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The ideal volunteer tutor is someone seeking to make a commitment to help someone else make the change of a lifetime. For our volunteer tutors, an education background is helpful, but not necessary. The most important qualities are patience, an open mind, and resourcefulness. Tutors also need to be non-judgmental and sensitive to cultural differences. In addition, tutors must be aware of the confidential nature of our work. A GED® or high school diploma is required. Ideal tutors enjoy seeing concrete outcomes from their efforts and sharing in the life-changing successes of others.
1. Submit a Volunteer Interest Form or call 843-839-1695.
2. Attend an orientation. Once you submit a form, you will be contacted on when the next available Volunteer Tutor Orientation will be held.
3. Attend tutor training. You will sign up for training in your program of interest at the end of the orientation session.
4. Get matched with a student. The program coordinator will match you with a student or small group of students who correspond to your preferences. The program coordinator will assist you in setting the date, time, and public location of your first meeting. After that, you will schedule your tutoring sessions directly with your student. During this first meeting you will identify goals and determine the frequency of sessions.
5. Start tutoring. You will be responsible for submitting monthly reports of the student’s progress in a timely manner. These reports include hours completed and materials covered. See example here.
Both tutors and students benefit from the time they spend together. Students find their lives are enriched as they learn valuable life-skills and achieve their goals. Tutors are rewarded by knowing they have helped their student learn and grow.
For information about our next tutor orientation, Please call us at (843.839.1695) or submit a Volunteer Interest Form