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Mentors & Volunteers at NBFA

The mission of NBFA is to provide students with a meaningful, high quality education through experience-based learning that helps develop essential social, emotional and critical thinking skills.

New Beginnings Family Academy (“NBFA”) welcomes professionals, 21 years and over, to help further its mission as mentors and volunteers at our Pre-K through 6th grade public charter school. NBFA’s relationship-based Mentor and Volunteer Program pairs adults with children, small groups, or whole classrooms to strengthen students’ desire and capacity to learn. Through trusting relationships with adult volunteers, students learn important life skills and

benefit from individuals’ lived experiences.

NBFA provides a variety of opportunities for volunteers to mentor, read to students, and assist in classrooms or on special assignments, among other things. Whether you are available once a week, bi-weekly or monthly, NBFA will work with your schedule and partner you with the right student(s) to make a meaningful impact.

All volunteers working with students will be screened and have to pass a background check before their first assignment.



You or your company can volunteer by reading to students, assisting in a classroom or leading an activity. You or your company can even adopt a class or grade band that you visit exclusively.





Mentors are much more than just positive role models. Having the right mentor at the right time can increase a student’s self-esteem and curb negative behaviors. NBFA Mentors are instrumental in encouraging students to reach higher and think bigger, further inspiring them to develop the ambition and maturity to achieve their life goals. Our mentors come from all walks of life and practice different professions. The various skills and experiences of NBFA Mentors allows them to provide students with:

  • Active listening and authentic support
  • Balanced perspectives on life and adversity
  • Personal skills for sound decision-making
  • Setting higher personal and academic expectations

Contact our front office at 203.384.2897 to discuss opportunities and schedule a visit.


Bill Hanson



There are plenty of opportunities to be involved with your child’s experience at New Beginnings Family Academy. To promote collaboration and engagement at the classroom level, each teacher can select a Classroom Parent. Here are some things you can do as a classroom parent:

  • Coordinate parent volunteers for field trips, class parties, and in-class activities
  • Communicate important announcements
  • Recruit other family members for school events
  • Join the NBFA Alliance, our school advisory organization

In addition to being a Classroom Parent, NBFA offers several other opportunities that support your child’s class and school. They include:

  • Chaperoning field trips
  • Volunteering at book fairs
  • Contributing to the NBFA Family Facebook page
  • Becoming a Lunchroom Buddy
  • Joining the NBFA Board of Directors
  • Becoming a Mentor to an NBFA student


Contact your child’s teacher to find out how you can get involved.