The short answer is: We think so!
We believe that with fun and creative writing outlets, all students can improve their academic performance, develop a sense of belonging, and discover the value and power of their own unique voice. We also recognize the individual nature of learning and education, and that you and your student might have some specific questions before engaging with new programs.
Our hope is that this page can offer answers to some of those questions for you.
Questions you may have:
Does 826michigan tutor for subjects beyond reading and writing?
Yes! Our traditional after-school tutoring program (called Schoolwork Support) provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with trained volunteer tutors on ANY homework or school project.
Students must bring their own assignments to do (homework, essays, test prep, studying materials, school projects) with their tutors. If time permits and school assignments are complete, students and tutors can always read and write together.
Does 826michigan work with students who have specialized learning needs?
Yes! When your family completes our registration process, you’ll have the chance to share information with us about your student’s specific needs. We will ask you and your student about support strategies that work best (with your permission, we’ll also ask your student’s teacher).
Our volunteers come from a variety of educational backgrounds: many volunteers are not trained educators, but we are often able to match students with a volunteer who can meet their needs. We also have specialists (reading coaches, social workers, and special education teachers, for example) in our networks who we can call on for ideas and training. All volunteers are trained to work with students from a place of respect, encouragement, and courage. They are also trained to focus on students’ strengths, efforts, and successful use of strategies to solve problems.
Does 826michigan work with students who are emerging bilinguals, or for whom English is a second or third language?
Yes! Not all volunteers come from a background as educators, nor do they necessarily have specific ELL or ESL training. However, we will ask you about your student’s specific needs during program registration and, with notice, we are often able to match students and/or volunteers with specialists to get specific strategies to try together.
We have a wide network of volunteers who speak multiple languages and can sometimes provide translation of materials, too. We can work with you, your student, and your students’ teacher to create a support plan that works well for everyone.
Have a question or concern not addressed above?
Reach out to us to discuss your student’s needs and we’ll be happy to help guide you!
If you think 826michigan programs are a good fit for you and your student, learn more about our offerings and register for free!