Helping Neighbors: F.I.S.H. Volunteers Offer Tutoring
October 1-5 is National Tutoring Week, and FISH would like to honor their tutors by bringing awareness to the FISH OF SANCAP Volunteer Tutoring Program. This program is offered to children and adults in numerous subjects and at various levels. FISH Volunteer tutoring involves a combination of instruction and assisting with assignments, on a one-on-one basis.
“I’ve talked with a few parents who say their child needs extra help, but they cannot find or afford a tutor,” states Kathy Y. Monroe, Program Director. “At FISH, we have discovered that tutoring works. One-on-one tutoring, in conjunction with the teacher’s curriculum, makes a measurable difference for students. We have very knowledgeable volunteers who are ready, willing and able to assist. If for some reason FISH cannot locate a volunteer for a certain subject matter or level, FISH may be able to provide financial assistance for a specifically skilled and trained tutor outside of our volunteer base.”
Students may be elementary, middle or high school students as well as adults who are continuing their education or seeking assistance with ESOL. When inquiries are made about the Tutoring Program, FISH gathers information on subject, student’s level, struggle points, and expectations and matches them with a FISH Volunteer tutor. Once matched, student and tutor are responsible for making their own arrangements as to time, location, number of days per week, etc. It’s flexible, and it’s predictable. Most tutoring programs will ask for an ongoing commitment; however, the FISH Tutoring Program works with the student’s schedule and availability and can stop and restart as need be. FISH monitors the participant’s success through discussion with the student, parent (where applicable) and tutor.
FISH Volunteer Tutors are former teachers and business people who get to share what they know, not only about the subject matter, but also about how success in school has made a difference in their lives. The extra attention and assistance the student receives can strengthen the student’s sense of self-worth and self-confidence as well as boost their GPA.
If you're interested in learning more about the FISH Volunteer Tutor Program, please contact Kathy Y. Monroe, Program Director at 239-472-4775. Those interested in becoming volunteer tutors and helping students get more out of their education and have a solid foundation for future learning, may contact Maria Espinoza at 239-472-4775 to become a volunteer tutor!