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Become a Tutor

We need you to help transform our students’ relationship to writing and help build their skills, confidence, and pride. You don’t need to be an expert writer. You do need some consistent time in your schedule, a deep belief in the students we serve, and an eagerness to learn together. Check out FAQs about volunteering here.

Our Tutoring Values
These are the principles that will guide you as you work with students.
We believe that all students want to learn and are capable of learning. We set and maintain high expectations for growth.
We believe that every student is inherently worthy and deserving of respect. We honor their assets, backgrounds, interests, and life experiences.
We believe in the importance of meeting each student’s unique needs. We adapt our approach for diverse learners.
We believe that tutoring (like writing) is a practice. We commit to self-reflection, receptivity, and continuous improvement.
Getting started as a volunteer tutor

Volunteering with 826 Valencia is fun, rewarding, and flexible. You can help out in any program that fits your schedule, and we have many opportunities to get involved.

  • Available for a consistent 1-3 hours per week, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (because that's when most of our programs take place)
  • 18 years or older
  • Willing to commit to ongoing learning
  • Able and willing to uphold our tutoring values
Steps to volunteer with students
  • 1
    Step 1
    Complete your volunteer application

    It only takes a couple minutes!

  • 2
    Step 2
    Attend an orientation

    We’ll send you an invite! Our two-part orientation will cover all the information you need to get started.

  • 3
    Step 3
    Clear requirements

    You must go through a Live Scan background check and submit TB test results (if applicable) before tutoring.

  • 4
    Step 4
    Sign up for shifts

    We can’t wait to see you in our programs soon! Start browsing the calendar here to get a preview now.

    Volunteer Calendar

Bilingual en Español? 

Siempre estamos buscando voluntarios que hablen español ayudar a nuestros estudiantes. Solicite o envíenos un correo electrónico a volunteer@826valencia.org.

Programsthat need you

Other Ways to Work with Students
Volunteer as a Group

Bring a group of colleagues to volunteer in our programs.

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Be a Youth Volunteer

If you’re in high school and want to volunteer, we have opportunities for you.

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Apply for an Internship

As an intern, you’ll work directly with students and teachers.

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