Tutor and Teach Middle School Students!



Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Breakthrough San Francisco at San Francisco Day School
350 Masonic Avenue
San Francisco
United States


What is Breakthrough San Francisco?

Breakthrough San Francisco is an educational non-profit that supports young people in San Francisco on the path to college and trains outstanding college students for education careers. We are looking for adults, college students, high school students, and SFDS eighth graders to volunteer in our after-school program with academically motivated 5th-8th grade students from underserved communities around San Francisco. All programming takes place at San Francisco Day School (350 Masonic Avenue at Golden Gate Avenue). All volunteers receive extensive training and ongoing support from Breakthrough’s program staff. Our students are motivated, enthusiastic, visionary, and talented.

What will volunteers be doing?

We are looking for tutors/teachers to work with enthusiastic 5th-8th graders through our comprehensive, tuition-free after-school program that promotes academic excellence, youth leadership, and intellectual growth for students from underserved communities around San Francisco.

What is the time commitment?

The commitment is one afternoon per week (Mon from 3:30-5:30pm, Tue from 4:00-6:00pm, Wed from 3:30-5:30pm, or Thu from 4:00-6:00pm), from the week of week of Oct. 8 to the week of Dec. 3.

TUTORING: Volunteers spend the first part of the afternoon tutoring. On Mon. and Wed., tutors are matched with particular students for the duration of the semester to allow for consistency and relationship building. On Tue. and Thur., tutors assist students during “study hall,” where students complete their assignments, practice self-advocacy skills, and work on organization. Tutors are expected to supervise study hall and support students at their table groups throughout the entire session.

TEACHING: Volunteers high school age and older who are interested in an additional leadership opportunity can apply to teach a class as well. After tutoring on Mon. and Wed., volunteers can teach a self-designed academic/elective class of 5-10 fifth and sixth grade students. Teachers must submit a lesson plan each week and are observed during each lesson. On Tue., in lieu of tutoring, volunteers can teach a literacy class to groups of 10-12 seventh grade students. Teachers will use a pre-written curriculum for these classes. Please note that the number of teaching positions is limited, and that those opting to teach are expected to spend time outside of Breakthrough preparing for their classes.

All volunteers will be required to attend a mandatory training on Wed. Oct. 3 from 5:00-8:00pm


  • Training Provided


  • Groups

How To Apply


For more information, visit www.breakthroughsf.org/volunteer or email Michael Duryee-Browner, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, at michael@breakthroughsf.org.

The application is due Fri. Sept. 21 and can be found here: www.breakthroughsf.org/volunteer