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 and Harding high schools in St. Paul to provide academic, cultural and social support for Karen youth who have been in the U.S. under 5 years. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they focus on academic support by providing homework help for students.
- Help high school students with homework one-on-one or in small groups
- Assist the KOM Youth Coordinator with monitoring the students (making sure they are on task or have completed their homework)
Time commitment: Tutor during afterschool program on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 2-4pm. Program begins in October.
Location: Humboldt High School or Harding High School.
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 log their hours at the start and end of their volunteering each day into our online database.
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 interest in tutoring and be subject to a background check. The volunteer will be connected with the Youth Coordinator who leads the afterschool program. Other requirements of Saint Paul Public Schools will be discussed during the interview (including checking in at the school’s main office upon entering and exiting the school).