Mentors and Tutors

You can make a direct impact on a student experiencing homelessness, by volunteering as a tutor or mentor!

Become a Tutor

Do you have a talent for tutoring? Become a volunteer tutor and help a student experiencing homelessness succeed in school. Just one hour a week of either virtual or in-person tutoring makes a big difference for a student. After completing the application process and getting approved, you will be matched with a student based on your availability, location, and tutoring skillset.

Become a Mentor

Can you help a student reach their full potential? Volunteer Mentors serve as a role model for a student experiencing homelessness, between 7-18 years old. Your weekly visit with your mentee may include activities such as a walking in the park, job shadowing, helping with school work or just talking about what’s going on. You will be matched with a mentee based on your preference on age, gender, and location.

Mentor and Tutor Requirements:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be able to commit as a volunteer for once a week for at least 1 year
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Reside in Orange County

Questions? Email PHA Manager of Outreach and Partnerships, Bonita Vecchio: Bvecchio@projecthopealliance.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the tutoring/mentoring sessions take place?

Tutoring/mentoring sessions will be held in public areas such as a park, community centers, libraries, cafes, and restaurants. Tutoring/mentoring sessions should never occur inside the student's home, or in any private areas. You be will matched with a student who is no more than 15 miles driving distance from your location.

Will PHA provide supplies for my tutoring/mentoring sessions?

Yes, PHA will provide you with snack bags, backpack art supplies, activities, and books.

What is the time commitment?

Each tutor or mentor should commit to 1-2 hour sessions a week for a year.

Can I drive with my mentee or tutee in the car?

No, the parent or guardian must drive their child to the agreed-upon public location

Will there be trainings provided?

Yes! PHA will provide you with a robust training and continued resources to set you up for success!

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