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Our Vision: To Help Eradicate the Illiteracy Epidemic in NYC!

Urban Hope recruits Volunteers to serve in our Literacy Program at our Public & Charter Schools in Staten Island, where our children in K- 2 grades, are struggling the most and reading below their grade levels. The Literacy Program runs from November - June, during the academic year.

The minimum requirement is to assist

One Child, Once A Week, for One Hour. 

Whether you are a High School Student, College Student, Working Class or Retired Professional we are looking for individuals that care about children and their well-being-  those who have the time, skills and heart to be a Mentor & a Tutor. This is a wonderful way of helping and serving your community and an opportunity for students to have field experience. If this describes you, please sign up today!! We need an army of volunteers to be able to service our schools' needs and change the trajectory of our children's lives, in a positive and effective way.   

As a Volunteer Tutor & Mentor, you will be assisting the kids of Staten Island, with their education requirements and with their social development. We would like to have enough volunteers, so that volunteers and students are on a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. The children thrive, when individuals give them guidance and instruction, through the personal attention and engagement.

As an In- Person Tutor, you would be tutoring the children around their free time (most likely their lunch period / after school), at least once a week, per child. You are welcome to help more children and stay additional periods or come in on more days. Literacy Materials are provided to the schools, so Volunteers will have access to beautiful, nonfiction leveled books, phonics charts and practice sheets that reinforce what the student is already learning in their schools. (For ex: letter recognition, phonics, special sounds, sight words, word families, vocabulary, etc.). We encourage that both the student and the volunteer read to each other and work together on the practice sheets. No teaching experience is required and advance preparation is not necessary, just a willing heart who wants to help and make a positive difference. Training is provided for the Volunteers.

Volunteers have the joy of knowing that their time is being used to invest in the lives of children, who will have more of a likelihood of growing up to be teens that will graduate High School. They will become responsible young adults who move on to college and/or have employable skills to work. Volunteers, who are College Students, may also be hired or be given references by the very schools they work in, upon their graduation.

*All Volunteers must follow current DOE Visitor Policy.

Volunteers must also go through a background check and be fingerprinted (there is no cost for this).

The Need for Literacy Tutoring & Mentoring