ESOL tutors work either 1-on-1 or with small groups of students in the South Bronx United Youth Development Program who are currently designated as English Language Learners (ELL). Tutoring is a mix of homework help and, for the Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, a set curriculum aimed at ensuring that they pass the Regents Exams, SATs, and fulfill all of their graduation requirements respectively. This is the same course of study that all of the non-ELL students follow. Tutors meet with students, ages 11-18, for 2 hours on a set day every week. Tutors work with the same group of students every week. This provides tutors the opportunity to build relationships and to serve as a positive role model in youths' lives while also promoting the importance of education.
6 th - 9 th grade students come Monday through Thursday from 4:00 - 6:00pm.
10 th - 12 th grade students come Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00pm.
1 st Semester: September - January
2 nd Semester: February - June
Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports, Mott Haven HS Campus, 730 Concourse Village West, Bronx, NY 10451
South Bronx United is looking for highly motivated, energetic volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of South Bronx youth. Volunteers with some experience teaching ELL students are preferred. Proficiency in Spanish and/or French is also a plus. Volunteers should possess a general knowledge of 6 th - 10 th grade subject areas and feel comfortable teaching youth how to utilize the resources available to solve problems, guiding them through the process rather than simply providing answers. It’s not expected that tutors will be experts in all subject areas or know the answers to everything!!!
ESOL Teachers are asked to commit to 2 hours, one day a week for at least one semester (Sept-Jan or Feb-June). However, if a teacher would like to be more involved, he/she is always welcome.
An orientation and training will be provided before beginning service to provide general guidelines, best practices, tutoring tips and to go over the specific needs of the students.
In addition to helping provide the resources and support to allow underserved students to thrive in school, SBU is happy to connect with your school to see if your volunteer hours can work toward academic requirements.
Youth participating in the program are also members of the South Bronx United Travel Soccer Teams. Tutors are welcome and encouraged to come out and see a game or get involved in a practice as SBU youth are extremely passionate about the sport and it’s a great way to connect with them.