This innovative program provides academic tutoring support for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Tutors work with children online. They can select an age/grade level of a child with whom they would like to work in one of the following areas: homework, reading, math and general life skills.
Our Social Justice Committee and Program Committee have created a unique connection between The New Reform Temple and Operation Breakthrough. This organization’s mission is to provide a safe, loving, and educational environment for children in poverty and to empower their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education. Operation Breakthrough cares each weekday for more than 650 children, ages 6 weeks to 14 years.
Using technology has been incredibly beneficial in providing one on one tutoring to students. Instead of a student and tutor trying to share a computer or book or needing to sit together during the pandemic, both the tutor and student have a computer and headset to increase independence and efficiency. Tutors use Zoom to host a video call with the student over the computer. The sessions will run from 20 to 30 minutes. Training sessions are provided so the tutor understands the parameters and techniques of these tutorials. Technology support is also provided.
The following are comments by some of the current tutors:
“Tutoring a young student through Operation Breakthrough has opened my eyes to both the great benefits our organization provides, and the tremendous needs in our community we still need to address. I’ve also met several inspirational members of the New Reform Temple who dedicate a lot of their time to promoting progress in our community.” Daniel Owens
“Hi – I’ve enjoyed spending time with the kids and trying to help them. It feels good generally to be helping people and the community in general, and occasionally there are moments of intense fulfillment when a kid “gets it” or when – regardless of the subject – you can tell you’re contributing to a kid’s well-being on a personal level.” Howard Barewin
“I do very much enjoy working with the kids. The experience is great and the kids are eager to learn and a joy to tutor.” Barry Kaseff
This is an incredible opportunity to impact the lives of young, at-risk children in our community and we can do it from our own homes. Digi-tutor can change the lives of young people who are need of special support!
Action plan: Operation Breakthrough will provide an NRT volunteer with detailed instructions, then pair that volunteer with a student to provide virtual or in-person tutoring. Ongoing support will be available. If interested, contact Suzy Block at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-236-7394 if you have questions.