The San Francisco Education Fund’s K-12 Tutoring & Classroom Support Program engages community volunteers to actively build relationships with students, improving their academic skills and resiliency. Volunteers fill a variety of roles in K-12 classrooms across San Francisco public schools, and serve as powerful role models who help students know they have a personal champion and who help them build a deeper connection with their education.
This program started 60 years ago, when Gretchen de Baubigny visited a classroom in San Francisco’s Western Addition to read aloud to students. Soon after, a student asked her when she would be back. Gretchen saw an opportunity to engage the San Francisco community in our public schools, to provide the one-on-one attention students need to excel.
Tutors and Classroom Assistants will:
Want to become a tutor or classroom assistant?
Please visit https://www.mindfulartssf.org for updates.
With just one hour a week, you can bring mindfulness and social-emotional learning to San Francisco public school classrooms. Learning to understand emotions and how to manage them with skill is one of the most important lessons any human being can learn. Based on Andrew J. Nance’s “Mindful Arts in the Classroom” curriculum, volunteers will teach elementary school students various techniques to help them cultivate the skill of present-moment awareness.
Want to become a mindfulness volunteer?
Research shows that students who participate in school-based mentoring programs are absent less often, show improved academic performance, and are more likely to attend college. Mentoring is a proven strategy to help students build resiliency and other important life skills.
In contrast to tutoring, mentoring is a non-academic intervention with a student. The San Francisco Education Fund partners with the San Francisco Unified School District’s Mentoring for Success Program to engage community volunteers as mentors for public school students. A volunteer mentor will meet with their student one hour a week on school grounds. Learn more here.
Mentor Training Dates:
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