The SHC tutor is the friendly face who knocks on the door for the weekly English lesson.
For refugees and other people who are new to the United States one of the greatest challenges is meeting and getting to know native English speakers. SHC understands this. Its greatest resources is the network of volunteers that provide in-home English language tutoring. The SHC tutor is the familiar and trusted face who comes by every week to converse in English and help our students to develop comfort with everyday English vocabulary. In-home tutoring is the first step toward lessening the isolation that a newcomer may experience upon arriving in the U.S. In some instances, a tutor becomes a trusted family advocate. A tutor may also help SHC identify situations where families could benefit from increased support, or referral to appropriate community resources.
In-home tutors are equipped with ongoing support, training opportunities, and tips and tools.
While many SHC in-home tutors have no prior experience teaching English they are motivated by a desire to welcome newcomers to our community and help them thrive. To this end SHC provides all of our tutors with ongoing support and opportunities to connect with one another in order to share best practices and experiences. Individuals who would like to volunteer with SHC are expected to attend an information session, to undergo criminal and credit history background screenings, and to shadow a more experienced tutor before they are matched with a student. Once the tutoring begins volunteers have continuing enrichment opportunities including: