1. Can I tutor at any school?
When tutors apply, they provide information about their location preferences and availability. Schools of Hope then makes a school assignment for you based on the needs of schools in that geographic area. Tutors can also select a school most convenient for them from a range of schools served by Schools of Hope.
2. I’m not a teacher. Can I do this?
We have volunteers from all walks of life and all educational levels. Schools staff provide activities and materials for the tutor to use in the tutoring session. Schools of Hope provides training and resources on the basic skills you need to be comfortable and effective as a tutor.
3. What if I have to miss a week or more?
We all have times when illness, vacations or job responsibilities will force us to miss a tutoring session or two. We ask that volunteers notify the teacher and tutor coordinator as soon as possible so the child can be informed and will not be surprised by your absence.
4. I travel for part of the year. Can I still do this?
Yes. Please discuss your schedule with the Schools of Hope Tutor Coordinator as soon as possible. S/he will make other arrangements for the child in your extended absence.
5. Where will I do the tutoring?
Schools have limited space but try to provide the best possible setting for the tutor and student. Some tutors are able to meet with their student in the library. Other common settings include the hallway outside the classroom, or at the back of the classroom.
6. What is required outside of the weekly commitment?
We require no further involvement outside of the tutoring time. We highly encourage tutors to take advantage of the school district’s tutor training workshops offered twice during the year.
7. Can I do things with the child outside of the program/school?
Schools of Hope is a school-based program and does not allow volunteers to work with children outside of the structured school setting. Any contact outside of school with the child or family is prohibited.
8. Can I give gifts to the student I tutor?
Volunteers should not bring gifts or food treats for individual children. With teacher approval, tutors may bring snacks for the entire classroom (for the teacher to distribute when appropriate) or they may make a donation of books or supplies for the classroom.
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