Mentor/Tutor Part-time Volunteer (In-Person and/or Hybrid) LA - Based

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Recruiting Organization: The Emily Shane Foundation

The Emily Shane Foundation is seeking university student volunteers as mentor/tutors for our unique educational initiative, the SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) Program. This program empowers disadvantaged, underserved middle school students who are at risk of academic failure. The SEA Program solely serves those unable to afford this essential and necessary support to help them improve. It truly makes a difference in their lives. This is a great opportunity to help a nonprofit foundation serving students across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties (While we are looking for LA based volunteers that could mentor/tutor in person, remote work is possible!)

  • All mentor/tutors must attend mandatory training prior to commencing sessions with students. The training is typically conducted via Zoom and requires approximately 1.5-2 hours.
  • Commitment: Ideally, the candidate would be able to commit to working with their student(s) for the entire 2023-2024 academic year if at all possible. We do sometimes hire mentor/tutors who can only work either in the fall or spring semester.
  • You can choose to work with one or more students depending on your schedule and availability.


  • The SEA Program is an after-school program, and we are seeking mentor/tutors to work with students either in-person, remotely, or a combination of the two (depending on the candidate's ability to physically go to one of our sites of operation. The position requires you to be available for a minimum of 2 hours per week. Sites are located in: Pico Rivera, Watts, South LA, Santa Monica, Westchester, Culver City, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard.
  • The mentor/tutor is responsible to effectively tutor their student(s) in all subjects in which the student is failing or truly struggling. We focus on key subjects such as math, science, history, and English. In working one-on-one with the student, the mentor/tutor ascertains the student’s learning style and reasons for why they are struggling and assesses where they are at in terms of meeting grade level standards. In addition, a focus on organizational skills and study skills is essential to this position. Other aspects of the position include addressing missing assignments, incomplete work, and communicating with staff such as teachers and counselors. There are often better results when there is communication with the student’s parent/guardian as well.
  • Mentorship is a key component of this position. This includes developing and building a rapport with the student to enhance your ability to address their academic needs. A positive rapport between mentor/tutor and mentee will lead to maximum results. Due to the population we serve, often times, social issues and issues in their home life are a factor and this is where the mentorship aspect comes into play.
  • The mentor/tutor is expected to be proactive and creative in dealing with the student's specific challenges, such as reaching out to teachers, creating practice tests and quizzes, using online resources, making use of flashcards, using games and/or different strategies to enforce learning.
  • Once a week, a two-sentence email recap of your work with your student(s) must be sent to the Area Coordinator, SEA Program management and Executive Director, including a photo or screenshot taken during one of the two weekly sessions.
  • During sessions, you are expected to enter your student’s good deed on our foundation’s website ( (Two per week.)
  • Twice monthly, mentor/tutors are expected to complete reports regarding their sessions; these are to state how sessions are going, noting any improvement/progress and outlining any concerns/issues that require attention. Once a semester, surveys/questionnaires must be completed by all mentor/tutors for assessment purposes.
  • At least one site meeting with all mentor/tutors working at a specific site is held during each school term. This offers a forum for an exchange of ideas, helpful tips/sharing of strategies that work, etc.
  • The mentor/tutor must track each student’s grades on a progress document and record their progress monthly. Grades are posted on the student’s school online portal.

Desired Skills:

  • Solid knowledge of all middle school subjects to be able to effectively teach them to the student(s).
  • Must be organized, responsible, conscientious, and respond to communication in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to convey knowledge and concepts adapted to the individual student’s learning style.
  • Candidates should relate well to others and be a good listener.
  • Must enjoy working with children and have an affinity for this type of work.
  • Other desirable qualities include a strong sense of accountability, integrity, and excellent communication skills.

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Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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