The Achieve Volunteer Tutor Program Celebrates 20 Years!
June 5th, 6:30-9:30 PM at Orange Lawn Tennis Club
Please join us as we recognize program founder, Deborah Prinz, and the foundations that have provided major program support: the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation, Haberman Family Foundation, and the Orange Orphan Society. Featuring “wine tasting and conversation” with Hank Zona of The Grapes Unwrapped, hors d’oeuvres, music, and a raffle drawing for six exclusive prizes. To buy an ad in the program journal, receive an invitation or get more information, click here.
Achieve’s hallmark tutoring program improves the academic performance of children who are struggling with their schoolwork by pairing them with trained volunteer tutors. The initiative was started in 1997, based on the notion that children who are not reaching their full academic potential may benefit from the help of a free tutor.
Each year, about 250 tutors — adults and students — are trained to assist over 300 students in grades kindergarten through 12 who are referred to the program by their teachers. Achieve’s tutors help students overcome academic challenges and gain confidence. Moreover, students who tutor for Achieve reinforce their own learning and develop leadership skills.
Click here to watch an interview on SOMAtv about the tutoring program.
Becoming a Tutor
No formal teaching experience is necessary to be a tutor. Teachers in the school district lead required training workshops for tutors and supervise tutoring sites in the public schools. To participate, all volunteers must:
- Complete an application
- Give a brief interview
- Participate in the tutor training program
- Make a commitment of at least one hour per week for eight or more
Prospective Student Tutors
Click HERE for the high school student volunteer application.
(CHS students paper copies are also always available in the counseling center).
Questions? Please email Amy Forman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective Adult Tutors
Requesting a Tutor
Contact Amy Forman, program coordinator, via email at email@example.com.
My son enjoyed working with the volunteer on Saturdays. I think that experience helped him a great deal. The tutor helped him by setting a good example and being interested in his development.
I really enjoyed working with the children and I looked forward to going there every week! I hope to do this again next year!
The kids’ confidence and skill improved. The teacher was very easy to work and communicate with. I got a great feeling from helping, and it took only minimal effort and a little patience!
My tutor was really funny and I had a huge improvement in geometry.
It took me out if the equation and let my son self-advocate and be mentored by a peer.
He went from a D+ in eighth-grade math to a B+ in eighth-grade math and a certificate of achievement in math at the honors ceremony.
The best part of my experience with the Achieve tutor program was knowing that my student was getting the extra help that she needed in a safe and comfortable environment.
The student completed his homework with much more frequency and success when he attended his tutoring sessions.
As a tutor, I enjoyed getting to know more students in my district. Also, I felt good about being able to go back to my middle school and give back by tutoring students. As a student, I received a great tutor. My tutor was very helpful and patient.
Tutor who was once a tutee