Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back to School: Volunteer Needs

School is in session! Hearing this is music to any parent’s ears, to students…not so much. 

As we gear down and start getting our Boys & Girls Club members into a new routine it’s important to start establishing good habits. 

One habit that proves to be highly effective to improve students’ learning and retention ability is to have a study buddy or a homework helper to assist in what kids sometimes view as the mundane task of doing homework.  Study buddies or homework helpers are volunteers who assist our club members with homework assignments at any of our 6 Boys & Girls Club locations.
 A study buddy can help a student in many ways from just letting the child read out loud to you to you to reviewing basic math problems. As a volunteer tutor you can help as much or as little as you are comfortable with! 

There are lots of benefits for kids who have a study buddy!
•    Fewer distractions then in a traditional classroom.
•    Able to focus on a specific area of interest
•    Helps build confidence and self-esteem. Perhaps the single most important factor in learning.
•    Catch-up sometimes kids miss things in class, having a homework helper is the perfect way to review materials.
•    SHYNESS! Sometimes a kid who is shy will back away from asking questions in a classroom, having a tutor who is there just to help them makes it easier to ask questions.

 Not thinking that being a Study Buddy is for you, but still interested in volunteering? Why not consider one of our other back to school opportunities? Love sports? Why not consider being a coach? We are gearing up for Football season and could use coaches, assistant coaches and even cheerleading coaches! 

Prefer to be behind the scenes, why not volunteer a few hours a week to help our staff with office work or even with after school care!
The possibilities are almost endless and can accommodate your schedule! 

Make a difference in a local kid's life; and chances are, there's a Club close to you!

Club locations:
 Mabee Red Shield:
1231 North Harvard
Tulsa, OK 74115

North Mabee:
3001 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tulsa, OK 74106

West Mabee:
2143 South Olympia
Tulsa, OK 74107

Broken Arrow:
1400 West Washington
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Sand Springs:
4403 South 129th West Ave.
Sand Springs, OK 74063   

1721 South Hickory
Sapulpa, OK 74066

If you are interested in volunteering or for additional information contact Jenny McElyea, Volunteer and Disaster Resource Manager at 918 587 780, or visit to register!


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