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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.


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 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