After-School Tutoring & Writing Tutors Needed at 826CHI


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1276 N. Milwaukee Ave.Chicago, IL 60622
After School Tutoring & Writing


Description of Role:

826CHI is packed four afternoons a week with students in 1st through 8th grade working on their homework and sharpening their creative writing skills. Volunteer tutors help students with any and all homework assignments and lead students in daily creative and expository writing activities. Student writing created during tutoring is published in small chapbooks throughout the year, and we regularly host student readings for parents, tutors, and families.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Set daily goals with students
  • Guide student responses to a creative writing prompt or "Writing Rally,"
  • Assist students with their homework
  • Help them read, socialize and play board games.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Three times a year, students revise their writing and publish their work in a chapbook. To celebrate their writing, we host a party where students read their published work aloud to an audience of volunteers, staff, family, and community members. Tutors are highly encouraged to attend.

Skills/Qualifications Needed:

  • Ability to manage and tutor a small group of 2-3 students independently
  • Ability to engage youth and lead conversations
  • Outgoing individual who has experience working with diverse cultures.
  • Has patience, stamina, and flexibility to work in a busy, active environment with frequent interruption.

Desired Experience:

  • An eagerness to work with young people
  • Patience and persistence
  • Clear communication skills
  • A willingness to listen to young people and have fun with them
  • Passion for the betterment of youth and enjoys working with people of all ages.
  • Can commit to at least one school semester
  • Former tutoring or teaching experience a plus!

Time Commitment:

  • Tutoring runs Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00 pm.
  • Tutors in 826CHI’s After-School Tutoring & Writing program commit to tutoring for at least one semester and ideally for the entire school year.
  • Tutors come in on a recurring weekly or bi-weekly basis between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
  • Training entails shadowing an experienced tutor for a day, reading the Tutor Presentation, and completing a brief survey.

Commitment to Inclusion:

As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826CHI recognizes the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. In order to build and maintain the safe, supportive 826 environments in which great leaps of learning occur, we commit to inclusion: we will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, language, parental status, military service, or (dis)ability. We strive to put our values into action through planning, decision making, and community building.


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • Tutoring

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Interested volunteers must submit an application at

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