Each week, volunteers from San Diego State University (SDSU) help out at KOSD’s After School Program. On Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 tutors assist elementary and middle school youth from our community with their homework and provide extra help with English Language Learning. Since 95% of the refugee parents from Burma have limited English language skills and have often not had the opportunity to complete schooling themselves, they are frequently unable to assist their children with their homework. KOSD’s After School Program provides this free tutoring service where community youth can drop in for help with their homework assignments. On average, 15-20 youth come after school. In addition to homework help, KOSD has a library that students use to practice reading with tutors and complete their reading logs.
Our volunteers from SDSU are particularly suited to help tutor students as many are enrolled in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) certificate courses and are Early Education majors. They are able to get practical experience using the skills taught in the college classes by tutoring here at KOSD. In addition, students and tutors have the opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures.
KOSD’s After School Program helps to fill an important need in the community and provides a safe space for students to spend time after school. There is always a lot of noise and laughter as students work with their tutors.
We would like to thank the students and volunteers that are a part of this program for all of their hard work!