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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, a portion of this work is through our tutoring program for our middle and high school students.  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 on a virtual platform throughout the spring semester.  Tutoring will occur Monday-Friday, from 3:00pm-6:00pm for our middle and high school students.  Wednesdays and Fridays will be flexible workdays so the tutoring times will vary.  All DPS students are participating in virtual learning with their school so 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 for the semester.  Tutoring will be organized using Zoom breakout rooms and students will 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 volunteer tutors is to help our students both complete and understand their homework.

Virtual tutoring has begun. If you are still 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.  If you have any specific questions, please contact Faith Nelson at faith.nelson@studentudurham.org.  We look forward to working with you!

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.