Times of day
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
1276 N Milwaukee Ave
826CHI is packed four afternoons a week with students in 1st through 8th grade working on their homework and sharpening their creative writing skills. Volunteer tutors help students with any and all homework assignments and lead students in daily creative and expository writing activities. Student writing created during tutoring is published in small chapbooks throughout the year, and we regularly host student readings for parents, tutors, and families.
- Set daily goals with students
- Guide student responses to a creative writing prompt or “Writing Rally,”
- Assist students with their homework
- Help them read, socialize and play board games.
- Three times a year, students revise their writing and publish their work in a chapbook. To celebrate their writing, we host a party where students read their published work aloud to an audience of volunteers, staff, family, and community members. Tutors are highly encouraged to attend.
- Ability to manage and tutor a small groups of 2-3 students independently
- Ability to engage youth and lead conversations
- Outgoing individual who has experience working with diverse cultures.
- Has patience, stamina, and flexibility to work in a busy, active environment with frequent interruption.
- An eagerness to work with young people
- Patience and persistence
- Clear communication skills
- A willingness to listen to young people and have fun with them
- Passion for betterment of youth and enjoys working with people of all ages.
- Can commit to at least one school semester
- Former tutoring or teaching experience a plus!
- Tutoring runs Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00 pm.
- Tutors in 826CHI’s After-School Tutoring & Writing program commit to tutoring for at least one semester and ideally for the entire school year.
- Tutors come in on a recurring weekly or biweekly basis between 3:00 pm and 6:00pm.
- Training entails shadowing an experienced tutor for a day, reading the Tutor Presentation, and completing a brief survey.
How To Apply
In order to sign-up, we ask you to take the following three steps:
- Fill out a short volunteer application at 826CHI. This application can be found at https://www.826chi.org/volunteer-form. As a part of this application, you will select a date to attend an hour-and-a-half New Volunteer Orientation at 826CHI, 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave, 60622.
- Attend a New Volunteer Orientation session. During this meeting, 826CHI staff will fill you in on all the specifics of programming and volunteering. To complete the application process, you will also be asked to fill out just a smidge more paperwork and a required background check.
- Sign-up for volunteer activities on our website. Once your background check has been approved, we will send you a welcome email with a link to our online volunteer calendar where you can sign up for opportunities as they fit your schedule. From this point on you will receive bi-weekly volunteer opportunities email highlighting upcoming events.
It’s that simple. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.