Middle School

For Schools

Mother Daugher Beth Wkshp 1The Learning Leaders Middle School Program is a resource that middle schools utilize to provide integrated parental and community engagement, one of the five key elements outlined in the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for Middle School Success. Elementary schools also utilize our program to prepare families of fifth grade students for the transition from elementary school to middle school.

For Parents

The program is designed help parents of fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth grade students to confidently support their children’s educational development through the middle school years and beyond. Parents can volunteer and or participate in our Middle School Family Education Program.

For Everyone

Learning Leaders Middle School Program gives you the unique opportunity to get involved in New York City public schools and support our students.

How to Volunteer in Middle School

By attending the Learning Leaders Middle School Program training, you will learn about adolescent development, working with middle school students, middle school standards and ways you can provide assistance to students and schools.
Once you have completed the six-hour training consisting of three two-hour sessions, you can participate at a Learning Leaders middle school in:

Academic Volunteers

As Tutors: under the direction of a school staff member, assist with one to one, or small group academic study.

As Class Coaches: support teachers by working with students during class, assisting with group projects, offering class talks on industries, careers and education.

Tutor-with-Harlem-Student-HijabGeneral Service Volunteers: general adult support with events, parent outreach, clerical help, and student activities such as service projects and school clubs.

Information Sessions

Making the Transition to Middle School

This session informs participants about their middle school choices, the middle school environment and the changes that children and families will face during this transition.

Help Your Child Select a High School

This session informs families about the New York City High school admissions process, the types of high schools and their selection processes.  We will also provide tips on how to find and select the right high school for their child.

Making the Transition to High School

This session helps families understand the high school environment, and requirements for promotion, graduation and overall success.

Support Your Child through Early Adolescence

In this session families receive information about the developmental characteristics and behaviors associated with early adolescence and discuss strategies for improving communication and supporting their child’s development.

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In this session families will learn about the 40 Developmental Assets developed by the Search institute and discuss how to they can use this approach to deal with the challenges of raising adolescents.

Middle School Academic Success: Study Skills and Organization

By participating in this session, parents will learn about the important role that Study Skills and organization play in a student’s academic success in middle school and how they help develop and strengthen these skills.

Middle School Academic Success: Reading
This workshop introduces the reading skills students need to master in middle school and gives parents activities to practice with their children at home.

To learn more about participating in the Middle School Program, contact Felicia Wilson-Ocasio, Program Manager.

Click here to complete your application to volunteer now!