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Frequently Asked Volunteer Questions

  1. What is the purpose of an IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy volunteer?
    We are proud to have an extraordinary group of distinguished professionals willing to volunteer their time and knowledge to our Petroleum Academy students. Our goal within each Petroleum Academy is to provide students the ability to make more informed career choices in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). With the help of our volunteers, we hope to positively influence and expand the knowledge base for our students and provide the foundation for the next generation of America's oil and gas professionals.
  2. What are some of the volunteer opportunities the IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academies offer?
    Throughout the school year, our students participate in a guest speaker series, research field trips, competitions, community service projects, and student energy clubs. Volunteers will be placed with an education initiative that most interests them. Our volunteers share their education and career path through our guest speaker series; some provide tours at industry-related trips; and some volunteers prefer to mentor or help prepare the students for a math, science, technology or industry-related competition.
  3. How do I become an IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy volunteer?
    If you are interested in volunteering please contact Sarah Hewitt.
  4. Where are the schools located?
    Energy Institute High School
    1808 Sampson Street
    Houston, TX 77003
    Milby High School
    1601 Broadway
    Houston, TX 77012
    Southwest High School
    4100 Altamesa Boulevard
    Fort Worth, TX 76133
    Westside High School
    14201 Briar Forest Drive
    Houston, TX 77077
    Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
    1906 Cleburne Street
    Houston, TX 77004
  5. How will I know when there is a volunteer opportunity?
    We send out emails with details covering the various volunteer opportunities we are hosting. We know that our volunteers have very busy schedules, but still remain enthusiastically dedicated to their involvement with the Petroleum Academy program. Each volunteer may also contact us with questions concerning the different events. We try to optimize the volunteers' availability with each school calendar.
  6. I haven't been in a high school in years. What should I expect?
    We feel that it is important for the volunteers to feel fully prepared. You will be provided with phone training with ample time to ask questions.