Jesters Volunteer & Student Learning Opportunities

Jesters offers service learning and student observation opportunities to all University of Saint Francis students, regardless of major. Over the last several years, however, most student volunteers have come from the School of Professional Studies, Nursing and Art Education.

Jesters meets on Saturdays from September to March. From September to December, Jesters meets at the North Campus building from 10 a.m. to noon for movement, drama and music activities. Participants then move to the Mimi & Ian Rolland Art & Visual Communication Center to participate in visual arts activities from noon to 2 p.m. As a student volunteer, you may serve for just the morning session, just the afternoon session or both. From January to March, Jesters meets at the North Campus stage from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to prepare for the performance that is presented in March. You can volunteer for all four hours or from 10 a.m. to noon. You also have the option of attending a single program day, a series of program days or all program days.

The following volunteer opportunities are available:

Hands-on Direct Service and/or Observations

Required skills:

  • Interest and willingness to support and work with individuals with special needs
  • Ability to self-initiate, and assess and respond to moment-to-moment needs
  • Ability to work as a supporting team member
  • Creative thinking

Opportunities to facilitate can be provided. In these cases, a willingness to learn facilitation skills and receive constructive feedback is required.

You must contact Director Allison Ballard ahead of time to discuss what day and times you plan to attend. To provide hands-on service, you must attend the 9 a.m. volunteer meeting on the program day you are volunteering. Facilitation opportunities require observation of a program day and a conversation with the director to discuss goals, program plans and delivery methods.

Actors, Dancers, Vocalists, Narrators and Musical Accompanists

Jesters seeks outside talent for annual performances presented in March. To participate in the performance, you must commit by December or January, learn the material and attend assigned rehearsals from January to March. Specifics regarding rehearsals will be determined in order to keep with the scope of service being provided. You must also be assigned performance material (script, music, choreography, etc.), attend selected rehearsals, and be willing and available to perform at the annual performance presented in early March.

Required skills:

  • Interest and willingness to support and work with individuals with special needs
  • Proficiency in talent of choice
  • Ability to work on deadline
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member

Backstage Support, Set Design & Construction, Costume Design and Construction, Technical Support

Backstage volunteers are needed from February to early March of each year. As a backstage volunteer, you will need to attend a specified number of planning meetings. Details will be determined based on the scope of project involvement. You will be required to attend selected rehearsals, and be available and willing to work the annual performance presented in early March.

Required skills:

  • Interest and willingness to support and work with individuals with special needs
  • Proficiency in project of interest
  • Ability to work on deadline
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team member
  • Ability to think creatively and participate in creative process
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Reliability; follow-through is absolutely essential