Nearly half of DC students perform below grade level in reading and math. YOU can change that! There are many ways that you can make a significant difference in the lives of DC children.

Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19, FLOC has put a plan in place to ensure that our students continue to receive the support they need through distance learning. In following with health and safety guidelines, FLOC’s Spring Neighborhood Tutoring Program and City Leaders Program will be going virtual. One-on-one tutoring applications are now open for volunteers. We look forward to (virtually) seeing you all this fall!

Volunteer for the 2020-2021 school year

Please contact Tanya Magana, Bilingual Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator (tmagana@floc.org or 202-349-3512) with any questions

“Every volunteer means one more student who can be served, so FLOC welcomes new tutors year-round.

As a tutor in the Neighborhood Tutoring Program, you’ll work one-on-one with a specific student each week. You’ll use research-proven curricula to help your student gain grade-level equivalency in reading or math. NTP takes a foundational approach to tutoring, which means that instead of helping a student on their current homework, we identify their actual skill level and help them to fill their knowledge gap. Because students have to demonstrate concept mastery before they can move on to the next step in the curriculum, you and your student can easily see the progress that s/he is making.

You don’t need any experience to be a tutor. You will be trained in the appropriate reading or math curricula, which will walk you step-by-step through what you need to do with your student each week. However, in order for us to be effective in helping students reach their own potential, we are looking for a few particular qualities from our tutors:

  • Able and willing to commit for the full school year or summer
  • Patience
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • A sense of humor!
  • Fluency in the English language (Volunteers who are not native speakers of American English may be asked to tutor only in our math curriculum.)
  • At least 16 years old

In this role, you will serve either as a tester or as a substitute tutor, filling in for regular tutors who are absent. For more details about what a substitute tutor might do, please read the description of an NTP tutor above. NTP Testers have the opportunity to work with a large number of students and their tutors. In all of our NTP curricula, students are assessed at structured points in order to ensure that they have mastered the appropriate concepts and are ready to progress. To facilitate this, we need volunteers to help with the testing process. This is the perfect opportunity for a person who enjoys helping to guide a student’s education, as you will be the person who communicates with student and tutor teams about student assessments, areas of strength, and areas where the student needs to continue to improve.

Volunteers who select this role will be trained in the curriculum of their selected program and also complete an additional training in administering assessment tests. Tester/Substitute Tutors can commit to either a full-time (once a week) or part-time (approximately once every two weeks) schedule.


Project Based Learning Coaches will serve as project facilitators and guides in the development of a STEAM related capstone project. Volunteers will facilitate lesson plans, created by FLOC, and lead their assigned small group of students through the completion of two projects throughout the school year. This year students will complete a Self-Portrait Series in the Fall and a Podcast series in the Spring.Volunteers will support the development of their student’s leadership skills and demonstrate field knowledge and resources that support their group’s project completion by tracking project progress and providing feedback to enhance productivity. Volunteers should be able to motivate their students to think critically about their project as it relates to the Washington, DC community and their role in addressing challenges/issues in their own communities.


As an SAT coach, you’ll tutor a group of four to five high school students in grades 10 through 12 in a variety of concepts as they prepare for the SAT. Throughout the semester, Coaches will facilitate fun and engaging lessons that build students’ skills and confidence for the exam. Volunteers will play an active role in lesson plan delivery and student engagement. Staff will provide SAT Coaches with training, resources, and a guiding curriculum to follow, and will also be on hand during workshop to provide support. The commitment is once a week from September through May, with the option to tutor for one semester or the entire school year. SAT coaches should have a strong understanding Math and Language concepts as they relate to the SAT Exam.


College and Career Readiness Coaches will work one on one with a high school senior to support them through the application process for a four-year, two-year or vocational school. Throughout the fall semester, Coaches will work closely with their student to help complete important college application and financial aid milestones. During the spring semester, Coaches help with financial aid forms, scholarship application, and enrollment forms. Coaches also work with students on a variety of hard and soft skills to support their students level of workforce development. Coaches continue to provide encouragement and light-touch support to students through occasional check-ins by email, phone, and text throughout their first year of post-secondary education.

All volunteers will receive initial training and continued support from our staff. Coaches will be provided with resources and a guiding curriculum to follow with the students, and staff will also be on hand during workshop time to provide additional support and training.