Volunteers must be 18+ and have completed high school.
Volunteers will be required to complete a training before the weekend of MIST facilitated by our volunteer coordinator (details to come after the form is submitted and closed). They will also be your point of contact throughout the weekend!
Roles for all volunteers include but are not limited to:
Sign up for one or more of the following:
Volunteers will report to the RPAC meetings rooms on Friday no later than 10:30am to help with set up, go over the computer system, make sure everything is running smoothly, and get comfortable with the others involved! You will be the first people students and their coaches will be seeing for MIST Columbus and hold a great responsibility to ensure registration goes smoothly and all students are accounted for. Registration volunteers might also help with setting up orientation and Zuhr prayer.
Competitions will take place on Friday and Saturday. All volunteers will need to arrive no later than an hour before our first category starts. You will assist the Competition coordinators with printing and organizing, distributing materials to judges, making sure all students are in their respective competition rooms (or in a workshop!), and more. Competitions is the bulk of our weekend you will be dealing with many students, judges, and the executive board to keep everything running well and on time!
Sports will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings. Male volunteers will be present in the basketball or soccer tournament for boys while female volunteers will be assisting the girls. Sports coordinators need volunteers to help with any referee issues, crowd control, and other tasks.
Volunteers will be needed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to help with food. Each day has it's own needs, but you will be organizing the meals, serving to the guests, and making sure everything is going swiftly and fairly. You will help the executive board immensely during each day and have a chance to hang out with the students and probably be their favorite part of the weekend (you're giving them the food)!
Spirit Workshops is a pilot idea we are introducing this year that will give the kids (who aren't competing in a competition at the time) a chance to make posters, signs, and chants for their team instead of sitting in a traditional workshop. They will be taking place on Friday and volunteers will be needed to run them alongside our workshop coordinator, Talha Arifeen. Volunteers interested will be talking to teams, help creating chants, assist with poster-making, and more. MIST is about teamwork and spirit and we would love to see friendly competition within teams as well as give the students a chance to be creative.
Workshops take place alongside competitions. Unlike the spirit workshops, the ones taking place on Saturday will be large lecture halls with kids attending a program hosted by our guest speaker(s). Talha Arifeen, our workshop coordinator, will be making sure everything runs smoothly and volunteers are needed to assist him. This role requires a lot of crowd control so the more assertive, the better! You will be navigating kids into the respective rooms, making sure there are no straddlers, and keeping everyone organized. Within gaps of time during the workshops, you will be regulating chant-offs and helping the kids stay stimulated!
On Saturday, we have a headquarters room that is only open to judges, volunteers, and executive board members. It is an extremely busy and crowded room between judges working on ballots, our lovely scorekeeper (Amal Ali!) plugging everything into the database, executive board members rushing around, and more! Volunteers will be needed to help answer any questions coaches and kids have when they knock on the door. Throughout the day, all questions and concerns will be directed to our information guides that will be sitting near or inside the headquarters.
Our Awards ceremony will be taking place on Sunday morning, after the tournament is complete. The final presentation will be played with all the competitions winners, the trophies will be distributed, and we will have an honorable guest speaker. Volunteers will be needed for crowd control (competitors, parents, coaches, and community members!) during the day of, as well as assisting our Awards coordinator, Sophia Syed, with any help needed. You will need to arrive no later than 1.5 hours before the ceremony begins to help set up the presentation, line up all trophies, and decorate the hall. Help will also be needed to double check scores, answering any questions and concerns, distributing judges material after announced, and more!
Throughout the weekend, volunteer photographers are needed to document our tournament. Whether you wish to help one day, or all!, we would greatly appreciate all photographs and videos taken during competition prep, workshops, prayer, chant-offs, and other activities. Your work will be displayed on our website, social media sites, and promotional videos! *Awards ceremony will need a photographer to take pictures of the winners to be posted online