SUCCESS in the Middle
(Students Ultimately in Charge of their Character, Effort, Skills and Support) The mission of SUCCESS in the Middle is to recruit, train and screen volunteer tutors and mentors, then connect them with middle schoolers who could use a little extra support developing the skills needed for their future education, career, family life and civic life.
WHO: Volunteer tutors and/or mentors typically meet one-on-one or with 2-3 middle school students, or they “float” in a classroom or after-school program.
WHEN: Once a week or twice a month over lunch or after school
WHY: To help with homework, strengthen basic math or reading skills, set goals, practice problem-solving and decision-making, play board games or sports, share a skills or interest or just talk about school and life.
HOW LONG: Volunteers often commit to the school year or semester or summer, but some choose a shorter-term commitment (math or social studies homework help, usually) or even one time, just to see what it’s like.
PROCESS: Click here to provide your contact info, preferences and availability . The info you provide will be used to connect you with a volunteer coordinator at a school, neighborhood site or agency that clearly fits your schedule, preferences, etc. You’ll attend an hour-long training, complete the required paperwork, then be matched with a student or small group.
THE KIDS: Students have been recommended by teachers or parents for academic, social or behavioral reasons or the students themselves have asked to be in an interest group or asked for academic help (usually math or social studies). Non-compliant students are only assigned to volunteers who specifically indicate they are open to meeting with a challenging child.
GOOD VOLUNTEER QUALITIES: Caring people with good listening skills.
CURRENT VOLUNTEERS: Click here to see a list of the kind, caring souls who are already engaging with middle schoolers this year. (If you are mentoring or tutoring a middle schooler and don’t see your name, let us know!)
QUESTIONS: Got a question before you sign up? Click here.