How to become a volunteer
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you will need to visit the BAM website: http://beamentor.org/stockton. Here you will need to enter your personal information and select the school site(s) and/or program(s) you would like to volunteer with. Your information will then be forwarded to the selected school(s)/program(s) (e.g., PYA, Stagg, Preschool). The BAM coordinator from the site/program will review and approve your application to volunteer. Once you are approved by the site/program, you will be referred to the Police Department for a background check, ID badge, and possible fingerprinting (depending on the volunteer position).
***Parents should always be afforded an opportunity to volunteer pursuant to Education Code §51100. However, a site/program can limit volunteer opportunities (e.g., not everyone can volunteer as a football coach; not everyone can volunteer on a field trip; etc.). Additionally, a parent wanting to visit their student’s classroom does not need to be processed as a volunteer and can make arrangements at the school. The volunteer program is designed for recurring involvement in the District, school, or program.
Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering:
Where do I go to get fingerprinted if I want to volunteer?
All applicants are fingerprinted at the SUSD Police Department, 640 N. San Joaquin Street, Stockton, CA 95202. Find all Volunteer Information at www.beamentor.org/stockton.
When can I come in?
You will have to go online and apply to be a parent volunteer. Go to the website www.beamentor.org/stockton. You will be directed on how to apply once you enter your email address.
What will it cost me to get fingerprinted?
There is no charge for volunteers to be fingerprinted.
How do you fingerprint applicants?
All applicants are fingerprinted electronically via a live scan machine and results are sent to the Department of Justice.
What do I bring with me?
Be prepared to show a current State or Federally issued identification card. We do not accept check cashing cards or expired ID cards for identification. All photo identification must be current.
Do I need to be fingerprinted again if I was fingerprinted before?
Yes, the Department of Justice requires volunteers to be fingerprinted every 12 months. If you are applying for a job with Stockton Unified, you will also need to be re-fingerprinted. The Department of Justice runs two different kinds of background checks on employees and volunteers. There is a $51.00 charge for employment fingerprinting.
How long does it take for the results to come back?
Fingerprint returns can take up to 30 days. Once we have fingerprinted you, we will issue you a fingerprint receipt. This receipt is NOT a clearance to work or volunteer. It is just to let the school know that you have been fingerprinted.
How do I know if I am clear to volunteer?
Once the SUSD Police Department receives verification from the Department of Justice, you will be notified by mail.
Who can I contact for additional questions or concerns?
Regarding School Site or Volunteer Clearance Issues, you may contact the SUSD Police Department at (209) 933-7085 ext. 2464.