What does it take to become a tutor or mentor?
Below are a few characteristics that are ideal for Find an Hour tutors and mentors:
- Sticking with your commitment to your great kid
- Interest in working with kids
- Good moral character and integrity
- Valuing the importance of education in the lives of our kids and community
- Interest in learning new things
- Having a skill that you’d like to share
Frequently Asked Questions:
Should I become a volunteer tutor/mentor?
What’s the difference between tutoring and mentoring?
Where and when will volunteer tutoring/mentoring take place?
How can I find the nearest mentoring/tutoring program site?
How many hours will I need to commit?
I’ve never been a tutor/mentor before, what kind of training will I receive?
I need to meet a minimum number of service hours this semester—can I volunteer for more hours each week?
How do I sign up?
I am/I know a student who needs some tutoring! How do you enroll as a student?
My organization has a need for tutors/mentors, how do we get involved?
- Should I become a volunteer tutor/mentor?
Volunteering as a tutor or mentor is a great way to give back to your community and help great kids become successful adults. Interacting with kids in this setting will develop your academic, social, and leadership skills; you will also be gaining experience as a tutor. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
- What’s the difference between tutoring and mentoring?
Tutoring often involves a more academic focus (i.e. homework tutoring, math tutoring, English, etc.). While mentoring may also involve academics, it also focuses on personal development of both the mentor and student. This can mean interacting through games, outings, and other kinds of informal communication. If you’re unsure whether you’d like to be a mentor, keep in mind that many mentors start off as tutors.
- Where and when will volunteer tutoring/mentoring take place?
Where you tutor will depend on what program site you are tutoring at. We have an extensive list of program sites that already serve kids. When you apply to tutor with Find an Hour, you will be able to select a program site that interests you. Whether you’d like to work with elementary kids or teens, would like to tutor close to home or work, chances are there is a program site that fits you! Check out our program sites list.
- How can I find the nearest mentoring/tutoring program site?
You can check out our interactive Google map of all our tutoring/mentoring program sites.
- How many hours will I need to commit?
Most programs ask volunteers to commit one hour per week for at least one semester. Some programs have a more flexible schedule with adults meeting with their child or teen when they can. Consistency is very important for tutoring and mentoring, so please plan on being reliable for your student. And if you want to volunteer occasionally, there are opportunities such as sharing your career path or helping with special events.
- I’ve never been a tutor/mentor before, what kind of training will I receive?
The programs and organizations looking for mentors and tutors are almost always happy to train volunteers to be as effective as possible when ultimately working with students. Potential volunteers can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like Find an Hour to introduce you to representatives from a program.
- I need to meet a minimum number of service hours this semester—can I volunteer for more hours each week?
This is a question to ask your program site. In most cases, programs are more than willing to accommodate tutors and mentors who are interested in finding more than one hour a week.
- How do I sign up?
Simply select an age range of kids that you’d like to tutor or mentor. Browse the programs in Tacoma that need volunteers and select one that interests you. Then, fill out the form to send an email directly to the program’s coordinator. If you cannot decide on a program then let us help! Contact email@example.com, we can help you find a program that fits your schedule and interests.
- I am/I know a student who needs some tutoring! How do you enroll as a student?
Parents and kids who are interested in tutoring or mentoring from Find an Hour partners should enroll to participate at one of the program sites listed here. Also, many schools offer tutoring, so check there as well.
- My organization has a need for tutors/mentors, how do we get involved?
If your organization is in need of caring adults to volunteer as mentors or tutors, then you have come to the right place. There are no requirements to become involved! Get your program/organization involved and listed on the Find an Hour website by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.