Support Learning Pals!

Please support Learning Pals! (www.learningpals.org)

Learning Pals is a free online tutoring organization run entirely by high school students! Our mission is to support NYC elementary and middle school students by providing free academic and social support while also fostering a community between students, tutors, and families. We provide one-on-one virtual tutoring to students who are deemed by their teachers as being most in need of our support. These students are then paired with high school volunteers who tutor them in any subject they need help in! Our tutors are also trained to lean into socialization during these meetings, because we want friendships to develop.

We serve students throughout New York City, partnering with schools who have higher percentages of low-income students to reach those who most need our help. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, we also run group book clubs which foster reading comprehension skills and develop community. Over the summer, we ran a successful 10-week virtual summer camp, which ran for 480 hours, to combat the “summer slide” and provide activities for kids whose parents were working or otherwise engaged.

Our tutors and staff are entirely made up of high school volunteers, and all must submit teacher recommendations and attend interviews before they can join the program.

As an entirely volunteer staff made up of all high school students, our costs are very low. But we need help! Supporting Learning Pals will allow us to:

  • Maintain the technology we need for recruiting students and tutors and managing the program
  • Provide ongoing professional training for our tutors
  • Buy books for students in book clubs

Note: Learning Pals is not set up as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit because we are entirely student-run (no adults!), so unfortunately your donations are not tax-deductible. However, we are pretty sure you’ll feel great about supporting NYC public school kids who are in need of academic and social support, especially in these pandemic times. Thank you!
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