Dear Community & District Volunteer:
One behalf of the staff of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, I would like to extend our appreciation for your dedication to improving the academic achievement, career and social-emotional potential of our students. Hope Makers play an important and valuable role in our District. Students, teachers, staff, parents and the community benefit from the work of individuals like you who freely share their talents and resources for the benefit of our students.
Being a Hope Maker wishing to devote a portion of his or her time to one of the most important resources in this community- our schools. We want you to get the most out of your Hope Maker experience. Whether you commit one hour a week, one day a week, or commit to a couple of hours, your efforts enhance the lives of our students K-12.
Hope Makers help in many different ways such as mentoring, tutoring, home visits, 3rd grade reading, Back to School Nights, Chronic Attendance Walks, Graduations, Kindergarten Reading, Positive Home Visits, site and District registration assistance, Pathway Advisory Boards, and many other positive rewarding opportunities to enhance the lives of our students. Your investment of time makes a difference for kids. On behalf of all stakeholders in our San Bernardino City Unified School District Family, “We appreciate all that you give to improve the quality of education for our students.”
If you would like to be a part of the SBCUSD Hope Maker Program, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (909) 381-1294.
Principal of Assignment
Community Engagement Office, San Bernardino City Unified School District
- Organizational Background
- Job Description
- Application Process
- General Policies
- SBCUSD Employee Guidelines for Participation
- Confidentiality Agreement
SBCUSD Mission Statement
The mission of SBCUSD, the leading expert in human learning, is to ensure all students, cradle to career, develop the knowledge, skills, and proficiencies required for college, career, civic, and economic success by inspiring and engaging them in a system distinguished by:
- High expectations for student and staff performance
- Vital partnerships with families, community, and employers
- Culturally proficient schools
- Learning experiences beyond traditional boundaries of where and when
- Safe, respectful, and welcoming environments
Community Engagement Plan Statement of Beliefs
Every person has value and deserves to realize full potential. Learning liberates the mind, the heart, and the spirit and instills hope. Relevance inspires motivation and excellence. Emotional, psychological, and physical well-being is significant in the pursuit of life, learning, and happiness. Cultural proficiency leads to equity and removes barriers to opportunity. Strong interpersonal relationships based in trust empower individuals and communities. Individuals and communities thrive in environments of mutual respect, value, and worth.
SBCUSD Hope Maker Vision Statement
San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Hope Maker Program envisions a community in which resilient students experience nurturing interpersonal relationships and support to reach their full academic, career and social-emotional potential.
SBCUSD Hope Maker Mission Statement
The mission of San Bernardino City Unified District’s Hope Maker Program is to provide students in our community with an individualized web of support to empower them to make positive life choices to maximize their full academic and social potential.
The Hope Makers Program of San Bernardino City Unified School District helps to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The Hope Maker program uses adults to commit to supporting various established activities in our district. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about our youth, the Hope Maker can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals. This is a volunteer position with no monetary compensation for time or travel.
Hope Maker Role
- Serve as a positive Role Model
- Complete the activity you volunteered to attend
- Build self -esteem and motivation in all students you meet as a Hope Maker
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be willing to adhere to all SBCUSD policies and procedures
- Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments to the specific Hope Maker event you signed up for
- Attend Hope Maker training in needed for the event
- No record of felony conviction or requirement to register as a sex offender under California Law (Penal Code 290)
- No use of illicit drugs
- No use of alcohol or controlled substances during any Hope Maker Event
- Willing Listener
- Encouraging and supportive
- Patient and flexible
- Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
- Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individuals
- Satisfaction in helping students mature, progress, and achieve goals
Interest and Screening Process
- Criminal history check: state, child abuse and neglect registry, sexual offender registry
- Complete the SBCUSD Volunteer Application through Raptor System
- Pass a TB Screening
- Immediately upon arrival, Hope Makers will sign in at the main office or the designated sign-in station using the SBCUSD Raptor System, volunteer section.
- Hope Makers will follow all policies, procedures and other rules established in the District and all applicable laws.
- Hope Makers must wear the appropriate identification badge and will show volunteer identification whenever required by the school site or District office to do so.
- Hope Makers must follow the appropriate dress code applicable to staff.
- Hope Makers cannot smoke in any SBCUSD facility or on SBCUSD property.
- Hope Makers will not lend money to or bring gifts to students unless authorized by the school principal or designee and the Hope Maker Principal on Assignment, Kenneth Martinez.
- Hope Makers will not transport students unless the appropriate paperwork has been filled out and approved and never transport a student alone.
- Hope Makers will not have access to student educational records. All Hope Makers will sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
- Hope Makers will not photograph or videotape students unless authorized by the principal or designee and the Hope Maker Principal on Assignment, Kenneth Martinez.
- Hope Makers will not dress, change diapers, provide personal hygiene assistance or supply medication to students.
- Hope Makers should not exchange telephone numbers, home addresses, email addresses or any other home directory information with students for any purpose unless it is required as part of your role as a Hope Maker and approved by school principal or designee and the Hope Maker Principal on Assignment, Kenneth Martinez.
- Hope Makers will use universal precautions to avoid contact with body fluids approved by SBCUSD.
- Hope Makes will only use adult designated restrooms.
- Hope Makers can monitor student behavior; however, if a situation is serious, the Hope Maker should seek immediate assistance from school personnel.
- Hope Makers will not discriminate against or harass any person and will report all harassment or discrimination observed, in accordance with District policy.
- Hope Makers will not search students or student property.
- Hope Makers will not direct a student to remove an emblem, insignia, or garment, including a religious emblem, insignia or garment. If the Hope Maker believes a student’s clothing is disruptive or promotes disruptive behavior, the Hope Maker will contact the school principal or designee and the Hope Maker Principal on Assignment, Kenneth Martinez.
- Hope Makers must report suspected cases or abuse or neglect to the school administrator or professional staff approved by school principal or designee and the Hope Maker Principal on Assignment, Kenneth Martinez.
- The Hope Maker staff will provide appropriate training for all Hope Makers.
- All Hope Maker work is done under the direction of the Hope Maker staff. Hope Makers must comply with the sign-in procedures (Raptor System) at the school site. Hope Makers do not receive compensation or employee benefits except Worker’s Compensation as provided for in Labor Code Section 3364.5.
Procedures for Hope Makers are as follows:
- Fill out a SBCUSD Volunteer Application Form using our Raptor system at https://www.sbcusd.com/parent_resources/volunteering
- Provide a state-issued driver’s license/ID card, or a Consular Identification Card (CID) issued by the Country of origin, or a passport
- Criminal History Report:The SBCUSD District Police will complete a background check for all Hope Makers. The report will be reviewed for any criminal arrests, violations or offenses and the application approved or disapproved at the discretion of the School Police Chief and/or Human Resources Division. The approval process takes from 5-7 days, and an email with final results decisions will be sent to the Principal on Assignment, Kenneth Martinez.
- Provide a Tuberculosis Clearance Card to the Community Engagement Office:
You may get a TB Clearance from your private physician or the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. Skin testing for tuberculosis is offered at Department of Public Health clinics throughout the County. You may call (800) 722-4777 for an appointment and information on clinic locations. The cost for the skin test is $20. Cost could change depending on local circumstances.
Procedures for Returning Hope Makers
Returning Hope Makers that have tested negative for TB must have on file with the District, a certificate showing that within the last four years, the person has been examined and has been found to be free of communicable tuberculosis in accordance with Education Code 49406 (Education Code 45106, 45347, 45349, 49406 and Health & Safety Code 121545).
All returning Hope Makers shall complete a new application each school year and will need to renew a criminal history check with District Police and Human Resources.
Use of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, and Firearms Policy: It is the policy of the Hope Maker Program to prohibit and discourage the use of drugs, alcohol, and firearms. Hope Makers are prohibited from using drugs or alcohol or possessing firearms while engaged in a Hope Maker activity. Any suspected violations should be reported to the Principal on Assignment, Kenneth Martinez, for investigation.
Alcoholic Beverages: No participant of the Hope Maker Program will possess or consume beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages while actively engaged or prior to actively engaging in any Hope Maker activity, nor shall any participant endorse the use of alcohol or illicit drugs.
Drugs: No participant of the Hope Maker Program will manufacture, possess, distribute, or use any illegal substance while engaged in any Hope Maker activity or otherwise.
Tobacco/Vaping/Marijuana: The intent of Hope Maker Program is to create a smoke- and tobacco-free environment. To that end, smoking and the use of all tobacco products is prohibited on the premises of Hope Maker Program events and those involved with the program must refrain from the use of such products while engaged in any Hope Maker activity. The use of tobacco products includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, marijuana, vape pen, or other matters or substances that contain tobacco/nicotine.
Weapons, Firearms, and Other Dangerous Materials: The possession or use of firearms, firecrackers, explosives, toxic or dangerous chemicals, or other lethal weapons, equipment, or material while participating in Hope Maker activities is strictly prohibited.
Any violation of this policy will result in the immediate suspension and/or termination of your involvement in being a Hope Maker. In addition, violations of this policy may result in notification being given to legal authorities that may result in arrest or legal action, and may be punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.
The Board of Education maintains a drug and alcohol-free workplace. In accordance with law, all employees shall render service without using, possessing, being impaired by or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs (BP4112.41Personnel).
The Board prohibits any person other than authorized law enforcement or security personnel from possessing weapons, imitation firearms, or dangerous instruments of any kind in school buildings, on school grounds or buses, or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity away from school, or while going to or coming from school (BP 5131.7, cf. 3515.3) .
These policies would extend to all service providers, to include Hope Makers.
Unacceptable Behavior Policy
A number of behaviors are regarded as incompatible with Hope Maker Program goals, values, and program standards and therefore are considered unacceptable and prohibited while participants are engaged in Hope Maker activities:
Any unacceptable behavior, as specified but not limited to the above, will result in a warning and/or disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension or termination from participation in the Hope Maker program or legal action. All unacceptable behavior should be reported to the Principal on Assignment, Kenneth Martinez, for investigation.
Hope Maker Mentor
The guidelines listed below pertain to District employees who volunteer in the San Bernardino City Unified School District Hope Maker Mentor program for the 2020-2021 school year.
- The guidelines apply to both permanent Classified and Certificated employees. Classified or Certificated substitutes will not be allowed to participate in the program.
- The Hope Maker Mentor program is a voluntary participant program without monetary compensation.
- Hope Maker Mentors will not accrue overtime or compensatory time towards their permanent Classified/Certificated position.
- Program volunteers will not be eligible to receive district mileage reimbursement
- District Cell Phone allowance will not be granted for this program.
- Participation in the program will be contingent upon your immediate supervisor’s approval.
- There is no appeal process if your supervisor declines your request to participate in this program.
- Your supervisor has the right to deny your participation at any point or time during the program.
- Approval to participate in the program must to be granted on an annual basis by your immediate supervisor and submitted to Kenneth Martinez for final approval.
- If you have a student attendance roster for which you are professionally responsible for as part of your normal job description, you may not participate as a Hope Maker Mentor.
- If approved for participation by your supervisor, your regular work assignments, projects, or duties are still expected to be completed.
- At any time during the current year, if your evaluator has evidence that you are not making satisfactory progress in your assigned duties within your employed job title, your evaluator may request your termination from participation in the program.
- Your regular breaks and lunch will not change because of this voluntary participation.You are required to take your duty-free lunch period and breaks as per your contract at the established times with your District-assigned location.
- No adjustments to your starting and ending times for your regular assigned workday will occur.
- The District will not provide transportation to and from your volunteer mentor site.
- Transportation to and from your mentor assignment must be in accordance with Board policies and Administrative Regulations.
- Hope Maker Mentors must wear their District ID Badge and Hope Maker Mentor shirt when participating in the program on the day of the student visit.
- All Hope Maker Mentors must sign in using the District Raptor system at sites.
- All Hope Maker Mentors must adhere to all the rules and guidelines pertaining to Hope Makers.
All student information should be treated confidentially. Sharing student information with others may be a violation of the law or S.B.C.U.S.D Board Policy. Do not make a promise to a student that you will keep confidential any information that pertains to the welfare of the students and to protect you from violating the law. Although the student is free to share confidential information with you, there are certain things that you are required by law to tell the campus administrator and the Hope Maker Administrator, Kenneth Martinez. Any personal information learned from a student should be held in strictest confidence except:
- If a student confides that he or she is the victim of sexual, emotional, chemical or physical abuse.
- If a student confides that he or she is involved in any illegal activity.
- If a student confides that he or she is considering homicide or suicide.
- If the student confides that he or she is engaged in seld-destructive physical obuse including but not limited to cutting or substance abuse.
Should one of these exceptions arise, you are required by law or S.B.C.U.S.D. Board Policy to immediately notify the school administrator and the Hope Maker Administrator, Kenneth Martinez. Note on your calendar when this information was reported and to whom it was given. Remember, this information is extremely personal and capable of damaging lives, so do not share it with anyone except the appropriate authorities. If you have questions, please ask the Making Hope Happen staff administrator, Kenneth Martinez. Any student needs communicated to the Hope Maker should be referred to the Making Hope Happen staff administrator, Kenneth Martinez.