Volunteer to support Hurricane Ian disaster relief efforts.

Read More

Thiebaut Method

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


1238 Westminster Ave.East Palo Alto, CA 94303 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Thiebaut Method is an after school program where struggling students become highly skilled in their passions. At TM, students work one-on-one with cultivators, independently, and in peer groups on projects inspired by their passions that develop creative and practical skills. TM is a place where "learning" and "fun" are synonymous and students get really good at doing what they love!


Program Details

  • Students are in grades K-8 and must live or attend school in the Ravenswood School District or be enrolled in the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program
  • Student must show proof of struggling in school to qualify for enrollment
  • After school hours: 3-6 PM Monday-Friday


Would you recommend Thiebaut Method?
20 reviews Write a review
by Kanika S. (May 13, 2017)
It is my honor to be a part of 10BH (Marketing team). The passion you feel when you enter the East Palo Alto learning centre or when you meet Paul, is refreshing and motivating. You need such motivation in your life. He is enthusiastic and extremely clear about his goals. Everyone on the team is very friendly and motivating. You will be surprised to see the activeness on the social media, everything is out there. The website is amazing, FB page, G+account and YouTube channel, everything gets updated regularly. I thank 10BH for giving me an opportunity to be a part of 10BH, which is serving the low income communities and helping kids build a bigger-better-brighter future Cheers you guys!
by Lisa O. from San Francisco, CA (February 13, 2017)
I have been a volunteer Role Model since 2013. It is an amazing experience. I worked with one child for 2 years and seeing him blossom was extremely rewarding. There is a training session and staff support throughout the process. I've met tons of interesting people and would rate the experience very highly.
by Stephanie B. (November 7, 2016)
I highly recommend 10 Books A Home. I was looking into local volunteer opportunities and came across 10BH on VolunteerMatch. After submitting my application, the process has been exceptional. The process to get trained is seamless and I felt very prepared for my first tutoring session with my learner. All of the staff at 10BH that I've interacted with have been passionate and extremely helpful. I've had one lesson with my learner so far and I'm really excited to see how much of an impact this program has. If you're looking for a way to get involved and impact a child from the very beginning, 10BH is for you!
by Victoria S. (July 21, 2016)
I volunteer as a role model/tutor for a little boy and his family. There are a bunch of things that I like about the program: 1. The training and support is fabulous. After training I felt like I knew what to do. When I have run into little questions or needed more support, I found help on the community board or through the lesson coordinators. 2. The program insists that family adult is with you during the lessons. This is great for two reasons - what do in class the family continues while you are not there and you have a built-in helper! 3. The experience is fun and rewarding. When I started with him last January (2015) he didn't speak English and now he speaks fluently. He has learned so much and I can see that he is where he needs to be when he starts kindergarten. He is always thrilled to see me and I am always sad to leave each week. We have a real bond. If you are looking to make a difference and have a difference made in your life - volunteer at 10BH!
by Rosemary B. (April 15, 2015)
This program rocks! Not my first foray as a reading tutor, it is far and wide the best program I've had the pleasure of volunteering for. The one-hour home visits make a huge impact by forming a bond of caring & trust, a weekly "play-date" describes it better. The glowing excitement when I arrive is reward enough, his eating up stories previously read to my own boys makes it especially fun. So effective and so simple this truly is work for Social Justice because we provide private tutoring that normally is available only to those who can afford it.
by Larkin O. (November 7, 2013)
When I first heard about 10 Books a Home I was very interested in volunteering. Then at the training when I heard some of the disheartening statistics and correlations related to early childhood literacy and graduation and success rates, I knew I wanted to start volunteering immediately. I look forward to seeing my reader every week. Seeing the progress is so rewarding, and it's also great to see such enthusiasm for learning from the whole family. I highly recommend volunteering for 10 Books a Home. I started out thinking I was going to help one person grow, and in doing so I found that I have grown as well.
by tiffany d. (November 5, 2013)
10BH is an amazing organization that gives you the opportunity to make a change in a child's life, for just an hour a week. Given the tools to set you and your little learner in the right direction, the possibilities are endless! It is very endearing to see the child you are working with progress, and you will be amazed at how just one hour can go such a long way. This driving force behind this organization is every growing, and serves a very important purpose that not only affects their actions at school, but their relationships at home as well. I would say volunteering for 10BH is highly addicting, you will look forward most definitely to your time with your learner every week!
by Shaun G. (October 16, 2013)
One of the most influential educational organizations operating in the Bay Area today. 10Books is doing it right. At first I didn't think teaching was for me; I had never been a tutor before and was very nervous. After 10 minutes into my first lesson, when I put my hand up for the first time and my learner excitedly slapped me five, I saw the intensity in his face and I was a believer. After 6 months I can honestly say I look forward to this one hour more than any other hour out of the week. Getting in there and engaging with my learner and his family is a lot of fun. There are so many things you can do with a 4 yr old that they'll get benefit out of. We play games all the time, with letters, numbers, pictures in books. Sometimes we just draw, or spell, and he loves it! Early education transforms people's lives, and so can you.
by Shannon J. from CA (October 7, 2013)
My 3 reasons for volunteering with 10BH: 1) Its mission: I'm a strong believer in the power of early intervention programs for children. Starting off their K-12 education on/ahead of level is crucial for a child's future. 2) It's personal: Volunteering with 10BH allows me to interact one-on-one with my Learner (3-5-year-old child) and his/her parent(s). I directly see the impact my visits have each week and also see how we all mutually benefit from our interactions. 3) It works with my schedule: Like most of us, I have a very busy schedule between work and home. Volunteering one hour per week is very feasible with my schedule. As a bonus, Paul (Founder/CEO) and Natalie (Program Manager) make an excellent team and their passion for improving children's opportunities through early childhood education is contagious!
by Theresa C. (October 7, 2013)
I'm a fairly recent addition to the 10 Books a Home "Role Model" list, having met my Learner, Luis, in mid-August. It's delightful to spend time with him and his family, encouraging a love of learning that has been such a big part of my life. The training session, given by Natalie and Paul, was incredibly eye-opening. I have learned so much by being a Role Model, and am committed to helping Luis and other children get ready for kindergarten. Check it out. Being a Role Model is so rewarding, on so many levels.
by Lisa H. (October 7, 2013)
10 Books a Home allows me to participate in the growth and development of a small child, with a commitment of just one hour per week! I feel a direct connection to my learner and his literacy. I am building a trusting relationship with him that helps him understand how important - and fun! - it is to read, write, count, tell stories, etc. In just a short amount of time, I began to feel like I was making a difference in my learner's life. I also feel I am promoting education to his mother and other members of his extended family. This program fills a huge need in early education. I am honored to be a part of it, and look forward to my next meeting with my learner!
by Stephanie O. (June 20, 2014)
I love everything about 10BH and am personally honored to be a volunteer. As a recent graduate and someone who is new to the working world, it is very difficult to find volunteering opportunities which work with my schedule. 10BH was EXTREMELY accommodating and is always willing to work with my schedule. I felt completely prepared going into my first lessons with my learner, considering that I have no background in education and I felt personally responsible for this little boy and his experience. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing my learner become excited about a new book or saying a new word. I love 10BH and am constantly encouraging my friends and colleagues to sign up! I hope that 10BH can become as much of a rewarding part of your life as it has become mine!
by Natassia R. (October 3, 2013)
Working with 10BH and being a Role Model for a young boy for the past 1.5 years has been SO rewarding! It's been most amazing to see my learner's excitement about books grow over this time and see his home become a place where learning and reading are regular tasks. I was worried about the time commitment, but I found myself planning other things around my time with my learner because it meant to much to me and his family. I really do feel like I've made a difference and I am even more certain that his family has made a difference in my life too!
by Jonathan T. (October 3, 2013)
Having worked in education since I was 13, especially in this community, I have a lot of experience with different programs aimed at literacy. I have never seen an approach like this one, these kids are getting one on one, in home, education for free! As a role model you form bonds and get to see first hand the effect of your efforts on the child's growth, and the family's attitude toward learning and education. It's an experience to see siblings that want to sit in on the lessons, or hear stories about improvements in a child's attention span, maturity , and vocabulary as a result of your time and effort. The program is a chance for the parents to see how to help their children reach their full potential. I have yet to meet a role model who hasn't loved the experience. In my experience the only hard part about a 6 month commitment is saying goodbye when the time is up.
by Marcia K. (October 3, 2013)
I found out about 10 book after reading an article in the PA Weekly. I started tutoring Angel, then aged4 in January. At that time, he barely spoke English and was not interested in having books read to him. Angel is now in Kindergarden, knows the alphabet, can make up stories with me and kills me at the memory game. I feel so rewarded for doing so little weekly with him. One hour per week with Angel...and his mom nearby is such an honor for me and one that rewards me daily knowing I am making a difference in Angel's academic progress. In addition, we have become very good buddies! I have 3 small grandchildren nearby and spend lots of time with my grandchildren. This is really an extension of the pleasure one gets from participating in a child's growth.
by Jason T. (October 3, 2013)
I love being able to give back, especially to underprivileged kids. You get to make a real difference in a child's life and be a role model for kids who sometimes don't have anyone to look up to. The thing that struck me the most is that a lot of these underprivileged kids grow up never seeing a book until they hit school, and then they're so far behind. We're reading to them, teaching them the alphabet, counting all before they hit preschool.
by Barbara M. (October 3, 2013)
I have tutored English learning students in 1st to 3rd grade. It is disheartening to see how far behind they are due to a vocabulary and experiential deficits. When I learned about 10 Books, I was immediately drawn to its mission of preparing children for kindergarten and modeling educational interactions and techniques for parents. I see this job as stimulating and creative, I am constantly trying to think of ways to help my 4 year old student to understand concepts and to become fluent in English in the most natural way possible.. I love the challenge. I am not an educator by training. It is important to me that, by design, the staff does not leave tutors adrift in this effort. 10 Books staff has many activities and ideas available to draw from and build upon. They are very supportive and quick to provide insights and suggestions. I love many aspects of this program including a chance to listen to Spanish and increase my comprehension.
by Caitlin C. (October 3, 2013)
Volunteering with 10 Books A Home is both fun and fulfilling! I have a busy, full time job but always look forward to the one-hour each week I spend with my learner, Frank. Seeing the progress Frank has made in a short time has been so motivating and it’s great to know that the work we do has a knock on impact on his other siblings. The team at 10 Books A Home is supportive, enthusiastic and they give us tons of ideas for working with our kids. This is a great opportunity to learn about and address the educational inequity that exists in our community.
by Mary E. (October 3, 2013)
Why? Let me count the ways! It's fun. The child and the child's family appreciate you. The staff give you all the support you need to be a success. You KNOW you are doing something that will be effective in the short run and the long run.
by Kate C. (October 2, 2013)
If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity where you have a direct impact, there's no better place. In just one hour every week, you can help an entire family reach their full potential. I've been a Role Model for my Learner Leo since April 2012. Over the past year and a half I've seen Leo grow so much - learning the alphabet, mastering counting, writing like a champ, and all the while becoming more confident with his English, expanding his attention span, and developing interests in the world around him. But it's not just Leo who benefits, Leo's mom, Maria, sits in on every lesson, often with Leo's older brother and younger sister participating. Leo's younger sister is only 2 but she can sing the ABCs and count along with her brothers. I'm watching the whole family blossom. Another great part of 10BH is the startup mentality. The CEO is always looking for ways to improve the program and welcomes expert assistance whenever it's offered. Plus his enthusiasm is infectious!

Report this organization