Public Service Opportunities: Tutoring and Teaching

There are dozens of opportunities to serve as a tutor at Stanford. Here is a guide to help you navigate those options.

Please note: Most organizations invite both undergraduate and graduate students to volunteer. Tutoring sessions for most organizations are during "after school" hours (roughly 3-6pm), unless otherwise noted. Check the website or contact each group for specific times.

Organizations that offer tutoring and teaching opportunities to Stanford students are welcome to submit a profile for this page to stanfordsprees@gmail.com. We ask you to write your profile in the format used below.

Haas Center for Public Service: Education Partnerships

The Haas Center Education Partnerships comprises four mentoring and tutoring programs committed to the development of educational equity in our communities. In each of these programs, tutors serve as volunteers, but student leaders ("tutor coordinators" or "teaching fellows") are paid. Students who participate in one of these programs also qualify for the EdP Mini-Grants.

Preschool Counts

Preschool Counts is a service-learning program in which Stanford undergraduates and master's students have an opportunity to help children from East Palo Alto develop their math skills so they are prepared to succeed in elementary school. Stanford students, both undergraduates and master's students, are taught to provide an engaging, state-of-the-art early math program for preschool-age children at the Ravenswood Child Development Center. Training provided.
Grade Level : Preschool
Time Commitment : 1 hour x 2 days/week
Location : East Palo Alto. Transportation provided.
Compensation : Student Leaders. Tutors volunteer.
Notes : This tutoring group is faculty sponsored by the Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Deborah Stipek. She teaches an accompanying course winter quarter, Education 171, restricted only to Preschool Counts volunteers.
Contact : Elizabeth Figueredo, efigueredo@stanford.edu
Website : https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/haas/students/preschool-counts

Ravenswood Reads

Ravenswood Reads supports readers in kindergarten through third grade by pairing Stanford tutors with children to help improve their decoding and comprehension skills. As a volunteer with the Ravenswood Reads Program, you will develop lasting relationships with children, learn strategies for assisting struggling reader, and participate in a service project and contribute to the local community. Training provided.
Grade Level : Kindergarten-3rd Grade
Time Commitment : 40 minutes x 2 days/week
Location : East Palo Alto. Transportation provided.
Compensation : --
Notes : Ravenswood reads is supported by the research and expertise of Professor Connie Juel, a renowned expert in literacy acquisition. She teaches a course, Educ 103A/203A, in the fall for Ravenswood Reads volunteers. This course is required for fall quarter volunteers, but not for winter and spring quarter volunteers.
Contact : Julie Wilson, jawilson@stanford.edu
Website : https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/haas/students/ravenswoodreads/involvement

Science in Service

Science in Service (SIS) is a unique collaboration of Stanford students, science and engineering faculty, service-learning educators, and Peninsula community organizations. The program connects Stanford students to youth in neighboring communities through science mentorship and after-school science programs, providing Stanford students a unique opportunity to learn about and participate in science outreach. Training provided.
Grade Level : 4th-7th Grade
Time Commitment : 2-2.5 hours x 2 days/week. Minimum commitment of one quarter. Returning tutors are welcome.
Location : Boys & Girls Club (off-campus). Transportation provided.
Compensation : Tutors volunteer; work-study funding available.
Leadership : SiS Coordinator, commits to 1 full academic year, 8-10 hours per week, approx. $14/hour. Develops lesson plans for the science mentors.
Contact : Kelly Beck, kbeck@stanford.edu
Website : https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/haas/students/sis/involvement

East Palo Alto Stanford Academy (EPASA)

Interested in children, youth and education? Want to work with middle school students in the local community? Join EPASA and become part of a longstanding legacy! Established in 1986, the EPASA offers an exciting full two-year learning opportunity for seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Ravenswood City School District. EPASA participants are highly motivated and represent differing academic abilities and socio-cultural backgrounds. EPASA challenges participants to learn with an academically enriching program that complements and enhances the curriculum offered by the district. The program also works to ensure a successful transition from middle school to high school by empowering students with increased social awareness as well as the skills and strategies needed to effectively pursue educational opportunities in high school. Training provided.
Grade Level : 7th and 8th Grade
Time Commitment : Saturday 12-2pm, prefers full year commitment
Location : Haas Center (on-campus)
Compensation : Tutors volunteer; community service work-study funding available.
Leadership : EPASA offers multiple leadership opportunities, including tutor coordinators, teaching fellows, tutor engagement and outreach officers, and more. Contact Theresa Metz for more information.
Contact : Theresa Metz, mtmetz@stanford.edu
Website : https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/haas/students/epasa/involvement

Stanford Tutoring Groups (Non-Haas Affiliated)

These groups offer tutoring opportunities but are not formally affiliated with the Haas Center for Public Service.

Dream Catchers

We target students from low-income families in affluent communities and school districts who are struggling to keep up with their more privileged classmates. We create afterschool classrooms for those students, full of positive energy to inspire learning, hard work, and big dreams, and a nutritious food environment that helps fuel their brains for success.
Grade Level : 6th-8th grade
Time Commitment : 3 hours/week, 9-month commitment
Location : Off-campus
Compensation : Tutors volunteer; $1000 stipend or Federal Work Study available for Healthy Behaviors Program Director and Classroom Directors
Leadership : Multiple opportunities for leadership; visit http://www.dreamcatchersyouth.org/#!volunteer/c16er
Contact : info@dreamcatchersyouth.org
Website : http://www.dreamcatchersyouth.org/

Phoenix Scholars

Through robust year-round mentorship and college admissions consulting The Phoenix Scholars makes sure that first-generation, low-income, and/or minority high school students who want to matriculate to college can. Furthermore, our program empowers students to not only gain acceptance to colleges and universities- but to thrive while they are there and to reach back and assist students from similar backgrounds in their community. Your job as a mentor is to support 1-2 students during the college admissions process. You are required to uphold the following responsibilities: help build a college list, edit personal statement drafts, assist with scholarship applications, and answer any question.
Grade Level : 12th grade
Time Commitment : August-January, 1-2 hours/week
Location : Through Skype
Compensation : --
Leadership : Multiple opportunities for leadership; visit http://phoenixscholars.org/team/
Contact : info@phoenixscholars.org
Website : http://www.phoenixscholars.org

East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring

EPATT is a non-profit youth development organization for K-12th grade students. Our program creates effective partnerships with families, schools, and volunteers to achieve academic and athletic success. Through one-on-one tutoring, tennis instruction, and parent coaching, we prepare students for a productive future.
Grade Level : K-12
Time Commitment : 2-4 hours/week
Location : Taube Family Tennis Stadium (on-campus)
Compensation : Volunteer tutors; Federal Work Study available. Tutor Coordinators receive quarterly stipends or Community Service Work Study.
Leadership : Tutor Coordinators work 12-15 hours/week, receive quarterly stipends. Visit: http://www.epatt.org/docs/Jobs/EPATT_Tutor_Coordinator_Application_2014-15.docx
Contact : info@epatt.org
Website : http://www.epatt.org

Tutoring For Community

Tutoring For Community offers academic support services and mentorship to the children of Stanford's dining, residence, and maintenance employees.
Grade Level : K-12
Time Commitment : Saturday 2:30-4pm, quarterly commitment
Location : Haas Center (on-campus)
Compensation : Volunteer
Leadership : TFC is entirely student-run and offers multiple opportunities for leadership
Contact : tutorforcommunity@gmail.com
Website : Coming soon!

Science Bus

The Science Bus is an after-school science program for children at the East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS), a great school in a low-income part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The program aims to enrich the school's regular science curriculum through a series of hands-on lessons, events and field trips.
Grade Level : 2nd-5th Grade
Time Commitment : 2 hours/week
Location : East Palo Alto.
Compensation : Volunteer.
Leadership : Leadership opportunities available; visit http://sciencebus.stanford.edu/science-bus-leadership/
Contact : http://sciencebus.stanford.edu/contact-science-bus/
Website : http://sciencebus.stanford.edu/

Math Magic

Math Magic provides an after-school math enrichment program for elementary students at East Palo Alto Charter School. We bring together Stanford students, parents, and teachers to help kids learn essential math skills and develop positive attitudes toward learning.
Grade Level : 1st-4th Grade
Time Commitment : 2 hours/week (travel time included), 7 weeks/quarter
Location : East Palo Alto. Transportation provided.
Compensation : Volunteer.
Leadership : Multiple opportunities for leadership; visit http://mathmagic.stanford.edu/leaders.html
Contact : stanfordmathmagic@gmail.com
Website : http://stanfordmathmagic.weebly.com/

Splash

Splash is the program that brings high school and middle school students from everywhere to Stanford's campus for a two-day learning extravaganza each quarter. Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduates, graduate students, and other community members. Teaching at Splash is all about sharing your knowledge and excitement with eager students. The class topic can be anything you are passionate about (your major, your hobbies, etc.) and at Splash, you have the freedom to design your own class. You decide the class format, the class length, the number of students you want, and what grade range these students should be in.
Grade Level : 6th-12th
Time Commitment : A 1-hour training session for first-time teachers. Classes take place over two days, so you decide your own time commitment (e.g. one 3-hour class, or four 2-hour classes - it's up to you!)
Location : On-campus
Compensation : Volunteer
Leadership : Multiple leadership opportunities.
Contact : stanfordesp@gmail.com
Website : http://www.stanfordesp.org

Non-Stanford Tutoring Groups

These organizations are off-campus but recruit Stanford students.

10BooksAHome

Description: 10BH offers under-served preschool-aged children in East Palo Alto, CA a home-based tutoring and book giving program in exchange for parent engagement. Role Models are trained to conduct playful 1-on-1 lessons with underserved preschoolers that teach them school-readiness skills - including letters, numbers, colors, shapes, writing, and reading - and bring children free books each month from the 10BH library. Additionally, by the completion of 10BH's 2-year program, Learners are well practiced in paying attention, following directions, asking for help, learning new routines, and listening to a teacher, skills that are essential to school success. Parents sign a Parent Participation Contract in which they agree to sit with their child during every lesson, engage in family reading at least 5 days a week, and practice the skill goals that Role Models assign at the end of each lesson. Training for Role Models is provided.
Grade Level : Preschool
Time Commitment : 1 hour/week (Choose Monday-Friday, noon-6:15 pm). Minimum commitment of 6 months.
Location : Student's home in East Palo Alto. Role Models must have a car or arrange their own transportation. You can review safety in FAQ.
Compensation : Volunteer.
Leadership : N/A.
Contact : info@10booksahome.org
Website : http://www.10booksahome.org

Kids' Vision

Description: At Kids' Vision we know that high-achieving students are made, not born. To help 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Hispanic girls in Silicon Valley reach their potential, we offer playful opportunities that will help them develop the STEM and entrepreneurial skills they need to become innovative young adults who are ready to solve the challenges of their world.
Grade Level : 3rd-5th grade girls
Time Commitment : Wednesday 3pm-4:30pm
Location : Rocket Fuel Headquarters in Redwood City. Carpool can be arranged.
Compensation : Volunteer
Leadership : N/A.
Contact : info@kids-vision.org
Website : http://www.kids-vision.org

Mural, Music, and Arts Project

The Mural Music & Arts Project (MMAP) educates, empowers, and inspires youth through participation in the arts by offering year-round, youth development programs in the Bay Area. Its programs include: Teen Mural Project; Health Education Through Art; History through Hip Hop; Public Art Consulting; Graffiti Arts Program; and Community Arts Program. We welcome you to volunteer with MMAP opportunities for creating impact as a youth mentor, tutor, artist, and tech whiz.
Grade Level : Mostly high school and middle school, some elementary school
Time Commitment : Varies by program, see website for more details
Location : East Palo Alto, eastern Menlo Park
Compensation : Volunteer
Leadership : --
Contact : http://www.muralmusicarts.org/contact/index.php
Website : http://www.muralmusicarts.org/give/volunteer.php

CollegeSpring

CollegeSpring partners with schools and community organizations to help students from low-income backgrounds boost SAT scores, navigate college admissions and financial aid, and confidently pursue college degrees. During the academic year, our curriculum is taught by professional teachers. In the spring semester, students work with undergraduate mentors after school to review content and build skills. We seek to hire top undergraduates who will understand the challenges our students face, who have the potential to become strong tutors, and who will inspire our students to imagine new possibilities. As a member of CollegeSpring's staff, you will develop teaching and leadership skills, meet other talented undergraduates, and make higher education a reality for high school students from low-income backgrounds. Training provided. Deadline to apply for the 2015 Spring Semester is Friday, November 7, 2014.
Grade Level : High school
Time Commitment : 4-10 hours/week, Spring Semester
Location : Bay Area. Carpool can be arranged.
Compensation : $10/hour
Leadership : --
Contact : http://collegespring.org/contact-us/
Website : http://collegespring.org/academic-year-mentors/

Atlas

ATLAS connects volunteers with opportunities throughout Sequoia High School. You can have an enormous impact on a student’s life by tutoring and mentoring just once a week as an academic coach. We have different kinds of coaching opportunities available. Some of our academic coaches prefer to work one-on-one with a student each week. Others enjoy working with small groups of students who are working on the same subject or project. Others really enjoy collaborating with our teachers on larger projects and lessons. Please let us know what you would prefer. Academic coaches help students in a number of interesting areas: tough reading assignments, essay writing and editing, math skills, binder organization, study skills, class preparation, college applications, long-term projects and overall advocacy and mentoring.
Grade Level: High school
Location : Sequoia High School in Redwood City
Time Commitment : Flexible scheduling; greatest demand for coaching is between 2:50 and 4:45 Monday-Thursday. Can accommodate all availabilities, from 1 hour/week to longer blocks of time and multiple days.
Compensation : Volunteer or community service work study available.
Leadership : --
Contact : http://atlashs.org/contact/
Website : http://atlashs.org
Notes : Established in 1895, Sequoia High School is the oldest high school in the San Francisco Bay Area between San Francisco and San Jose. Founded as a preparatory school for Stanford University, today it serves approximately 2000 students in grades nine through twelve. Our student body is approximately 60% Latino, 30% white, and 10% African-American, Asian, Pacific Islander and Native American. Nearly 60% of our student body qualifies for Title I services (economically disadvantaged and reading below grade-level). 25% of all Latino students in California drop out of high school... but not at Sequoia! 97% of Sequoia's graduating class goes on to college. For the past four years, Newsweek has listed Sequoia High School in the top 5% of high schools in the nation.