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Help Students in Need Get on Track to Graduate

HOSC enrolls, screens, trains, and deploys volunteer tutors and mentors to deliver academic and social support. From elementary through high school, our school programs prepare underserved youth to succeed at every level, both in and out of the classroom. These programs similarly offer enriching field opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in need of observation hours.

CHiL

Afterschool homework assistance and social and emotional learning activities for middle school students in Wheeling Township. View program details and tutor application.


Lunch Buddies

In-school tutoring and mentoring for elementary school students in Palatine, Des Plaines, and Mount Prospect. View program details and tutor/mentor applications.


Intergenerational Pen Pals

Senior Corps-RSVP members (aged 55+) meet monthly to correspond with elementary school students in Palatine and Wheeling. View program details.


Service Learning

HOSC engages middle schools and high schools in a variety of service learning opportunites that include lesson plans, hands-on projects, and days of service in the community. Contact Service Learning Coordinator Aaron Wasserman-Olin at aaron@handsonsuburbanchicago.org to inquire about opportunities for your school or classroom.

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Other Tutoring Opportunities

Lunch Buddies: Tutor in Reading at Plainfield Elementary in Des Plaines

Lunch Buddies Tutoring at Plainfield Elementary School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs people aged 55 and over to join Senior Corps-RSVP, one of the nation's largest networks of volunteers, to help inspire a love of reading in low-income students. What: Supported by Senior Corps-RSVP, Lunch Buddies is an in-school tutoring program designed to promote favorable attitudes toward books. The program additionally strengthens the fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills of elementary school kids. Under the supervision of program staff and/or volunteer leaders, volunteers can enjoy lunch and work with small groups of first and second graders. Where and When: We are now accepting applications for the fall semester, which is expected to begin in September and run through December. Volunteer tutors are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10-1:00 PM at Plainfield Elementary School (1850 Plainfield Dr., Des Plaines, IL 60018). Choose and commit to one day or more per week for the school year. Applicants must be willing to undergo a background check. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in early September. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and/or learn new skills. Apply online today! http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Des Plaines, IL

Through 1/31/19

Lunch Buddies: Tutor in Math or Reading at Jane Addams Elementary in Palatine

Lunch Buddies Tutoring at Jane Addams Elementary School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs YOU to help low-income students get the academic support they need to succeed! What: Lunch Buddies is an in-school tutoring program designed to strengthen the foundational reading and math skills of elementary school students (4th, 5th, and 6th graders). Volunteers will work with small groups of students and under the direction of volunteer leaders and/or program staff. Where and When: Volunteer tutors are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Jane Addams Elementary School (1020 East Sayles Drive, Palatine, IL 60074). Choose and commit to one day or more per week for the school year. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In spring 2017, students, on average, improved their automaticity with multiplication and division facts by nearly 10%. Moreover, volunteers have reported that working with students has boosted their self-confidence and given them an incredible sense of personal satisfaction. Apply today: http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Palatine, IL

Through 5/9/19

PALS Middle School Tutors

Partners Assisting Learning in Schools (PALS) adult volunteers to assist grades 6-8 students for after school assistance with their homework assignments, or help them catch up on a late/missing assignments, offer assistance to those who have difficulty with study or organizational skills. Program runs 3:00 - 4:00 every Wednesday. Children love working with their volunteer helpers. Volunteers are supervised by school teaching staff. Many of these students are unwilling or unable to ask for help at home. Volunteers must be 55 years & older.

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 5/24/19

Lunch Buddies: Mentor at Euclid Elementary in Mt. Prospect

Lunch Buddies Mentoring at Euclid Elementary School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs reliable mentors like YOU to provide at-risk students the support they need to flourish in school and beyond. What: Lunch Buddies Mentoring offers students the chance to form stable, trusting relationships with non-family adults. Under the supervision of the school’s social worker, volunteers will work one on one with students, getting to know them by playing games and doing crafts. Applicants must be willing to undergo a background check. When & Where: Lunch Buddies Mentoring will begin in late September and run until early June. The program takes place in 50 min. chunks on Mondays through Fridays from 10:45 am to 1:25 pm at Euclid Elementary School in Mount Prospect (1211 North Wheeling Rd, Mt Prospect, IL, 60056). Choose and commit to one day or more per week. Applicants must be 18 or over. Why: Research has proven that children who have at least one caring adult in their lives achieve more than those who do not. Plus, mentoring is a fun and rewarding experience. Volunteers have consistently reported that working with students has boosted their self-confidence and given them an incredible sense of satisfaction in knowing their contributions have positively impacted their mentees. Apply online today: https://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/lunch-buddies.

Mount Prospect, IL

Through 6/7/19

Afterschool Tutor at Cooper Middle School

CHiL (Afterschool) Tutor at Cooper Middle School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs YOU to help underserved youth get the academic support they need to succeed! What: CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) is an afterschool tutoring program that offers homework help to low-income middle school students. Volunteers will work with small groups of students and under the direction of program staff. Where and When: We are now accepting applications for the spring semester, which is expected to begin in January and run through the end of March. Volunteer tutors are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Cooper Middle School (1050 Plum Grove Circle, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089). Choose and commit to one day or more each week. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and/or learn new skills. Completing community service may also help youth volunteers qualify for scholarships. Make a difference in child’s life. Apply today: http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Buffalo Grove, IL

Through 1/31/19

Afterschool Tutor at London Middle School

CHiL (Afterschool) Tutor at London Middle School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs YOU to help underserved students get on track to succeed! What: CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) is an afterschool tutoring program that offers homework help to low-income middle school students. Volunteers will work with small groups of students and under the direction of program staff. Where and When: We are now accepting applications for the spring semester, which is expected to begin in January and run through the end of March. Volunteer tutors are needed on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:15 pm at Jack London Middle School (1001 West Dundee Road, Wheeling, IL 60090). Choose and commit to one day or more per week. Mandatory orientation and training is TBD in September. Applicants must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. Volunteers have consistently reported that working with students has boosted their self-confidence and given them an incredible sense of satisfaction in knowing their contributions have positively impacted the academic growth of their students. Make a difference in child’s life. Apply today: http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Wheeling, IL

Through 1/31/19

Afterschool Tutor at Holmes Middle School

CHiL (Afterschool) Tutor at Holmes Middle School Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs YOU this fall to help at-risk students get on track to graduate! What: CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) is a volunteer-based afterschool program that provides homework help to at-risk middle school students. In addition to academic support, CHiL at Holmes Middle School in Wheeling offers students social-emotional learning activities. Volunteers generally work with small groups of students and under the direction of program staff. Where and When: We are now accepting applications for the spring semester, which is expected to begin in January and run through the end of March. Volunteer tutors are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:15 pm at Holmes Middle School (221 S. Wolf Rd., Wheeling, IL 60090). Choose and commit to one day or more each week. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Tutoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and/or learn new skills. Completing community service may also help youth volunteers qualify for scholarships. Make a difference in child’s life. Apply today: http://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/tutor

Wheeling, IL

Through 1/31/19