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Fostering Great Ideas is recruiting volunteers to be virtual tutors for children in foster care

Fostering Great Ideas (FGI), a nonprofit organization in Greenville and Spartanburg counties, is recruiting volunteers around the Upstate to administer its free tutoring service.

FGI is dedicated to improving the lives of children in foster care through its unique relational programs such as the Tutor Match program.
Our free tutoring service is available to children of all ages and subject levels in foster care. These children are oftentimes academically behind due to moving frequently and experiencing trauma.

Normally, the tutoring occurs at the child’s foster placement or a nearby library on a weekly basis for an hour for three months, initially, and adjusts based on the needs of the child and the volunteer tutor’s availability, from that point on. However, with the current events of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, virtual tutoring will take place, as of right now with our FGI Zoom account.

Our volunteer tutors have free access to this tool. Students/caregivers don’t need a Zoom account either, as a link to the video call is sent and can be opened on any computer or phone app. The virtual tutoring would still be an hour a week for three months.

Three hours of virtual training on tutoring and child welfare and a complete background check is needed in order to volunteer as a virtual tutor. I match the tutor with a student who needs help in the area the tutor feels comfortable in, no worries if someone doesn’t have a strong point in math!

The volunteer doesn’t have to have a teaching degree in order to be a tutor, just a passion and high competency in the subject. We have high-quality tutors not only academically, but emotionally as well, as they provide structure, consistency, and support needed to these vulnerable children.

Contact Fostering Great Ideas.

Author
Hope Coudayre

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