Youth Tutor

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. Tutors focus on academic support by providing homework help for students.

*Due to COVID-19, tutoring is happening online. Distance learning has been challenging for our youth and staff, so we need use your support!* 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help high school students with homework 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

Time commitment: Tutor during the afterschool program on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Times range from 2:00-5:30pm, with some opportunities for day-time tutoring.

Location: Remote volunteer support needed due to COVID-19 (Potential for limited in-person tutoring at a designated location. More info to come)

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. Virtual tutors must log their hours online through our online database system.

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.

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