The SHC tutor is the friendly face who knocks on the door for the weekly English lesson.
For refugees and immigrants who are new to the United States, one of SHC’s greatest resources are the volunteers who provide in-home tutoring. The SHC tutor is the familiar, friendly and trusted face who knocks on the door each week to help our students learn basic English skills. In-home tutoring is a stepping-stone towards breaking down the isolation that a newcomer may experience after first arriving in the U.S. In some instances, tutors become trusted family advocates and help SHC identify situations when families could benefit from connections to appropriate community resources.
In-home tutors are equipped with ongoing support, training opportunities, and tips and tools.
Many SHC in-home tutors have no prior experience teaching English but are motivated by a desire to welcome newcomers to our community and help them thrive. This is why SHC provides all of our tutors with ongoing support and opportunities to share experiences with their peers. Individuals who would like to volunteer with SHC should expect to attend an information session, undergo criminal and credit history background screenings, and to shadow another tutor before they are matched with a student. After tutoring begins, volunteers have continuing enrichment opportunities including:
- Monthly tutor meetings.
- Quarterly tutor trainings.
- Regular email updates with tutoring tips, tools and techniques.
- SHC field trips, events and celebrations.