Soar Detroit Mentor Waiver

Soar Detroit is dedicated to providing literacy tutoring to kids in Detroit to foster life-changing relationships and help kids flourish. Volunteers play a crucial role in this process. We are so grateful for your involvement and willingness to help Detroit’s youth.


As a volunteer, you are committing to the following:


  • I will encourage and build up my student with positive words. Constructive words will be spoken kindly and in a beneficial way, never in a demeaning way. 

  • I will keep the focus on the students doing their best, yet in a fun way. 

  • I will communicate well with the parents about the session. 

  • I will start and end on time. 

  • I will adhere to the Soar Detroit Plan to Protect

  • I will not encourage or promote beliefs that contradict Soar Detroit Statement of Faith

  • I will be a good role model for our students by: 

    • Conducting myself in a respectable manner. 

    • Using appropriate language (including not using the Lord’s name in vain) 

    • Wearing appropriate clothing

    • Abstaining from tobacco products near students (including the parking lot)

    • Refraining from alcoholic beverages before attending tutoring sessions

New Protocols Due to COVID-19

I acknowledge that due to COVID-19, we have shifted all our tutoring services to be offered only online. This update will apply for the 20-21 school year. All mentors are expected to have to the following: 

  • Laptop/Desktop with Webcam and Audio 

  • Reliable Internet Connection 

  • General Computer Skills and Familiarity with Windows Office and Video Conferencing 

Photo/Video Consent and Release  
For the protection of all involved, I acknowledge and agree that when working online with students, I am required to video record each session using the software included in the videoconferencing platform, and to send the recording to Soar Detroit after each session.I acknowledge and agree that I may be photographed, videotaped, or recorded during other Soar Detroit activities, including but not limited to training, tutoring sessions, and interviews. These recordings and photographs may be used for the publication and dissemination of program training materials, publicity, and marketing. Without expectation of compensation or other remuneration, now or in the future, I hereby grant to Soar Detroit, their staff, volunteers, agents, successors, licensees and assigns, the irrevocable right and license to store and use my photograph, video image, and voice, to edit or crop published images, to use or authorize the use of such photographs, audio- or video-recordings, or any portion thereof, to use my name, likeness, biographical or other information concerning me in connection therewith, for the purposes stated above in any media deemed appropriate by the organization.Iagree to hold Soar Detroit harmless against any liability, loss, or damage resulting from the use of my image, and hereby release and discharge this organization from any and all claims whatsoever in connection with such use of photographs, audio- or video-recordings. This consent is given in perpetuity and does not require prior approval by me.


Release of Liability and Acknowledgment of Risk 

I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of Soar Detroit. I also understand that participation in any of their programs can have associated risks. I hereby release, forever discharge and agree to hold harm-less Soar Detroit, Grace Community Church, and any other associated organizations from any and all liability, claims, or demands for personal injury, sickness, causes of action, as well as property damage and expenses, of any nature whatsoever which may be incurred as a result of participating in this program. I will not hold Soar Detroit, Grace Community Church, or any of its employees responsible for any hazard or injury that may occur to me while I am offering my volunteer services on or in their facilities or at other off-site locations. I understand that I am volunteering my services and am not covered by Workman’s Compensation Insurance. 


Permission to Obtain Background Check: I understand that Soar Detroit or other authorized third parties may be conducting a background check in connection with my application to volunteer at Soar Detroit. I understand that if I agree to volunteer within the Detroit Public School Community District, I will need to submit to the district's procedure for clearances and that a background check through the Detroit Public School Community District Police Department will satisfy Soar Detroit's requirement that a background check be performed. I further understand that if I am volunteering through a third-party organization, such organizations may have a pre-existing agreement with Soar Detroit for background check procedures. In these cases, Soar Detroit will not conduct additional background checks outside of the pre-existing agreement. Background checks may include an inquiry into my employment history, education, general character or reputation, work experience, driving history, and criminal history. I understand that Soar Detroit may rely on all or any part of this information in determining whether to extend a volunteer position to me.


I understand that a background check may be performed by Soar Detroit or its representatives as a part of the pre-volunteer process, in order to evaluate the suitability of an applicant for volunteering and is not conducted for any other purpose other than in connection with an application for volunteering. I understand that the information supplied by me will be used solely for the purposes of obtaining information, validating, or verifying information received, as a part of the background check. 


I, the undersigned applicant for volunteering, have read this Authorization and Release and by signing below, hereby authorize Soar Detroit, its representatives, agents, and authorized third parties to conduct a background check, as described herein, in conjunction with my application for volunteering and hereby release said parties from any and all liabilities related to the use, procurement or disclosure of any information provided by me or obtained about me in connection with my application for volunteering and a background check that may be performed. I further direct and authorize such third parties who may be the custodians of or may be in possession of requested records or information to disclose such information or records to Soar Detroit or their representatives and agents, in connection with this Authorization and Release. I voluntarily provide my date of birth in order to obtain and verify records obtained, in the background check.


I further understand that by signing this form I am waiving all rights to any subsequent legal action.