We offer free after-school tutoring to help students with their homework, creative writing, expository writing, or English as a second language. Our trained tutors are on-call to give students the time and attention they need to nurture their unique style and accomplish their learning goals. Each afternoon, we begin by tackling the day’s homework assignments and if there’s extra time, we wrap up with reading time and writing prompts. Parents and teachers help us target each student’s particular learning needs. The students in this program also produce a biannual collection of writing called Look Closer/Mira de Cerca. During the week, from Monday through Thursday, we offer this program to a group of enrolled students.
On Sundays, we do things differently and offer drop-in tutoring. There’s no enrollment required; anyone aged 6–18 who wants some extra help is invited to stop by. Students bring in the plays, poems, and novels they’re working on; and when they’re between projects, we offer writing prompts. If you love to write, or if you just need a little extra homework help, Sunday drop-in is for you. We hope you’ll stop by.
Click here to download the enrollment criteria for the After-School Tutoring program (at 826 Valencia).
After-School Tutoring at Buena Vista Horace Mann School
In 2013, we brought our model of after-school writing table to Buena Vista Horace Mann, a bilingual K–8 school in San Francisco’s Mission District.
We’re excited to partner with this innovative school to give focused writing support to sixty of the school’s third, fourth, and fifth graders. Student sign-ups for this program are full for the year. If you’re a tutor, we hope to see you there!
Exploring Words Summer Camp
Our five-week summer writing program is designed for current 826 Valencia 2nd through 5th graders who are in high need of academic support. The camp runs Monday through Thursday from 1p.m.–5p.m. and provides a creative writing and science exploration experience through reading, writing, and hands-on activities that strengthen the STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Throughout the camp students will conduct science experiments, provide material for a chapbook, and write with the one-on-one support of tutors. At the end of the five weeks, students will have developed a portfolio of their work.