AO’s tutoring program is designed to support self-identifying Indigenous youth from grade 6 to grade 12 who are seeking additional academic support in Math and English. This program is two-folded. The first support will be an in-person drop in “homework help” which will be paired with AO’s sports program. Youth can spend time in the open gym or next door in the tutoring space to help work on their Math and English skills, form community, and get active. The second support option is virtual, and video based. If students are unable to join in person, we will have a frequently asked questions video library on the AO Nest which is AO’s Learning Management System. Students will be able to email their English and Math questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and an AO virtual tutor will create a video to answer the proposed question. The video will then be uploaded to the AO Nest for all students to have access to and sent back to the individual student. With a 500% higher school dropout rate for Indigenous versus non-Indigenous students we believe our program can help change the outcomes for Indigenous people.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know if I qualify for tutoring?
If you self-identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis and are in grade 6 – grade 12 you qualify for tutoring at AO, and we will find a tutor to help you meet your academic goals in English or Math.
What materials will I need to participate in this program?
A large portion of tutoring will be offered in-person in Guelph or Kitchener. Getting to and from the center will be the participants responsibility. Please bring any homework you are wanting to work on along with the materials you may need to complete it. We will have some materials available at the centre but its best practice to bring what you may need if it is accessible to you. For example, paper, pens, highlighters, calculators etc.
Who is eligible to become a tutor?
AO is currently looking for tutors that are university students either at the graduate or undergraduate level, with a keen interest in Bachelor of Education students. In addition to having an advanced educational background we also value tutors who have experience working with youth in an educational or extracurricular setting. Tutors are required to pass a police vulnerable sector check, have sound knowledge of grade 6 – grade 12 school courses and curriculum, are able to meet in person in Kitchener or Guelph, and have the ability to create a safe and inclusive environment working with a diverse population. AO tutors must have good interpersonal skills, be friendly and patient, while also being strong communicators.
How are tutors selected?
Tutors will undergo a thorough screening process before engaging with the youth. The tutor selection process starts with the written application involving answering questions related to why they want to be a volunteer tutor at AO and why they are a good fit (a link to this application can be found on our website). Once the tutoring manager has read through the application, selected applicants will move on to the interview stage which will determine if the candidate is the right fit for the organization and position. From here, onboarding training will take place to ensure the tutor will be well equipped and prepared to start their role.
Do I have to self-identify as indigenous to become a tutor?
No, tutors do not have to self-identify as Indigenous. However, we do encourage Indigenous applicants and priority will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants. If you do not self-identify as Indigenous and are interested in tutoring, we are looking for candidates that agree with the objectives and philosophy of Anishnabeg Outreach and someone who displays a caring, respectful attitude toward the families and team members. AO tutors must also have a good understanding of the communities we serve and seek to build equitable opportunities for participation.
What subjects will be covered in tutoring sessions?
Tutors will be able to help with predominately Mathematics and English. Students will be able to pick the grade level and subject they need support in and be matched with a qualified tutoring for that subject area.
Where and when will tutoring take place?
The program is set to start September 15th, 2022 and run until December 15th, 2022. Families will be required to re-register come January 2023 and will be notified of the new dates, times, and locations for the winter month programming. There will be in-person drop in “homework help” which will be paired with AO’s sports program. Youth can spend time in the open gym or next door in the tutoring space. Drop-in sessions will be taking place in Kitchener at Country Hill Community Center (100 Rittenhouse Rd.) on Thursdays from 4-6pm. Our Guelph location and time is still to be determined. If students are unable to join in person, we will also have a frequently asked questions video library on the AO Nest which is AO’s Learning Management System.