Highschool Science Tutoring

VOLUNTEER POSITION

 

High School Science Tutor

 

Location

Community YMCA

Department/Team

Community

Date of Revision

June 2021

Time Commitment

2 hours per week, 12-month (School year) commitment
Scheduled times vary

Staff Partners

Tutoring Supervisor

 

 

POSITION OVERVIEW


The YMCA Calgary Tutoring Table Program is now offering high school science tutoring to youth!  
We are seeking energetic and committed volunteer high school science tutors interested in helping
high school youth with science courses including physics, chemistry, and biology. Tutoring Table aims
to remove the financial barrier of private tutoring to assist students in passing their classes. Tutoring
has been proven to show positive results in terms of helping youth improve their academic
achievement, school attendance, and providing a connection to a positive adult. Volunteer tutors
serve as guides in the students’ learning and enhancing students’ confidence in problem solving. 
Volunteers are provided with ongoing training focused on skills in positive youth guidance.

 

Group tutoring sessions are held after school for two hours with start times between 4:00 and 4:30 pm.
Sessions are offered Mondays through Thursdays. Lead tutors support group tutoring sessions with
approximately 30 youth and up to 10 volunteers at each session. The program operates out of 5 YMCA
locations in Calgary: Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot, Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, Saddletowne YMCA,
Shawnessy YMCA, Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton and out of 4 satellite sites, Father Lacombe
High School, Forest Lawn High School, Crescent Heights High School and Vivo Community Hub,
as well as online via Zoom.

 

Age requirement:  Tutors must be at least 15 years of age

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain a safe environment by following policies and procedures to manage risks
    associated with participation in programs
  • Build relationships with the participants, and YMCA staff and volunteers
  • Ensure safety, communication and a sense of belonging are high priorities
  • Work collaboratively with other staff and volunteers
  • Communicate with Tutoring representative regarding any situations during your shift
  • Volunteer tutors should be comfortable:
    • Working with high school youth in a group setting
    • Communicating with and teaching youth struggling in science
    • Engaging in a positive, strengths-based approach

 

 BENEFITS

  • Gain valuable teaching and volunteering experience.
  • Complimentary YMCA Calgary membership (Upon completion of 16 hours of tutoring,
    volunteers are eligible for a citywide YMCA general membership. To continue receiving
    membership, volunteers must maintain a minimum of 2 hours per week.) 
  • Continuing training and education opportunities throughout the year
  • Enhance technical skill set
  • Join a team of enthusiastic and interesting people who share a passion for leading positive
    programs to build happy and healthy communities

 

TRAINING

1. YBeginnings Orientation

2. Health & Safety and Child Protection Training

3. Position-specific Orientation and Training

a. Processes & Tools

b. Expectations

4. Ongoing training & support

 

SKILLS

At YMCA Calgary we ensure our volunteers are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and
future goals. The successful candidate will have the following: 

  1. Strong high school science knowledge
  2. Commitment towards teaching and mentoring
  3. Working with high school youth in a group setting
  4. Engaging in a positive, strengths-based approach



QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Evidence of a clear Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Search
  2. Three references – one can be a personal reference
  3. Able to attend and complete required YMCA trainings which may be at various
    YMCA locations
  4. Tutors must be at least 15 years of age and have a strong understanding of high
    school level science
  5. Experience/interest in science (training and resources will be provided)
  6. Experience working with youth would be considered an asset
  7. Available during the evening hours for the program