Afterschool Homework Help Program

This Princeton Public Library program offers afterschool homework assistance to students in grades K-12 to help them succeed academically. This program operates with a drop-in, no appointment necessary policy. It is open daily Monday-Thursday on dates the Princeton Public Schools are open, from 4-6 p.m. It runs October through the last week of school in June. It is staffed by adult volunteers including students at Princeton University and other area colleges.

Volunteer Position Description

Volunteers will work with all students (K-12) assisting them with their homework assignments and giving instructions on how to solve homework problems without solving the problems for them. They will work with individuals and/or small groups of students who are working on similar class assignments. They will encourage students to share work that they have done independently to be checked for accuracy. Volunteers will work cooperatively with the Youth Services librarians on staff at the Princeton Public Library, who can provide additional support in finding materials online, in the print collection, readers’ advisory and other educational support provided by the library, such as Brainfuse (an online homework help service), the library’s online catalog, databases, computers and other technology. Volunteers participate in maintaining an orderly environment in the immediate area where the program takes place but can rely on the Princeton Public Library staff (librarians and building monitors) for assistance when needed. The volunteers will also take and report attendance of the participating students. Library staff and volunteers will encourage students to use the library and its collections, resources and services to further their learning and studies. Please note that this is not a tutoring program. The library cannot provide regularly scheduled, one-on-one support by specific volunteers for students at this drop-in program. Volunteers should have the following:  Ability to relate to children ages 5 to 18  College degree or college study  Knowledge of basic school curricula  Ability to encourage students to expand their “envelope of learning” Some of the following are desirable but not mandatory:  Teaching certificate  Classroom teaching experience  Multi-lingual  Advanced math skills (calculus and beyond)  High School science subject knowledge  Expert writing and editing skills Please have references available on request. Select "Continue" to complete a volunteer application for the Afterschool Homework Help Program.