I just heard from Lila Moore with SOAR, and she sent along good information about that after-school program.
You don't have to be in a community-based learning course to work in the community, so consider signing up to work with this program whether you're in SPAN 232 or 332 or not.
S.O.A.R. @ B.T. Washington Elementary
The S.O.A.R. after-school tutoring program at B.T. Washington Elementary is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to provide homework and reading help to students in grades K-5 who are most in need of some extra support. Currently about 45 children, mainly Latino and African American, attend the free after-school program. The S.O.A.R. program is a collaboration of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the College of Education, and Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.
S.O.A.R. (Student Opportunities for After-School Resources) operates from 3:00 to 5:00 every Tuesday through Thursday at B.T. Washington Elementary School. Volunteers are asked to commit at least one day a week for the duration of the program to working with a child.
The S.O.A.R. program provides volunteers the opportunity to
-help children from different backgrounds and cultures with their homework and reading,
-practice Spanish-speaking skills in a real-life situation,
-provide a much needed and appreciated service to the local community,
-gain experience in a K-5 tutoring and literacy setting, and
-develop a close mentor relationship with a child.
Orientation/training sessions begin the week of January 27. Tutors will attend one training session on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (Jan. 27, 28, or 29) from 3:00 – 5:00 (the normal days and hours of tutoring) in the library at B.T. Washington Elementary. I will provide additional information in an e-mail to those who plan on volunteering with the S.O.A.R. program.
If you are interested in volunteering or would like information please contact Lila Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a flyer that you can put up to encourage others to sign up as well.