Homework Helper

Posted: Tuesday May 28, 2024

Goal of the Position: Homework support for children and youth facing learning challenges or dealing with educational gaps.


  • Meet with the caseworker and child/youth to set learning goals by completing an agreement/contract form
  • Obtain information and materials from the child/youth’s caregiver to determine their learning needs
  • Meet with the child once per week in a community location/or client’s home to tutor them on the identified learning goals.
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with staff and family members who are supporting child/youth.
  • Volunteers may help with homework, one-to-one reading, school projects, school quizzes and general learning to support achieving the learning goals.
  • Responsible for preparing learning exercises that are engaging and appropriate for the child/youth’s learning level.
  • Provide regular updates to the parent/caregiver on the child/youth’s learning progress
  • Maintain consistent communication with caseworker and Volunteer Services by submitting monthly reports, mileage and expense forms and other communications as required.
  • Share with parent/caregiver any situations that may have occurred during your homework support session.
  • Maintain and role model boundaries in the volunteer and client relationship – if in doubt please connect with caseworker or volunteer services.
  • Respect the privacy of the caregiver, child/youth and family
  • Model problem solving, time management and organizational skills
  • Use an equity lens with a respectful and inclusive approach band be sensitive to all caregivers, child/youth and a family’s unique needs.
  • Reflect the agencies core values in volunteer role

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Able to find creative ways to help the child/youth stay engaged and interested in the learning process.
  • Patient and professional with some tutoring/homework support experience
  • Previous experience in mentoring or working one-on-one with children/youth is very helpful in this role.
  • Lesson planning knowledge
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to build relationships with a diverse group of people.
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good active listening skills and the ability to show empathy.
  • Access to reliable transportation (while having access to an automobile is not a must it will make it easier to find an assignment and will make it easier to access recreational venues with the mentee)
  • If a volunteer is able to provide transportation for the child/youth being tutored, the following are required: a G license, access to a safe and reliable vehicle, 1 million dollars liability automobile insurance, and provide a driver’s abstract.
  • General awareness to Child Welfare
  • Maturity, sensitivity and ability to relate to children/families/caseworkers.
  • Understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion and its impact on working with children, youth and families.

Time Frame: once or twice per week with sessions ranging in times based on the child/youth’s capacity

Length of Commitment: 6 months to a year


  • Satisfaction in supporting a child/youth to work on their education learning goals with a focus on their educational development
  • Gain further experience providing support with learning in a one-to-one setting with a child/youth
  • Learning new tools and strategies to help children learn
  • Gain experience in behavior management skills and strategies
  • Positively impact a child’s/youth’s self-esteem, social skills/ life skills
  • Understanding of Child Welfare and its practices
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Making a positive and lasting impact in the life of a child/youth