Tutor With Us
What do our tutors do?
Tutors volunteer at our after-school programs to work one-on-one or with small groups of refugee students to increase assignment completion rates.
Volunteers also work with youth to increase their vocabulary and basic math skills, review class materials, build effective study habits, and prepare them for upcoming tests. Volunteers might help students with reading, school projects, and college or job applications; they may bond over playing a board game or doing art together.
No matter what the activity is, our students always benefit from having a caring team of volunteers that spend time helping them succeed.
All volunteers assist students in a group setting alongside local partner organizations and community members. Each program location is staffed by at least one RYP teacher and has a unique schedule and program options based on the age range and interests of the student population.
Program Locations and Descriptions
Moravia Park Elementary School
Moravia Park Elementary School is located at 6201 Frankford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21206. This is in the Moravia/Frankford neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore, which is about 5 miles from downtown. Approximately 30-50 volunteers work here each semester, from Loyola University Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Notre Dame Preparatory School, Institute of Notre Dame, Towson University, Archbishop Curley, and local workplaces. Volunteer help students in Kindergarten through 5th grade with homework, English language practice, reading, and basic math. Moravia is RYP’s largest after-school site, serving more than 100 youth from DR Congo, Eritrea, Syria, and Sudan. This site is a good choice for energetic volunteers that like younger kids!
Our after-school program at Moravia Park Elementary School takes place every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year.
Patterson High School
Patterson High School is located at 100 Kane St, Baltimore, MD 21224. This site is in East Baltimore near Johns Hopkins Bayview and is held in a classroom at the school. Volunteers help students in 9th-12th grades complete their homework assignments, finish school projects, practice English, and prepare for college. Many tutors here come from Loyola University Maryland, Goucher College, or are working professionals. While the homework subject levels are more advanced, tutors tend to work more one-on-one with individuals. We have students from DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Mauritania, Syria, and Sudan at this site.
Our after-school program at Patterson High School takes place every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year.
What We’re Looking For
We need committed, dedicated volunteers who can come to our programs regularly during the school year! Volunteers must be available at least one day per week during our after-school program times and attend consistently over the course of a semester.
Since RYP’s programming schedule is largely based on the availability of university student volunteers, our programs are held for 13-15 weeks from late September to early December, and from late January to early May.
Requirements for Tutors
- Must be in high school or above
- Pass a fingerprint-supported state/federal background check if age 18 or older
- Attend a tutor orientation session prior to beginning service
- Have availablity during after-school times (usually between 3:30-5:45 p.m.) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays
- Able to commit to volunteering at least one day per week for the duration of a semester
- Commitment to working with youth and English language learners
- Ability to work independently
- Patience, creativity, and enthusiasm
- Strong knowledge of effective behavior management
- Interest in learning about resettlement and refugee issues, including ethnic backgrounds of clients
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English
Additional fluency in a language (e.g. Swahili, Nepali, Tigrinya, Arabic, Burmese and/or Chin dialects, Kinyarwanda) is a bonus but not required!
Ready to Get Involved?
Here’s what to do next:
We’ll be in touch with you to let you know about open opportunities.
You made it! We hope you enjoy working with our wonderful students.
If becoming a tutor doesn’t work with your schedule and interests, don’t worry! You can still get involved.
Volunteer as a mentor
This program is for adults, ages 21 and over, who can spend at least 2 hours per week with a youth or single mother for a minimum of 12 months. It’s a home-based mentoring program and the times/days of the week you meet with your mentee are flexible!
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Support our work
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Other ways to get involved
Do you have skills, time, or energy you can contribute to our program above and beyond what you see here? Perhaps you’re looking to partner with RYP as a school or as an artist, or you want to see what else is an option. Learn about some other ways you can get involved by clicking below.