We are currently recruiting volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year. To express interest in being contacted for school year opportunities, click here. Or reach out to Kamil Arrington (email@example.com or 202-349-3512) with any questions.
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.
According to our annual survey of volunteers, 100% of volunteers said that based on their experience this year, they would return to FLOC. 100% also agreed they would recommend FLOC to a friend.
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
- 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
NTP Tester/Substitute Tutor
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.
Scholars MS / HS Coach
As a middle school or high school coach, you will (under supervision of Scholars staff) help facilitate small groups of 3-5 students in 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade. Throughout the year you will run small group activities, share your own postsecondary and career experiences, and facilitate dialogue about topics being covered in workshop. Past topics include: academic success, social and emotional intelligences, career awareness, and civic issues facing DC youth. Finally, you will support the Scholars program in fostering an environment that promotes positive behavior and group cohesion.
Please note that, due to limited space, volunteers interested in being part of Scholars are encouraged to sign up to attend a training, but are not necessarily guaranteed a spot in that particular program.
Scholars SAT Coach
As an SAT coach, you'll tutor a group of 3-4 11th grade Scholars in Math or English/Language Arts (ELA) 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. You'll 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 October through February, with the option to continue in the program afterward. SAT coaches should have a strong math or ELA content background.