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The Seattle Public Library is seeking Homework Helpers who have a passion for helping K-12 students learn and succeed in school. The 2016-2017 Homework Help service will be offered from Sept. 12, 2016 through June 15, 2017.


Homework Helpers mentor K-12 students who are working on homework assignments, developing literacy and mathematics skills, and preparing for college and careers. They provide help with all academic subjects up to the eighth grade level and may specialize in subjects up to the college-prep level.


Most of the students are first generation Americans who speak a language other than English at home. Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with students of all ages in small groups and individually.


A volunteer commitment throughout the school year is requested. Volunteers provide Homework Help once a week when the public schools are in session. Please read the Homework Helper volunteer service description and watch a short video to learn more.


Homework Help locations: Beacon Hill, Broadview, ColumbiaDouglass-Truth, High Point, Lake City, NewHolly, Northgate, Rainier Beach and South Park branches.


Desired Volunteer Qualifications

  • Completion of at least one year of college. Must be a high school graduate or have a GED diploma.
  • Interpersonal communication skills with children and teens. Experience with youth as a teacher, tutor, volunteer or family member.
  • Be respectful of diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions and values.
  • Considerable patience, flexibility, creativity and a willingness to use a variety of methods to promote understanding with students.
  • Strong English and writing skills.
  • Strong mathematics skills up to the 8th grade level. Knowledge of high school mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus) is helpful, but not required.
  • Ability to work as part of a team with other Homework Helpers and Library staff.
  • Available to be scheduled for a weekly Homework Help shift throughout the school year. Those who cannot make a weekly commitment can be scheduled as substitute Homework Helpers at least twice a month.

Volunteer applicants will be asked to authorize a criminal background check. The Library is unable to place applicants who have assault, abuse, theft or other criminal convictions as Homework Helpers.


Volunteer Application and Orientation Process

Please contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator at volunteer@spl.org to request information about volunteer openings and supplemental application forms. Interviews will take place through August 22, 2016. Additional Homework Helpers will be placed when openings occur during the school year.

New Homework Helpers will be invited to a volunteer orientation and referred to a Library branch for a welcome meeting and tour. All Homework Helpers are also required to attend at least one of the Seattle Tutoring Coalition's All City Tutor Training events during the school year. The All City Tutor Training will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 and February 4, 2017.



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Return your signed volunteer application to:

Volunteer Services Coordinator
The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104


Email: volunteer@spl.org

Fax: 206-386-4129


Interested in other ways to volunteer? See Volunteer Opportunities.