Tutoring & Mentoring

Many students use their academic skills and life experience with local communities. You can:

  • Tutor elementary students in reading and math
  • Mentor local youth, helping them prepare for college
  • Help an adult learn to read
  • Work one-on-one with an adult learning English as a Second Language


Tutoring and Mentoring Opportunities

There are great organizations near campus and around the city that need tutors and mentors – the list below is just a start.

Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP)

Location: Office is on campus; schools are throughout the surrounding neighborhoods

Transportation: For sites beyond walking distance, NSP offers van transportation to and from schools

Website: http://nsp.uchicago.edu

Opportunities: Classroom support and tutoring for all grades at schools throughout the area.

Gary Comer Youth Center

Location: 71st and Ingleside

Transportion: #4 bus

Contact: 773.358.4100

Opportunity: Tutoring for 1, 2, or 3-hour periods Monday through Thursday, 3-6 pm.

Gads Hill Center

Location: 1919 W. Cullerton – in Pilsen Neighborhood

Transportation: Pink Line

Phone: 312.226.0963, ext. 286

Opportunities: Volunteers are needed as E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) tutors, to help with after-school programs in drama and music, health, sports, and journalism, and as tutors/mentors for kids ages 12-18.

STRIVE Tutoring

Location: 5001 S. Ellis

Transportation: Walking distance

Contact: Lizzy Boosalis, strivetutoring@sbcglobal.net

Opportunity: Tutoring for grades 1-12. Mon. 6:30-8:00, Tues.-Fri. 3:00-5:00, and Sat. 10:00-noon.

Washington Park Youth Program

Location: On campus

Phone: 312.565.0257, ext. 223

Commitment: Two hours per week for most programs, one time general training session required of new volunteers

Opportunities: Both weekly and weekend reading, tutoring, and mentoring programs for kids pre-K through high school.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact the University Community Service Center to find the perfect opportunity for you.