Become A volunteer Tutor

Two hours a week makes all the difference for a student learning to read.

Who

You must be a freshman in high school or older to become a tutor.

All volunteers must also pass a background check.  

How

STAIR’s user-friendly curriculum and assessment program is specifically designed to support our students on their literacy journey.

We ask all of our tutors to follow our curriculum. Doing so is of utmost importance as we measure progress and report back to school partners and parents. Our site staff is there to answer questions and provide support every step of the way.

How Often

Tutors work with the same student for an hour 1 or 2 afternoons a week September - April.

Substitute tutors fill in as needed and as their schedules allow.

Where

STAIR meets at various partner schools throughout the city. We also have one virtual site that takes place via Zoom.

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When

Tutoring takes place Monday - Thursday afternoons, typically between 3:30 - 4:45PM. Our i3 and virtual sites are different. Tutors are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes early.

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Application

All new and returning tutors fill out our application each school year. It takes about 15 minutes and is done online. You can get started today!

Training

All new and returning tutors must attend a 1.5 hour, in-person training. You'll sign up for one when you fill out the application.

Background check

The safety of students is of utmost importance.
All new tutors must complete a background check. Returning tutors are re-screened every 3 years.

Get paired with a student

Based on your preference, availability, and our current need, you will be placed at a site and begin your partnership with a Birmingham student.