In response to the COVID-19 crisis and its current and future effects on students in Syracuse, Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement and College of Arts & Sciences are working with organizations across the city (see below) and programs across the University—the Shaw Center, the Honors Program, Hendricks Chapel and La Casita—to coordinate a city-wide remote tutoring program. This program will offer subject area and educational technology support to K-12 and early college students across the city beginning on October 5th and continuing through the fall term.

To support this program, we are asking for volunteers willing to participate in remote tutoring and educational technology support. If you’re interested in helping local students through telephone or online tutoring sessions and can commit to participating in at least one 45-minute session a week for the next few months, please complete and submit this brief volunteer form, which asks for your contact information, subject and grade-level preferences, and availability.

PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS

Students across the city are working hard to keep up with essential schoolwork despite limited access to technology, unreliable internet connectivity, and a scarcity of quiet, designated spaces to work. To support their efforts, many educational and community centers are opening their buildings for limited-capacity in-person programming for K-12 and early college students in their communities. We are partnering with the following organizations to connect these students with remote tutors for one-on-one and small group subject area support: Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse; La Casita; Mercy Works at the Vision Center; The North Side Learning Center, and the YWCA.

We will match volunteers with organizations and their students and will help schedule and troubleshoot correspondence. We will also work with organizations to facilitate online volunteer orientation sessions to discuss remote tutoring protocols, risk management requirements, and the broader context of working with students and organizations in the community.

CONTACT

You can send questions and suggestions to Brice Nordquist (A&S Dean’s Professor of Community Engagement), banordqu@syr.edu, and/or Emily Winiecki (Community Engagement Coordinator, Office of Community Engagement), ejwiniec@syr.edu.