Parent Volunteers: the Heart of NCP!
Northside loves parent volunteers! Volunteering is an easy way to positively impact your student’s Northside experience and a great way to meet other engaged parents, administration, faculty and staff. Parents are welcome and needed in so many areas, including fundraising, chaperoning dances and field trips, providing refreshments for school events, working on our new student/parent database, welcoming college admissions officers – the list goes on!
We hope you can find a volunteer opportunity that fits your interests. Please visit our Committees page to learn more. Friends of Northside asks every family to contribute 10 hours to Northside each year. Please indicate your interests in your FON Connect profile.
Volunteer Opportunity Examples
- Back to School Dance Chaperones
- Open House for Prospective Student
- Soliciting Items for the Silent and Live Auctions associated with the Spring Benefit
Contact Friends of Northside here or simply look for sign ups in the weekly FON emails!
New freshman parents, we encourage you to join us!
CPS Volunteer Requirements
According to CPS policy, anybody who is going to be in contact with students must be approved as a CPS volunteer. There are two levels of volunteers, Level 1 and Level 2.
Level II Volunteers
(This process can be completed in a day & is required even of volunteers for Friends of Northside events)
A fingerprint criminal background check is not required for Level II Volunteers.
A Level II Volunteer is:
|A parent providing supervised volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for less than 10 hours/week;
|Any individual providing volunteer service for less than 5 hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled;
|An individual providing incidental volunteer service with no ongoing individualized interaction with a student(s) including those who speak at a class/assembly, judge academic competitions, give musical performance, participate in the “Principal for a Day” program, job shadowing event or other one-time event provided where there is direct supervision of the activity/event by regular school employees;
|A parent accompanying his/her child’s class on a one-day field trip or another type of extracurricular activity that does not involve an overnight stay;
|An individual providing volunteer service on projects/activities involving no or nominal contact with children (home-based volunteer activities, volunteers serving at Central or Network office).
Level I Volunteers
(Please allow 8-12 weeks for the entire process)
A fingerprint criminal background check is required for all Level I Volunteers.
A Level I volunteer is:
|A parent providing volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for 10 or more hours/week;
|An individual providing volunteer service for 5 or more hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled;
|Any individual chaperoning an overnight school-sponsored trip, regardless of the hours/week that the volunteer serves (See also the Student Travel Policy).
Assistant Principal Kaitlin O’Hare is Northside’s Volunteer Coordinator. After applying to become a volunteer, you must visit the school and show Ms. O’Hare your ID, so she can approve you to move forward in the volunteer process. For Level II volunteers, that is the only step you must take. For Level 1, you will receive further instructions from CPS.
Join the Spring Benefit Team
The Spring Benefit is NCP’s major spring fundraiser. Get involved, get to know NCP staff and parents, and make a profound impact on Northside College Prep.
When is the Spring Benefit?
FON holds a annual Spring Benefit in March of each year.
What’s the time commitment for the team?
Planning meetings start in September and continue through March. Many opportunities exist to volunteer in various capacities. All help is appreciated!
Visit the Spring Benefit page for additional information.
Do You Have a Career You’re Passionate About?
Are you willing to share your knowledge with NCP students?
Teachers are looking for parents to speak about their profession in a classroom setting. Click here to add your name to a roster that we’ll pass along to our teacher representatives.