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In the past year, over 292 professionals volunteered with TAF. Here are some highlights [PICTURES]

In the past year, 292 professionals volunteered with TAF. Here are some highlights.

We’re celebrating our TAF volunteers, all month long, as we prepare for our first-ever volunteer appreciation event Tacos, on TAF happening on Taco Tuesday, July 17th from 6-8:30 pm. Check out some of the ways volunteers have contributed to TAF’s programs and students through pictures:

Every year, TAF hosts a college and career fair, ensuring 6-12th-grade students are exposed to college and career opportunities early. Last year, a combination of 33 colleges, organizations, entreprenuers and companies participated in the event bringing information and swag to share with interested students.

The tradition of our annual STEM Expo sets our students on a path of community impact through innovation. But, without the countless individuals who serve as industry experts, project judges, and mentors, we would not be able to pull it off. This year all 700 of our middle and high school TAF@Saghalie students produced individual and group projects, then presented their work to a public audience. Thanks for your help to make it possible.

Throughout the year, we’ve had volunteers from Bank of America come to TAF@Saghalie to teach financial literacy and education leaders from around Washington head up professional workshops for our Martinez Fellows. Each time, the volunteers imparted valuable knowledge and we appreciate them, immensely.

Talk about seeing work in action! Visits to Capital One, Google, Oculus, and more gave our students the chance to see how companies function, and also helped make (sometimes intimidating) adult professionals feel more relatable and accessible. There’s no better feeling that hearing a student say, “Oooh! I want to do that when I grow up!”

From moving tables to manning tables, passing out programs to offering free services, our hats are off the the volunteers ready to get their hands dirty by helping TAF produce amazing events. Special note to the Varsity Luncheon, STEM Expo, and College and Career Fair volunteers: You rock!

Most of our work starts with dedicated educators who are committed to creating equitable learning environments for our students. Because of this, we offer professional development to our teachers and Fellows to ensure they stay abreast of current education practices and tips to make their classroom second homes. We’ve had school administrators and education leaders provide useful information and exercises to our teachers, enriching their toolkit to ultimately impact students. Thank you!

Thanks to all our TAF volunteers for your time. We hope you can join us for Tacos, on TAF on Tuesday, July 17th from 6-8:30 pm! So that we can honor you. RSVP here.

Interested in volunteer opportunities? Email development@techaccess.org.

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Michael, Tyrone, Brigette, and Jennifer pose at Tacos on TAF


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