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DreamCatchers

Multi-quarter part-time
Education & Youth Development
DreamCatchers' mission is to close the achievement and opportunity gap facing low-income middle school students in high income, high achieving Palo Alto by pairing each student with a personal near-peer tutor, supported by a strong professional partnership with the Palo Alto Unified School District.  Programming is at Palo Alto High School directly across the street from Stanford's campus.
 
Potential Volunteer Needs 
 
Stanford students form the core of DreamCatchers.  They can serve in a number of ways:  (1) Volunteer Tutor - Pair with a middle school student for the school year, working one-on-one in a structured, supervised setting, two hours a week.  Tutors can work with the same student for up to three years, forming strong mentoring relationships.  Professional educators and classroom teachers provide individualized information and support.  (2) Classroom Director - Step into a paid leadership role, managing a class of 12-20 student-tutor pairs with professional onsite supervision. Develop leadership and management skills while getting to know individual students.  (3) Support Roles - DreamCatchers is always looking for assistance with: (a) social media and outreach to Stanford students; (b) research and analysis of the significant amount of data we gather (grades, student and tutor surveys, parent and teacher input; feedback from Stanford Community Engaged Learning classes); (c) organizational management (learning how a nonprofit functions).
 
Timeframe
 
Rolling recruitment process throughout the calendar year.  We accept new tutors (and classroom directors) throughout the school year, but strongly prefer that tutors start at the beginning of the year (mid-October for Stanford tutors).  For Classroom Directors, we strongly prefer to recruit them by the end of the spring quarter, but often recruit over the summer and just prior to the start of the school year.  We often find a few after the school year has started and accept new Classroom Directors during the year as needed. 

 

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