Youth Tutor: After-School

Name of agency and statement of purpose:  The Karen Organization of Minnesota’s (KOM) mission is to enhance the quality of life for Karen and other refugees from Burma in Minnesota by assisting refugees to settle, integrate and become increasingly self-sufficient while fostering cultural knowledge and understanding.

Title: Youth Tutor

Purpose/objective: KOM leads afterschool programs at Humboldt High School and Middle School, Harding High School, and Washington Technology Magnet School. These afterschool programs in St. Paul provide academic, cultural and social support for Karen youth. Volunteer tutors will focus on providing homework help for students on designated tutoring days.

*Due to COVID-19, we require masks to be worn by all volunteers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help high school students with homework one-on-one or in small groups
    • Homework subjects vary by student, but include general high school courses (English reading and writing, History, Math, Science)
    • Encourage students to practice study skills
  • Practice English reading, writing, or conversation with students who have limited English proficiency

Time commitment: Available to tutor at least 2 hours/week during the afterschool program. Available tutoring times are from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, Monday through Wednesday.

Location: Tutoring will be in-person for the 2022-2023 year. Tutors will go to the afterschool program at Humboldt High School and Middle School, Harding High School, and/or Washington Technology Magnet School, all located in Saint Paul.

Qualifications: Patient, flexible and self-motivated college students or adults who have a passion to tutor high school students with limited English proficiency.

Measures: Volunteers are required to sign in and out at the start and end of their volunteering each day on our sign in sheet located in the classroom.

Benefits: The tutor has the opportunity to grow their tutoring skills for students with limited English proficiency and enhance their cross-cultural communication skills.

How to apply/contact: Please complete KOM’s Volunteer Application online or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers will complete an interview to discuss their availability and interest in tutoring. The volunteer will be connected with the Youth Coordinator who leads the afterschool program.

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