Open a new door to creativity. For a child with autism, and for you. 

Volunteer for MKE Summer Workshops!

Volunteer for MKE Summer Workshops!

Our Milwaukee Summer Workshops run July 10-14, with 3 different class times to choose from.

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Volunteer for Minnesota Summer Workshops!

Volunteer for Minnesota Summer Workshops!

We're back in Minneapolis July 31-Aug 4 and Duluth Aug 7-11 for weeklong workshops!

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Volunteer Roles
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Key traits of a great IOB volunteer? Empathy, a little bit of patience, and a huge heart. We need both creative types and organized types of people to help make our workshops a successful learning experience for all of our students. 🙂

You will work 1 : 1 with students helping them sketch out ideas for their project, and then collaborating and guiding them through the process of designing and completing of the project using Adobe Creative Cloud software. Working knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator is required.

You will setup and run the art break area, which is available for students who want or need some time away from the computer. Activities may include a collaborative painting project, Model Magic, building with LEGOs, etc.

You will arrive early to help with the setup of the workshop layout, including making sure technology stations are ready for our creative teams. You will also be in charge of the contact list for mentors and students, and be expected to proactively communicate with any mentors or parents who are not present 5 minutes prior to the start of class. You will be a buddy to any student/mentor who needs a little extra help and attention.

Want to get involved with Islands of Brilliance in a capacity not listed here? Contact us and we’ll find a volunteer opportunity suited to your abilities. 🙂

“Volunteering with Islands of Brilliance has been a learning experience for me as much as it has for the students I've worked with. It pushed me out of my comfort zone (and my cubicle), and partnered me with amazing, talented children. I can only hope my contributions to the program equal what I've received from it.”

Brian Matzat
Director of Digital Strategy and Design, Portland Trail Blazers

“Being overly perceptive during the social interaction with my student during our project was crucial. There were moments where I realized that what I said was really sticking. Sometimes too much so. I wanted to be sure that the ideas that were spewing out of my student were directly from his brain and not influenced by my thoughts, so asking leading questions that really pulled out the story was important. Working back and forth together that way was refreshing and inspiring to say the least. I felt like I had hit a reset button in my mind about what I come to anticipate with a creative challenge.”

Jax Berndt
Art Director, GS Design

“My student, Gus, was a pretty diligent worker. He came to the sessions enthused to work on his 18x24 poster about his favorite Sonic the Hedgehog game. For a kid of about ten years, he was adapting to the software at an intuitive pace. While he never claimed to be artistic, Gus exhibited the same rise and fall of discovery, crafting, and composing—followed sometimes by moments of frustration, as is the way of the artist—and the eventual decision, ‘it's finished.’”

Ryan Carter
Art Director, Traction Factory