Voluntary Academic Mentor
We are seeking volunteers to mentor West Auckland secondary school students in academic subjects. You’ll provide one-on-one help with homework, exams, goal setting, study skills, and motivation, with no cost to the student. You’ll also receive ongoing support to help you develop your own skills and provide the best possible support to your student.
Why be a mentor?
• One-on-one support can make a huge difference in students’ learning.
• Combat educational inequality by offering academic help to students who can’t pay lots of money for it.
• Pass on your knowledge about something you’re good at.
• Get valuable teaching, tutoring, or youth work experience.
• Mentoring only requires a couple of hours a week, so it can fit into your busy schedule.
• Give a student the skills they need to succeed in the future – not just in the subject you’re helping them with.
Mentoring sessions are held on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, at the Zeal youth centre in Henderson, and Thursday evenings, 5pm-6:30pm, at the Waitakere Central (Henderson) Library.
You’ll work with one or two students, helping them set goals and understand what they’re working on in class. We provide guidance on what to do with your student.
Who are we looking for?
You might be who we’re looking for if you:
• Have an interest in education and addressing educational inequality.
• Are knowledgeable about one or more common school subjects, especially English, maths, and the sciences.
• Can commit to attending mentoring sessions every week during the school term (if you can’t make this commitment, you be able to attend as a relief mentor, filling in for regular mentors who can’t attend).
• Have finished high school, or are in year twelve or above.
• We’d particularly like to have some mentors from the West Auckland area, but this is not required.
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