The College Success Academy, through rigorous college-prep programming, seeks to advance Boston Public School students’ academic achievement, socio-emotional competency and college awareness, toward the overarching goal of college graduation. Volunteer tutors at the College Success Academy support a positive climate, teach social-emotional skills, and work alongside professional teachers to provide individual attention to Middle School Scholars. They help Scholars complete homework, facilitate educational games and activities, supervise - and play! - during snack and recess, and assist with other daily logistical tasks; individuals may also ride home on the bus with Scholars.
Schedule and Location
After-school sessions run Tuesdays and Thursdays:
- Edison K-8 School, Brighton: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
- McKay K-8 School, East Boston: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
In addition, there will be approximately 2 tutor meetings outside of these hours in the Fall, and 3 in the Spring. All volunteer tutors are expected to commit to at least two days each week at one of the above locations. Exceptions can be made for those who demonstrate a strong interest and passion for working with middle school students. We are looking for volunteers to commit to tutor from mid-September 2016 through late May 2017. There are also opportunities to volunteer for one semester, either from September-December or January-May.
Responsibilities and Expectations
- Attend tutor orientation, monthly meetings, and follow-up workshops as required
- Arrive promptly and attend scheduled tutoring commitments consistently. If an absence is anticipated, inform site coordinators in advance
- Assist with set-up of program materials
- Assist in the supervision of arrival, dismissal, snack, and recreational periods
- Monitor and provide academic support for Scholars in study hall and CSA courses; help answer Scholars’ questions as they work through homework and class materials/projects
- Support individual Scholars’ academic needs as assigned
- Communicate Scholars’ academic progress to CSA staff and faculty
- Hold Scholars accountable to CSA rules and expectations by utilizing classroom management techniques and the CSA behavior system
- Maintain confidentiality at all times
- Demonstrated commitment to educational equity and college access
- Strong desire to improve educational opportunities for underserved students
- Excellent cross-cultural sensitivity and experience working with diverse populations
- Eagerness to work with middle school students and ability to support and challenge students academically
- Tutoring experience, preferably at the middle school level (grades 5-8)
- Child Development
- Literacy / Reading
- Math / Science Instruction
- Relationship Building
- Youth Services
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 4-8 hours/week
- 1 90-minute training every month