The following is a list of volunteer opportunities available for those interested in either mentoring and/or tutoring younger students all throughout Western Queens. These organizations will all accept volunteers on an ongoing basis:
1). Urban Upbound is seeking college students to serve as mentors to low-income high school students through its College Access program. Mentors should be available to work for at least one semester beginning on Tuesday, February 25. The minimum commitment should involve one 2-hour mentor training and orientation session, ten 1-hour sessions on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the organization's LIC headquarters, and about 1 hour per week towards lesson planning for the following session.
Urban Upbound is dedicated towards providing 10th-12th grade public housing residents in Western Queens with Kaplan SAT preparation courses, college prep workshops and trips, financial aid planning, job readiness workshops and internship/employment opportunities.
Location: 38-81 13th Street Long Island City, NY
Telephone: 718-784-0877 ext. 330
Website: Urban Upbound
2). The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House is looking for individuals to tutor middle school students. Potential tutors must possess a knowledge of and ability to explain major middle school academic subjects to students, serve as positive role models in teaching students how to develop good study habits and test-taking abilities, and be patient and supportive of their pupils. Tutoring sessions will take place on Monday and Thursday afternoons.
The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House was founded in 1888 as a non-profit organization that would serve local youths, adults, seniors, and families living in and around Western Queens, particularly within the Queensbridge and Ravenswood Housing settlements.
Location: Ravenswood Community Center- 35-40 21st. Street Long Island City, NY 11106
Telephone: 718-784-7447 ext. 133
3). Hour Children is looking for individuals to tutor children from between the ages of 5-12. Tutoring involves homework help, reading time sessions, and assistance with special activities. The program runs from Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. Volunteers must fill out an application, undergo an interview, pass a reference check, and then attend an orientation session.
Location: 36-11 12th Street Long Island City, NY 11106
Telephone: 718-433-4724 ext: 301
Website: Hour Children
4). P.S. 166 is searching for individuals to act as literacy coaches to its students. These individuals must be skilled in reading and writing, possess strong interpersonal skills, have an enthusiasm for working with young children, and be punctual; Spanish language proficiency is a plus and coaches must be available for work in the afternoons from Monday through Thursday.
Location: P.S. 166- 33-09 35th Avenue Queens, NY 11106
Telephone: (718) 784-7447 ext: 133
Website: To apply, please visit this website.
5). I Have a Dream NY is searching for adults to tutor high school students aged 14-17 in English and Social Studies. Volunteers should be able to help students improve their reading comprehension and writing skills, and aid them in studying for their history tests and in writing essays. Regents prep books will be provided to help students in preparing for statewide exams in English Language Arts, Global and American History; tutoring schedule is flexible and can thus be tailored to your time.
Locations: 35-40 21st Street Long Island City, NY 11106
14-01 36th Avenue 1A Long Island City, NY 11106
Telephone: (718) 472-5589
Website: I Have a Dream NY
6). South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) is seeking dedicated tutors to help 9th-12th graders after school from March-June. Tutors must be available from 4:30-7 p.m. Monday-Friday (any day of the week) or 1:30-5 p.m. Saturdays. Individuals with prior tutoring experiences are preferred, as well college and/or graduate students.
SAYA! is a non-profit dedicated towards helping out and advocating on behalf of low-income South Asian youth in New York City. Their programs are offered at schools and other sites throughout Queens, and include courses in leadership development, academic support, college preparation, employment training and placement, sports and artistic opportunities, as well as counseling and social services.
Location: 5405 Seabury Street Elmhurst, NY 11373