The Tutoring and Mentoring (TAM) Program is a free after-school program serving “medium-risk” to “high-risk” students in second through sixth grade with reading, math, and basic homework support. Through TAM’s structured educational and recreational activities, we are able to encourage and strengthen the developmental assets in our students which ultimately helps them achieve academic and social success.
The TAM Program occurs afterschool from 2:45 until 4:45 pm at five local elementary schools: Brook Hill, JX Wilson, Lincoln, Monroe and Schaefer.
During the first hour, the TAM Program emphasizes academic assistance by offering one-on-one tutoring. The second hour is spent mentoring in different activities such as sports, arts and crafts, board games, calligraphy, poetry, music, and computer training, etc.
The intention of this program is to help our TAM students develop moral character traits which will help them ultimately become good citizens and assets in our community.
Are you between the ages of 16 and 96 and feel that education is important? Do you care about the future of the youth of this county? If so, then you may be the right person to become a tutor/mentor to a very lucky child.
Our tutor/mentors are volunteers from all walks of life, with a common interest in children and education. The commitment they make is to faithfully meet with their assigned students, one-on-one, for two hours each week while school is in session. As children and their adult tutors get to know each other, a trust develops and along with that trust, a desire to improve. School leaders report TAM students see test scores rise and along with that improved self-confidence and self-discipline.
Interested in sponsoring a child or becoming a tutor? Call Jennifer Freitas, Director of Tutoring & Mentoring, at 707-535-4251, or email her at Jennifer.Freitas@usw.salvationarmy.org.
The requirements are as follows:
- Complete an application, complete with references
- Participate in the orientation and training process
- For the safety of our students, volunteers will be fingerprinted as a part of a DOJ criminal background check
- State Law mandates that all volunteers working in the public schools must have a negative TB test on file