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.