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Become A Volunteer

Become a valued member of our volunteer team and make a significant impact! Whether you're a high school student, college student, retiree, or working professional, we welcome you to share your expertise and passion. Mentor and tutor students online from any location or in person at a nearby venue, with flexible scheduling that accommodates your busy lifestyle. Join us in empowering students through education and mentorship, helping them achieve their fullest potential across Western New York.

Students taking a workshop in person at WNY Learning Lab
Volunteer With Us

Why tutor with WNY Learning Lab?

Students taking a workshop in person at WNY Learning Lab
Students taking a workshop in person at WNY Learning Lab
Students taking a workshop in person at WNY Learning Lab
Impactful Community Engagement
Development Opportunities
Flexibility and Convenience

Join a mission-driven organization dedicated to making a meaningful impact in underserved communities across Western New York through education and mentorship.

Whether you're earning school credits or seeking personal growth, tutoring and mentoring with us provide valuable experience in leadership, communication, and organizational skills. Track your volunteer hours seamlessly while making a positive difference in students' lives and preparing for a rewarding career in community service.

Enjoy the flexibility of choosing between online tutoring sessions and in-person interactions, accommodating your schedule and maximizing your impact on student learning outcomes.

How it works 

Each week, one student receives dedicated tutoring from one tutor.

Choose a student whom you believe you can assist. We'll equip you with everything necessary to support your student in reaching their full potential at school!

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Learn More About Yourself to Align with WNY Learning Lab

At WNY Learning Lab, we value understanding your unique skills, interests, and aspirations to ensure a meaningful match with our mission-driven tutoring and mentorship programs. Sharing more about yourself enables us to tailor your experience, providing opportunities that align closely with your goals. This collaborative approach not only enhances your personal growth and development but also strengthens our collective impact in empowering students across Western New York communities.

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Find Your Ideal Student Match

Explore our curated list of students to find an ideal match based on your experience and availability. Complete the form and choose a student to collaborate with, ensuring a rewarding and impactful tutoring experience. Your selection helps us tailor our support and ensure both your and the student's needs are met effectively.

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Foster Weekly Engagement for Student Empowerment

Commit to weekly interactions with your student to empower their growth! Earn volunteer hours, integrate into our community, expand your network with new students, and actively contribute to our mission of supporting every student across the WNY area. Your dedication not only enriches the lives of students but also fosters a supportive learning environment where every individual can thrive.

Short on time for a weekly commitment? Join us as a monthly mentor! Connect with a younger student virtually or over coffee for career conversations. Answer questions like "What's it like to major in your field?" or "Can you balance a part-time job and school?" This is a fantastic way to mentor young minds and gain valuable volunteer experience.

We provide extensive training and preparation resources tailored to meet your specific requirements and ensure you're well-prepared for success. Our training sessions are available weekly, providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the volunteering process. 

Volunteer Application

Completing this application typically requires about 10 minutes of your time. Please note:

1. Applicants must be at least 14 years old and currently enrolled in high school or beyond.
2. As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit a brief 1-2 minute video.

Are you presently enrolled in high school or beyond? For instance, you might be in high school, college, possess a college degree, master's degree, or similar qualifications. You must be at least in high school or beyond to tutor with WNY Learning Lab!
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, or do you currently have any pending charges?
Have you ever faced dismissal, suspension, probation, or any other disciplinary or academic sanction from a college, university, or professional school?
Do you consent to undergoing a background check? Selecting "Yes" is necessary to be considered as a WNY Learning Lab tutor.
Do you attest that all information provided in this application is accurate and complete to the best of your knowledge? Do you acknowledge that providing false or incomplete information could result in denial or revocation of acceptance into WNY Learning Lab?
Do you confirm that you know that this position is a 100% volunteer position and is unpaid?

​Please record yourself answering the following:

  1. Introduce yourself and tell us about your background. What experiences or skills do you bring that make you a good fit for tutoring with WNY Learning Lab?

  2. Why are you interested in volunteering as a tutor with us? What personal or professional goals do you hope to achieve through this experience?

  3. How do you approach mentoring or tutoring others? Share an example of a time when you helped someone overcome a challenge or achieve a goal.

  4. What do you believe makes a successful tutoring session? How do you plan to engage and support your students effectively?

  5. How do you handle challenges or setbacks in a tutoring session? Can you provide an example of a difficult tutoring experience you've faced and how you managed it?

Remember to hold up an ID that clearly shows your name and picture for verification purposes. This could be a passport, driver's license, school ID, or a membership ID with your name and photo. Keep your responses genuine and relaxed—there's no need for rehearsal!

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By clicking on the submit button, you agree to our Terms of Service and our Privacy Policy and you confirm that an adult or guardian has submitted this application. By submitting, you also authorize WNY Learning Lab to send text messages with notifications of your acceptance into our program. Message/data rates may apply.

Thank you! We’ll be in touch.

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