this hectic world of ours, we know that there are many important uses for your time—we thank you for choosing to work with TAPand promise that you will see your effort put to good use for many teachers, parents and students throughout the world.
Essay Contest Readers
Each year we get hundreds of essays from around the globe. In the fall we open our Annual Essay in Media Contest. From October through December, we compile these essays and get ready to read. Judging takes place starting in January. What are the requirements for this opportunity? You must be a TAP member and have a demonstrated commitment to fighting prejudice and discrimination and to supporting peer education. You also must have the time and the ability to read essays—and to "work well with others" as this is a collaborative effort. We are honored that so many young people share their thoughts, feelings, and creativity with us. We look forward to continuing to share their "teaching tools" with others.
Art Contest Judges
Each year we get student art work from around the globe. In the summer we open our Annual Elementary School Art Contest and collect digital images of the art entries. Judging takes place from October to December. What are the requirements for this opportunity? You must be a TAP member and have a demonstrated commitment to fighting prejudice and discrimination and to supporting peer education. You also must have the time and the ability to look at children's pictures—and to "work well with others" as this is a collaborative effort. You must have an appreciation for visual creativity and messages conveyed through pictures.
TAP has grown tremendously since our inception in 2000. Realistically, in order to expand to our full potential, we need a broader financial base. If you have had success in either fundraising or grant writing, have initiative and have the energy to devote to this endeavor, please let us know.
Database Development: Public and Private Educational Institutions
Many individuals, organizations and schools know of TAP as we are very good at word-of-mouth. But we would like to be able to share everything from soup to nuts (or in our case, from art and essay contests to film reviews) with public and independent schools in and out of the U.S. To accomplish this goal, we need volunteers to contact individual state departments of education and compile databases (complete with e-mail addresses and mailing labels). If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact us and help us share our resources with others.
Database Development: Celebrity Contacts
The cornerstone of TAP's work is popular media. We publish and regularly update grade-appropriate lists of films (and documentaries and books) for use in the classroom and at home—all films can be used to examine prejudice and discrimination and provide entry points for discussion. Along with this, we write and publish video guides as stand alone lesson plans or for incorporation into lesson planning. These films are the result of the work of many people—directors, producers, actors, screenwriters and, yes, studios. We need someone (or two), to develop a database, using resources at our fingertips, of contacts for these individuals in the world of film. If you are good at processing information and love movies, this is the right opportunity for you.
We like sharing our educational opportunities, initiatives and achievements. How do we do this? One of our most successful methods is through press releases and media contacts. If you have good computer skills, like to write, and believe in what TAP stands for, this is your chance to represent TAP in the larger world—locally and globally.
We at TAP are vociferous readers of magazines, newspapers and the Internet. We have a wealth of articles from periodicals ranging from the New York Times to the Honolulu Advertiser, from TIME Magazine and Newsweek to Crisis to Essence to American Indian Magazine and numerous other print media. If you like to read and to learn, are concerned about prejudice and discrimination in all its forms and, are organized, this is your chance to make a difference.