The Need: The average low-income eighth grader reads at a third grade level. Students are behind in their basic skills for various life reasons: home life, bullies, poverty, attending under-performing schools etc. It becomes frustrating when they have no one to assist them with their homework or encourage them to do better. By volunteering to tutor and help with homework, you will be able to help students do better in schools, improve their self-esteem, and serve as a positive role model.
The Role: Tutors serve at least once a week during our daily homework hour. During this time students are broken into classrooms by grade to work on their schoolwork. Tutors will take the initiative to approach students and help them with their work. This might involve showing them how to do a math problem, helping them find an answer in their textbook, or assisting them to stay focused on the task at hand. Over time, tutors may build relationships with a few specific kids and help them regularly. Tutoring is a great way to have fun, help kids to improve in their academics, and develop new skills.
The Pre-requisites: Must love working with kids and feel comfortable helping with basic math and English homework. Must be comfortable tutoring in a less structured environment and taking initiative to work with students. This is in addition to the general pre-requisites listed above.