Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Referral: 826CHI

Description Volunteers can choose between two different programs. In After-School Tutoring & Writing, volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups with students to encourage their writing, support their homework, and have fun. It's encouraged that tutors commit to coming in on a weekly or biweekly basis for at least three months to maintain consistency and allow for greater relationship-building with students. In the Field Trips program, volunteers support 826CHI staff as they run interactive writing-based workshops for classrooms of students from around the city who are spending a morning in our office. There are several kinds of field trips, such as Storytelling & Bookmaking for 1st-3rd graders, Images & Imagination for grades 5 and up, and Memoir Writing for grades 8 and up. In all field trips, volunteers have the opportunity to engage students one-on-one or in small groups to support and inspire their writing and creativity.

Impact Volunteers work directly with students every day to make sure they feel supported, know that their voice matters, and have fun with writing. 826CHI would not be able to reach as many students as they do each year (2,400+) or provide them with high-quality programs without an enthusiastic and diverse cohort of volunteers.

Time Monday-Fridays, mornings and afternoons, Jan-June, September-December

Volunteer Activity Type Tutoring

Great For

  • Individuals (people who come on their own)
  • Groups (volunteers who come in a group)
  • New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before)
  • Committed Volunteers (people who come on a regular basis)
  • Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older)

Partner Information 826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind, 826chi provides after-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, field trips, in-school support, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.

Requirements for Service

  • Online Application
  • Orientation Meeting < 2 hours 
  • Background Check (Costs between $20-$40)

***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however, a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.*** 

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