Frequently Asked Questions

  • How old do I have to be? 18 years of age.
  • Do I need teaching experience or a teaching degree? No teaching degree or experience necessary.
  • Do I get paid for this? No. Our volunteers devote their time and skills free of charge. The reward is earned in making a positive difference in the lives of NYC public school children.
  • How long a commitment do I have to make? We ask that you commit for a minimum of one school year, for a minimum of two hours a week.
  • Where does the training occur? Training occurs at the Learning Leaders central office and at schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
  • Can I be placed near my home, job or school? While we cannot guarantee a specific placement, we try our best to place our volunteers near their place of business, home or school.
  • Can I tutor at an elementary school and a middle school during the same school year? Yes, you may tutor at both levels during the same school year, but you must first complete the required training for both levels.
  • What are other ways, besides tutoring, I may assist Learning Leaders? If you want to assist Learning Leaders but are not able to volunteer your time, you can make a donation. For every $25 contributed, we can provide a child with a year of volunteer help. Alternatively, you can assist with marketing, fundraising or special events. If you’d like to do so, please contact us.
  • I would like to tutor at a school for the deaf or blind. All persons who would like to volunteer at these schools must first attend the elementary school training session, at the Learning Leaders office. To work with the School for the Deaf, volunteers must be capable of conducting a successful interview in sign language.
  • As a college student, can I get college credit for volunteering? Check with your specific school department (counselor) to see whether you are eligible to receive credits for volunteering.