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PANDEMIC PROFESSORS, INC.

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If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply directly at https://forms.gle/De4juKf8HhyLUgBQ7.
There is more information listed there as well, including information about our pairing process. (You do not need to indicate your interest through VolunteerMatch unless you have specific questions.) Thank you!

Background:
Pandemic Professors, a 501c3 organization, was founded in April 2020 by Berkeley alumni to achieve the mission of facilitating free online tutoring to low-income communities affected by the pandemic. It is a 100% volunteer-based organization. Our philosophy not only supports academic achievements, but also emphasizes the importance of socio-emotional health in these isolating times.

We currently serve over 200 underserved students with the help of 150 dedicated volunteer staff and tutors. With the significant demand that we are seeing, we want to be able to serve more families and communities in need. We need your help!

With the huge influx of students, we are asking people to volunteer with us.

Being an online tutor:
As a tutor, you are the lifeblood of this organization and are the one delivering services. We will pair you up with a student who needs support in whichever standard K-12 subjects you want to teach (i.e., English, math, science, social studies, languages). You will interact with families and help the student perform and learn!

We are especially looking for coding tutors, as we have seen the benefits and need for under-resourced students to gain skills related to the tech industry. We are also looking for ESL tutors to support our growing Spanish speaking population.

To apply as a tutor, please copy and paste this link to your browser to reach us directly. (It only takes 2 mins to fill out!): https://forms.gle/Q7UgbKVSwyCBNkfA7

Requirements:
-2 or more hours per week commitment (flexibility for job requirements, midterms and finals)
-Tutoring experience is helpful but not required. We offer training and support.

Benefits of joining Pandemic Professors:
-Improve diversity & inclusion in the tech industry by fostering hard skills and a sense of belonging in students from communities who are historically under-represented in tech.
-Learn by teaching! Teaching others is a great way to improve your own skills. Teach at many levels, from introductory coding in languages like Scratch to more advanced levels (e.g.,Python, Java)
-Flexible schedule: volunteer any day of the week, any time of day, wherever you are! We have volunteers from around the globe and students on many different time zones.
-Get recognized for your volunteer work with letters of recommendation for grad school; recognition on our website or social media; references for job applications; and more!

This is not only a way to help those in need and to benefit your personal resume, but also a way to build community. We are here to support each other through this time as well and hope you join us!

If you have any questions about our need for tech industry volunteers, please contact Alissa Stover, Director of Operations and UX/Service Research & Design, at alissa.stover@pandemicprofessors.org.

If you would like to contribute to the organization beyond volunteering (e.g. by way of partnership or in-kind donations), please contact Sara Ellis, Director of Program Services and Development, at sara.ellis@pandemicprofessors.org

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About PANDEMIC PROFESSORS, INC.

Location:

512 W 156th St., Apt 22, New York City, NY 10032, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Pandemic Professors is to facilitate free tutoring to children in low-income communities impacted by the pandemic.

Description

At Pandemic Professors, we believe all K-12 students deserve an opportunity to receive free supplemental learning through private tutoring, in order to help them remain on track and meet their educational goals. Our organization was founded to match underserved students across the United States with free online tutors to more safely help during this unprecedented crisis and beyond.

Historically, students in underserved communities are at greater risk of falling behind in academics and socio-emotional skills. Much like Hurricane Katrina, the COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating the plethora of academic and personal challenges these students already face. Our organization presents students in low-income communities with opportunities to strengthen subject comprehension and boost confidence. The needs, strengths, and voices of the impacted students drive our family-centered philosophy and evidence-based practices.

Together with our partners, Pandemic Professors combats adverse effects on learning resulting from the pandemic and exacerbated by poverty. Students in underserved communities don’t lack a hunger for knowledge, they lack the means to access quality tutoring. Pandemic Professors provides effective tools for students to complete their K-12 education, and we will continue to work with our students after the pandemic until the educational gap is resolved. We sincerely hope you consider joining us in the fight to improve the lives of students adversely affected by poverty and the pandemic.

Children & Youth
Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Special Needs

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • Willing to dedicate at least 2 hours per week for K-12 tutoring or at least 1 hour per week for coding or college apps/test prep & will offer sessions for at least one month
  • Aged 18 and older. We apologize however we cannot accept tutors who are not aged 18+ at this time. We are working on it!

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