ESOL teachers work with a small group (5-10) of students in the South Bronx United Youth Development Program that are currently designated as English Language Learners (ELL) to provide homework help and weekly English lessons. ESOL Tutors meet with the boys and girls, ages 11-18, for 2 hours on a set day every week. Tutors work with the same group week to week, having the opportunity to build relationships with the youth and serve as positive adult role models in their lives, promoting the importance of education.
When: Dates: September - June, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Where: Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports, Mott Haven HS Campus, 730 Concourse Village West, Bronx, NY 10451
Qualifications: South Bronx United is looking for highly motivated, energetic volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of South Bronx youth. Volunteers with some experience teaching ELL students are preferred. Proficiency in Spanish and/or French is also a plus. Volunteers should possess a general knowledge of 6th-10th grade subject areas and feel comfortable teaching youth how to utilize the resources available to solve problems, guiding them through the process rather than simply providing answers. It is not expected that tutors will be experts in all subject areas or know the answers to everything!
Commitment: ESOL Teachers are asked to commit to 2 hours, one day a week for at least one semester (Sept-Jan or Feb-June). However, if a teacher would like to be more involved, he/she is always welcome.
Training: An orientation and training will be provided before beginning service to provide general guidelines, best practices, tutoring tips and to go over the specific needs of the students. Further meetings with our Education Director will be held to plan the curriculum and lessons ahead working in the classroom.
Benefits: In addition to helping provide the resources and support to allow underserved students to thrive in school, SBU is happy to connect with your school to see if your volunteer hours can work towards academic requirements.
Beyond Tutoring: Youth participating in the program are also members of the South Bronx United Travel Soccer Teams. Tutors are welcome and encouraged to come out and see a game or get involved in a practice as youth are extremely passionate about the sport and its a great way to connect with them.
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