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Volunteer to Tutor

Thank you for your interest in working with our middle and high school students!  Student U is a community organization that works to empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators. During the school year, we host tutoring for our middle and high school students throughout the week.

Generally, tutoring takes place at the W.G. Pearson Center, daily, during our Year-Round Program for our middle school students and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for our high school students. Due to COVID-19, we will be hosting tutoring using a hybrid model.

1. Although MS students will be in person this year, students will receive support from tutors virtually, to decrease contact from so many people.

2. HS students will also have access to the virtual platform we will be using on a daily basis.

3. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there will be an in-person option for HS students participating in 9th-grade build-up or in-person tutoring on those evenings.

Virtual tutoring is organized using Zoom breakout rooms and students have the option to work 1-on-1 with a tutor, in a small group session, and/or with peer groups. The main goal for our tutors is to help our students both complete and understand their homework. It is imperative that we have volunteers throughout the week during ALL of the allotted times. We are asking volunteers to commit to tutoring at least one day per week. On average, our volunteer tutors volunteer at least 1-2 hours per session.

If you are interested in supporting Student U students with your service of time and skills, please complete our Volunteer Tutor Survey as soon as possible and expect to hear from our Tutor Coordinator within 48 hours after completion.

Volunteer with the W. G. Pearson Community Garden

To combat the scarce access to fresh and healthy foods in our community, the W.G. Pearson Center operates a community and teaching garden in its backyard that produces fresh produce for our community members. This garden, which consists of six medium-sized raised beds, was renovated and restored by the Rebuild Fellowship Church (a major tenant of the W. G. Pearson Center) and is maintained by Student U's Middle School Cooking and Gardening Club and by the work of monthly volunteers. With the help of volunteers, our garden is able to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to families in our community.

Garden Workdays are scheduled on a monthly basis on Saturdays and typically run from 9:00-11:00AM. Workdays are facilitated by DPS Educator Frances Starn and Student U staff. Typical volunteer activities include planting seeds, weeding the garden beds, watering and mulching the garden area, and general area maintenance. You can sign up to volunteer with our Community Garden for one or more of the following Saturdays by filling out the signup form through the button below. A reminder email with relevant details will be emailed a week before the workday you sign up for. If you have questions about our Garden, please contact Connor Kirkpatrick at connor.kirkpatrick@studentudurham.org.