Tutor or Mentor a Young Person

Simpson’s approach to working with families is strength-based, responsive, and holistic. All parents in our program work directly with a Family Advocate who focus on locating and retaining stable, affordable housing, and attaining personal goals related to financial stability, education, or employment.

The mission of our Children and Youth Services programs is to break the generational cycle of homelessness by partnering with parents to support children’s academic success, stability, and well-being. Adults age 21 and older are invited to become a tutor or mentor and make a positive and lasting impact in the life of a young person.

Literacy Tutor

Passage Community is a 17-unit apartment building serving families that have experienced homelessness. The tutoring program at Passage serves children from Kindergarten – 6th grade. Tutors are matched with a student and work on reading skills with that student one day a week from 5 PM – 6 PM during the school year.

Literacy Mentor

Literacy Mentors are matched one-to-one with a Kindergarten – 5th grade student and commit to meeting weekly for a literacy tutoring session at least 3 times a month, and a monthly field trip outing throughout the school year. Literacy Mentors are given prepared lessons based on the students’ reading level, interests, and the monthly outing destination. Lessons take place at a library near the student’s home. Mentors provide transportation for the student to and from the library and schedule their sessions directly with the parent.

Middle School Mentor

If you are interested in nurturing the unique interests and abilities of a middle school student, this may be the opportunity for you! Mentors are matched one-to-one with a 5th to 8th grade student and commit to meeting weekly (approximately 3 visits/month throughout the year.) As a mentor you will plan activities with your mentee ranging from going out for ice cream to volunteering together. Group outings or learning opportunities are offered approximately every other month.

High School Wellness Mentor

High School Wellness Mentors are adults who commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least 9 months. By becoming part of the youth’s social network of adults and community members, the mentor can support the young person’s development toward positive wellness, academic, and personal goals. Mentors meet weekly or bi-weekly with their mentee and plan activities together, such as attending a healthy cooking class, going for a bike ride, or touring a college.  Simpson also offers monthly wellness workshops on a variety of topics.

Other Opportunities

If you cannot make an ongoing commitment to tutor or mentor but would still like to support the children and youth in our programs, we welcome donations of bag lunches for outings, backpacks with school supplies for our Tools for School program, and other items for our education programs. Contact volunteer@simpsonhousing.org for information on additional ways to help.

2020 Sessions for Prospective Volunteers

Ready to get started? Join us for an Introductory Session where you’ll learn becoming a mentor or tutor!

Tuesday, February 4th, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | RSVP here

Tuesday, March 3rd, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | RSVP here

Tuesday, April 7th, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | RSVP here

Thursday, April 16th, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | RSVP here

Tuesday, April 21st, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | RSVP here

Tuesday, May 5th, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | RSVP here

Thursday, May 14th, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | RSVP here

Tuesday, May 19th, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | RSVP here

Prospective Mentors and Tutors

You can get started by attending one of the sessions above or by completing the Volunteer Application.  Select Literacy Mentor, Middle School Mentor, High School Wellness Mentor, or Literacy Tutor from the drop down menu.

Current Mentors

Please complete your Mentor Activity Log online

Or, complete a paper version