For Community Members

Requesting a Workshop, Campus Tour, Attendance at a UMass Event, or Student Speaker

To schedule a campus tour, a visit to a sporting or cultural event, or to invite Student Bridges Ambassadors to speak with your students about what it’s like to attend college, you may either download the form Here or  email ddjoyner@umass.edu with the following information well in advance of your requested date:

  • Name of your organization
  • Your name, title and contact information.
  • What you are requesting (a workshop, campus tour, attendance at an event (if so, what event?), student speakers, etc.)
  • The date(s) and time(s) you are requesting, and how flexible these dates and times are
  • The age range of the students that we will be working with
  • Other details/comments
  • Any transportation requests (Note: while we can sometimes fund transportation for your students, our funds are limited. We ask that you provide transportation if at all possible.)

Recruiting Tutor-Mentors for Your Organization

Student Bridges places tutor-mentors at partner schools and organizations in Holyoke (see the “Community Partnerships” section of this site). If you would like to recruit UMass students to work with your organization, contact the UMass Amherst Office of Community Service Learning. Their website has a section for Community Organizations, which includes adatabase of community service opportunities for college students, and a link that explains how your organization can hire Work Study students.

You may also download the guide “How to Find Students to work in Your Community Organization”, available on the website for the Five College Committee for Community Based Learning  (which includes faculty and staff from UMass Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Amherst College). If you would like additional help recruiting students or student organizations to work with your organization, contact umbridge@stuaf.umass.edu.

Becoming a Student Bridges Partner Organization

To select our partner programs, Student Bridges conducted a series of interviews with schools, UMass student groups, and community organizations to determine the partnerships that would best meet Student Bridges’ mission. However, the program is steadily growing, and we hope to be able to expand our partnerships in the future. If your organization is interested in partnering with us, contact umbridge@stuaf.umass.edu