The Oasis is your trusty compilation of volunteer resources, training materials, inspiration, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer looking to expand your knowledge and skill set or a new tutor preparing for that first volunteering shift, this page is for you.
Each month on the Oasis, we’ll feature a topic that we believe is integral to creating a more inclusive community, advancing our tutoring skills, and supporting our students. Learn more about this month’s topic below!
This short article and video gives an overview of how having teachers of color positively impacts all students.
“Decades later, it still stings — and influences the way I coach educators.” An essay by Dionne Grayman about the power of name pronunciation and the importance of respect.
Mission High School principal Pirette McKamey examines what it is to be a truly anti-racist teacher.
"Not sure if you’re aware, but children are hilarious. Yet, tutoring is hard. The kids are the walking/talking, sometimes dancing or doing karate, embodiment of hope, so I keep coming back for the laughs, for the satisfaction of helping kids grow, for the lessons I learn, and for my hope fix."— Annie Norris, former 826 Valencia Volunteer of the Month
Resourcesfor the journey
Your comprehensive guide to the logistics of volunteering and tools and tips for success along the way. Updated in August 2020 with details about online tutoring, bias, and anti-racism.
How to Get Where We Are Going: our handy guide to the six traits of strong writing and meeting students where they are.
A sample first draft of student writing, and some questions to help you prepare for a tutoring session.
A first draft is like a lump of clay. It’s not a sculpture yet, not complete. The art is in the editing, but you need that lump of clay first. Get the writing down, get it out, as much as you can. After six years of volunteering, I still fumble, I still ask questions and look for advice, too. I’m still the clay. But that’s what 826 is here for. It’s where students and teachers come together to share and experiment and try. Just dive in and listen.— Liam Curley, former 826 Valencia Volunteer of the Month