You’ve all been asking about it. You’re interested in this specific type of service. You know you love it.
And, we have some great plans in the works to help connect you with opportunities related to it.
But, how often do we really get the chance to reflect on why it is so important?
Why is tutoring such an essential form of community service?
There are many, many reasons why we want to answer your call for more tutoring opportunities - but, most of them stem from what you’ve already shared with us. Tutoring is important not only because of what it brings to the student who are in need of tutoring services, but also because of what it promises to bring our society in the future as these students grow and succeed because of the assistance they receive.
And this applies to every student you tutor, whether a child in need of reading assistance or an adult refugee studying English as a second language and anyone in between.
Picture it almost as a way to “pay it forward” - the education you have received is directly improving the education that another is receiving. Do you remember who really taught you about the importance of your education? It might have been a parent, a guardian, or a teacher - but it might also have been a friend, a peer mentor, or a tutor.
We often fall into the habit of looking at community service as a means of giving some essential resource to an individual experiencing poverty; in doing so, though, we forget that community service is about so much more than giving assistance to someone in need.
Community service is about sharing our time to build relationships, strengthen communities and encourage others to continue that same process. Everyone learns in different ways, but every student deserves the opportunity to have an education that provides them with the greatest potential to learn, explore, and discover.
As a tutor, you teach so much more than math or science or reading. You teach confidence, passion for learning, and collaboration. You set the example of what serving the community and “giving back” really means.
So, if you are a tutor already - thanks for all you do! And, if you are someone seeking additional tutoring opportunities for the upcoming semester, check out these organizations and programs: Running Rebels, Meta House, School Sisters of Notre Dame, and Village of Hope, Inc.