Frequently Asked Questions
Does having a mentor or a tutor really make a difference?
YES! Students who have Inspiring Minds mentors or tutors show improvement in whatever academic area they are being tutoring in, as well as significant gains in positive behaviors and self esteem. Our city is filled with bright children who are eager to learn- having a volunteer unlocks the potential that is too often hidden by barriers of poverty, language and family difficulties.
What is the goal of an Inspiring Minds volunteer?
Our volunteer tutors strive to help students unlock their potential as an “independent learner.” Volunteers tutor in the relevant skills and subject matter, but also work to increase students’ learning abilities to meet future challenges – part of this is confidence-building and encouragement!
What exactly do Inspiring Minds’ volunteers do?
Please see our Programs Overview to learn more about the different opportunities available. In general, most in-school volunteers tutor a Providence public school student one-on-one or in small groups of 2-3 at a time. Tutors receive guidance and instructions from the classroom teacher they’re paired with, and are never expected to teach new material, but rather reinforce concepts students struggle with.
What age group can I tutor?
Students from grades Kindergarten through Grade 3 need tutoring, though the greatest need our organization seeks to fill is with students at the elementary school level.
What if I have no previous training or experience?
That’s okay! All volunteers receive an initial orientation to the agency, and subsequent trainings are made available to those who are interested. Tutors receive tailored activities from teachers/coaches for each student they tutor and our staff and volunteer coordinators are always available to provide support.
How often can I volunteer?
The minimum commitment we ask for is one hour a week, but you are welcome to volunteer as much time as you can give!
Do I have to pay to have a background check done or be fingerprinted?
Generally the cost is $5 for s State background check but there is no fee for those over age 62
What if I am not enjoying your volunteer experience?
Contact us! We will work with you to improve the situation or change your assignment!
How can I sign up?
Give us a call at 401-274-3240, walk in to our office at 763 Westminster Street, or apply by clicking here!
You must also attend an orientation session with us, which you can sign up for when you apply.