The MCCPTA SSL Subcommittee have posted a remote/virtual tutoring volunteer opportunity on the Montgomery County Volunteers website, aiming to connect HS student tutors to students that can use additional support. So far, they have received over 100 applications to be tutors through numerous student groups. (Note: HS students interested in volunteering can access here: Remote/virtual tutoring volunteer opportunity.)
In addition to students that become tutors through the Volunteer website, they also have engaged a number of MCPS HS student-led groups providing free virtual tutoring services to K-8 students, referring tutors to their platforms and generating awareness about their free services. All students have either a MCPS faculty or non-profit SSL sponsor and conduct a formal interview process with each tutor applicant. Selected tutors are also required to take the MCPS Volunteers and Contractors: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, online training course.
Kiddo, provides families looking for free learning support a single place to search and register for those services. This free virtual tutoring platform is the Central platform for families to search and register for free student-led tutoring services. As an added bonus, from here, families can also access the following --
- Stepping Stone Tutoring- Led by Montgomery Blair HS students
- Montgomery County Virtual Tutoring Project- Led by Clarksburg HS students
- MoCo Pineapple Tutoring- Led by Winston Churchill HS students
- SparkStars Tutoring- Led by Montgomery Blair/Richard Montgomery HS students
- Generation Z Tutoring- Led by Richard Montgomery HS students
Note -- the student-led programs operate independent registration sites, but have joined this central platform: https://www.kiddo.us/. Kiddo is a local Montgomery County startup that is completely free to use for all families and service providers. It was built with the intention of being a central space for families and local enrichment service providers to connect, with a core social mission around driving extracurricular programming accessibility to underserved communities.