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About Volunteering

Heart provides a fun way to build relationships with students while delivering academic skills crucial to their success. Anyone who can commit 1 volunteer hour per week can make an impact.

Please consider being a tutor in the 2017/18 school year!

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering with Heart

Do I see the same student(s) every week?

Yes. The relationship you will build by supporting the same student(s) each week has a tremendous positive impact, and you and your student(s) will enjoy working together to accomplish math goals throughout the year. Each tutoring session is 30 minutes, so most volunteers tutor two students back-to-back for 30 minutes each.

When do you need tutors?

Generally speaking, tutoring sessions are held Monday – Thursday for an early morning session (~7:45 – 8:45AM) and a midday session (~1:30 – 2:30PM). Each school site has a slightly different bell schedule, and you can select the exact time/location that works for you on the sign-up form. Tutoring happens from late September to early May and observes all school holidays.

Do you accept volunteers year-round?

Yes, we appreciate volunteer sign-ups throughout the school year! Ideally, volunteers begin tutoring in late September and continue through April in order to provide students with as much time in the program as possible. However, when a volunteer signs up later in the school year, we are normally able to add students to the program. Many students need extra help in math, and every time a volunteer signs up, an additional student can be tutored.

What is a “Partner Tutor”?

As each student is seen twice per week, a “Partner Tutor” is the other volunteer who sees your student(s) each week. Some volunteers sign up with friends, family, or colleagues and enjoy comparing notes on student progress or covering for each other on weeks when additional schedule flexibility is needed. Others are assigned a Partner Tutor by Heart and communicate using the student’s Progress Log, in which you will record what lesson was completed and what lesson should be used next.

Sometimes I have to travel or attend a last-minute meeting to fulfill work and other commitments I have made, which could conflict with tutoring. Should I still sign up for Heart Math Tutoring?

To sign up for Heart Math Tutoring, you need to be able to tutor your student(s) each week. However, there are some ways to build flexibility into the specific time/day you are tutoring. (1) If you sign up with a partner (friend, colleague), you can “cover” for each other or swap days on weeks when you need more flexibility. (2) It is often fine to reschedule for a different day that week. Simply notify your Heart Coordinator and he/she will make arrangements.

How many students will I be tutoring at once?

Heart volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring. You will be working with only one student at a time. Each tutoring session is 30 minutes, so most volunteers tutor two students back-to-back for 30 minutes each.

How am I trained?

Volunteers commit to weekly tutoring sessions that last either 30 minutes or 1 hour. The first of those weekly sessions is an hour long orientation, where Heart introduces volunteers to the curriculum and session logistics and equips volunteers with a beginning knowledge of the broader context of student and school need. Thereafter, volunteers receive email communication between sessions, on-site support, and optional training workshops on selected weekday evenings. That 98% of over 1,500 students to date have demonstrated significant growth in math is evidence that the curriculum is easy to follow and anyone can be an effective tutor through this program.

Do I have to come up with activities or bring materials for the tutoring sessions?

No, a significant focus of Heart has been making tutoring easy and accessible for community volunteers. Heart provides all the activities, materials, and training for its tutors, laying down most of the ground work so tutors can focus their energy on tutoring.

Math is not a strong subject for me. Would I still enjoy Heart and be an effective tutor?

Yes! You will be following an easy, fun curriculum that features hands-on activities and math games. The lessons involve cubes, playing cards, number shapes, and other manipulatives that allow students to internalize patterns and have fun with the numbers. Heart is designed to strengthen foundational number sense at the elementary level, which ranges from counting, to addition/subtraction of whole numbers, to single-digit multiplication. That 98% of students to date have demonstrated significant growth in math is evidence that the curriculum is easy to follow and anyone can be an effective tutor through this program.

 

Volunteer Tutoring Times and Locations

Tutors are needed in September 2017 for the 2017/18 school year! Locations and times are being finalized in July. Please sign up using the form below. You will be contacted with information on how to begin!

Map of Heart Schools

Click the pin on the map below to see 2017/18 school names and locations. School locations and tutoring times for the 2017/18 school year are being finalized through early August.

Sedgefield Elementary

Sedgefield Elementary, Hartford Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 1:40-2:40PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

University Meadows Elementary

University Meadows Elementary, Pavilion Boulevard, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM, 12:30-1:30PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Sterling Elementary

9601 China Grove Church Road, Pineville, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 11:30-12:30PM, Mid-Day Hour TBD

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Whitewater Academy

11600 White Rapids Road, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 1:00-2:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Lebanon Road Elementary

Lebanon Road Elementary, Lebanon Road, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 1:10-2:10PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Shamrock Gardens Elementary

3301 Country Club Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 12:05-1:05PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Smithfield Elementary

3200 Smithfield Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:50-8:50AM, 1:00-2:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Barringer Academic Center

1546 Walton Road, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States

Tutoring Times: 12:45-1:45PM, 3:00-4:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

First Ward Creative Arts Academy

715 North Caldwell Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States

Tutoring Times: 12:00-1:00PM, 1:30-2:30PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Greenway Park Elementary

8301 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 11:10-12:10PM, 1:10-2:10PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Merry Oaks International Academy

3508 Draper Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 11:45-12:45PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Nathaniel Alexander Elementary

7910 Neal Road, Charlotte, NC, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 12:15-1:15PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Billingsville Leadership Academy

124 Skyland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM, Mid-Day Time TBD

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Highland Renaissance Academy

125 West Craighead Road, Charlotte, NC 28206, United States

Tutoring Times: 11:15-12:15PM, 12:15-1:15PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Montclaire Elementary

5801 Farmbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States

Tutoring Times: 7:45-8:45AM, 12:45-1:45PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 0

Piney Grove Elementary

8801 Eaglewind Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212, United States

Tutoring Times: 8:00-9:00AM, 11:00-12:00PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

Westerly Hills Academy

4420 Denver Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States

Tutoring Times: 8:30-9:30AM, 9:30-10:30AM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 60

 

 

 

Volunteer Sign Up Form

If you are interested in supporting our recruitment efforts, please download our recruitment kit or flyer and help us spread the word!

"Each week the students looked forward to "Heart Days." Not only did you help my students gain number sense but also built a relationship with each one. Thank you for making learning fun!" - Ms. Shoulders, 3rd grade teacher at Merry Oaks International Academy