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Volunteer Programs

Deliver the power of education to Chicago students facing financial barriers through weekly one-to-one tutoring.

Tutoring Chicago believes all students deserve safe learning spaces that will allow them to reach their full potential. Therefore, all in-person, 2021-22 volunteer tutors must show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 by their program start date.

Digital and in-person tutoring opportunities are available.

  • SMART PROGRAM

    AVAILABLE as A VIRTUAL PROGRAM ON MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENING

    AVAILABLE as an in-person program AT the following locations:

    • NEAR NORTH/LINCOLN PARK: MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENING
    • NEAR WEST/WEST LOOP: TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENING

    ALL tutoring sessions are held throughout the school year from 6:00 – 7:30pm.

    Our SMART program focuses on five areas of student achievement: Social Emotional Learning, Mathematics, Accountability, Reading, and Technology. Students and tutors have access to a wide variety of high-quality resources and activities designed to meet each student at their academic level. Sessions are held once a week for 90 minutes.

    Questions? Please contact Patrick McCulloch

  • Middle School Tutoring Program

    AVAILABLE as A VIRTUAL PROGRAM ON MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENING

    AVAILABLE as an in-person program AT the following locations:

    • NEAR NORTH/LINCOLN PARK: MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENING
    • NEAR WEST/WEST LOOP: TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENING

    The Middle School Tutoring program features a curriculum designed specifically for 6th-8th grade learning needs with a focus on preparing students for high school transition and continued success in their education. Sessions are held once a week for 90 minutes.

    Questions? Please contact Patrick McCulloch

  • LIT PROGRAM

    AVAILABLE as AN IN-PERSON PROGRAM ON MONDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT OUR NEAR NORTH/LINCOLN PARK LOCATION

    AVAILABLE as a VIRTUAL PROGRAM ON tUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

    The Literacy Intensive Tutoring (LIT) program is a structured reading curriculum. Students and tutors will focus on a variety of literacy components including letters and sounds, sight words, writing, and reading comprehension. This is not a homework program, students will be assessed and must qualify for this program. Qualifying students are considered to have difficulties reading at grade level and show an academic need for extra instruction in reading and writing. Students attend 90 minute sessions twice a week from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

    Questions? Please contact Patrick McCulloch

  • High School Program

    Only available as an independent VIRTUAL PROGRAM

    ALL tutoring sessions are held throughout the school year independently, with periodic check-ins with a Program manager. This program is for experienced tutors with Tutoring Chicago.

    The High School Program provides students with a continuation of one-to-one tutoring and mentoring in areas that will lead to skill development important for success in high school. The curriculum will cover executive functioning, organizational skills, and preparation for the four years of secondary school. This may include support for academic course success, taking advantage of high school resources, reflection surrounding college and/or career readiness, as well as overall self-management and social awareness skills. Students will continue one-to-one tutoring support with flexibility in scheduling sessions with tutors once a week.

    In order to participate as a tutor in the High School Program, you should feel comfortable with the following:

    • Basic academic support (with resources that can be provided by Tutoring Chicago) for subject specific reading/writing, pre-algebra or algebra, and outreach to subject area teachers
    • Mentoring and leadership advice that is professional, related to both academic and personal goals (athletics, college/careers, extracurricular activities, etc.)
    • Assessing needs and directing students to support systems (such as high school counselors, teachers, etc.)
    • Organization and time management strategies
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