The University of Puget Sound values the beauty and diversity of the city of Tacoma. We encourage our students to dive deep into the city's culture by exploring new places and meeting new people. One way we carry out this goal is by connecting would-be mentors and tutors to programs throughout the city. Each of our partner programs aims to provide academic and personal enrichment to children in Tacoma as well as the student volunteers involved. We work hard to create a mutually fulfilling experience for both participants and volunteers in the following ways:
Launched in the spring of 2015, Puget Sound Big Siblings is an outgrowth of Kids Can Do! Kids Can Do! was created in 1989 to expose area youth to higher education by involving them in campus events and activities. Puget Sound Big Siblings continues to follow this strong tradition and has expanded to work with Mentor253 to help place Puget Sound students with mentees in Tacoma schools. Mentors strive to educate their mentee about the value of a college education and help them understand their responsibility in obtaining that goal. We still aim to sponsor educational field trips and activities for mentors and their mentees.
Puget Sound offers a variety of tutoring opportunities for Puget Sound students. While ETC tutoring is no longer available, have developed new tutoring relationships with a number of the Tacoma Public Schools. This new partnership not only benefit teachers and students in Tacoma, but also provides Puget Sound students with in-class experience tutoring youth from elementary through high school. We currently partner with Lincoln High School ESL tutoring, Peace Community Center (placing student tutors at Jason Lee Middle School and McCarver Elementary), Bryant Montessori, and Tacoma Community House (with their Read2Me and GED programs). Some of these programs also run enrichment programs in which students can help teach classes on art, sports, gardening, etc. in addition to tutoring. We also partner with Access Programs, helping get Tacoma students college-ready. If you are interested in tutoring, please contact our Youth Programs Team. You can also submit this Intake Form to begin the application process.