Community volunteers sought to tutor local children

Volunteer tutors are being sought to support the learning of local children.

Healthy Cities Tutoring is a 25-year-old nonprofit that currently partners with five Redwood City schools and nine San Carlos schools to provide volunteer tutoring support.

At Monday’s City Council of Redwood City meeting, the nonprofit’s executive director Karen Molinari called upon members of the local community to consider becoming a volunteer tutor to local students.

“Educators know the difference a caring tutor can make in their kids’ life, and they appreciate the community members who step forward to volunteer,” Molinari said. “Studies show that when children have just one additional person in their lives, interested, paying attention, cheering them on, it dramatically increases their success.”

The goal of Healthy Cities Tutoring is to match every student that a teacher refers to its program with a tutor.

“But we need your help,” said Molinari. “We need more residents to step up and volunteer.”

Volunteers are typically asked to provide one-on-one tutoring once per week. While in-person tutoring is preferred, remote tutoring is supported. During the height of the pandemic all tutoring was done remotely.

Learning loss and isolation during the pandemic further exposed the need for community mentors to become volunteer tutors, Molinari said.

“All children comes to school with hopes, dreams, and plans for their future, and at times they may need extra support and guidance ot make those dreams a reality,” Molinari said.

For more information on becoming a volunteer tutor, go here.