Count UP needs tutors
Count UP is a free after-school math tutoring program for K – 12 students in Central Arkansas. Through this program, created by the Central Arkansas Library System and supported by the ESSER Grant from the Arkansas Out of School Network, experienced tutors are matched with students to provide personalized support and guidance.
- Tutors must be 16 years or older
- Tutors must pass a background check
- Tutors must attend volunteer training
- Tutors must have regular availability on at least one weekday afternoon and/or Saturday each week
“I enjoy being able to engage with young people in the community and help in a small way. It is very eye-opening to see the gaps our students have in education and some of the issues they face in schools (e.g. teacher shortage, excessive standardized testing, technology problems, crime, lack of accountability) that hinders learning or makes it more difficult in the classroom. It seems that tutoring helps to address some of those issues by giving students more one-on-one time to focus on their specific needs.” – Count UP Volunteer
The current group of tutors is varied; there are several retired teachers who still enjoy regular engagement with kids but without the pressures of the classroom. Some are current students who use the opportunity to gain volunteer hours (and yes, Count UP will sign off on your hours!). While others just love to help and want to share the knowledge that they have. The majority of the tutoring sessions take place over Zoom, but there is the opportunity for in-person sessions if interested. Whatever your motivation to volunteer, Count UP could use your help.
“I had two goals when entering this program: to meet graduation requirements at my high school and to expand my skill set to being able to work well with young children. This is not the only tutoring program with elementary schoolers I have worked with, but it has been my favorite! Not only was I able to accomplish both of my goals, I found that I enjoy working with small groups or 1-on-1 lessons. Tutoring is definitely something I will consider again in the future if time and resources allow it!” -Count UP Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor, please fill out the application at cals.org/tutoring. Once your form is received, you will be contacted for an interview.