Tucker Student Spotlight
Joanna Schneider '13
Student Director forBig Brother, Big Sister
Major: Sociology modified with Psychology; Minor in Chemistry
Other Campus Involvements: DOC; General Manager of Big Green Bus
Fun fact: She got involved in Big Brother, Big Sister in high school, over 7 years ago!
Read the full interview.
Education programs are a good fit for those who enjoy working with students, whether they are children or adults. These programs usually involve tutoring and tutoring or small group instruction. It should be noted, however, that not all of the education programs involve teaching academics, but do revolve in some way around education or an educational institution.
- America READS allows students in the Federal Work Study Program to be employed as in-school tutors and after school program aides in selected local schools, providing desperately needed reading assistance. Participation with America READS is a wonderful way to turn that ho-hum work study job requirement into something of value to the local community and to your own education.
- ARC (Achievement at Romano Circle) volunteers work to enhance the academic success of Lebanon children living in the Romano Circle low-income housing community. Volunteers provide homework help, after-school enrichment activities, and early college exposure.
- BRIDGE (Building Relationships • Inspiring Dreams • Gaining Empowerment) Mentoring allows Dartmouth undergraduates to meet weekly to serve as mentors and role models for junior high students at Hartford Memorial Middle School in White River Junction, VT. For Boys Mentoring, boys participate in interactive activities and discussions about topics such as relationships, puberty, and peer pressure with the Dartmouth students. For Girls Mentoring, Dartmouth and local students meet for weekly discussions and activities covering topics such as self-identity, peer relationships, healthy body and mind, and planning for the future.
- CoderDojo aims to introduce local youth to the fun and exciting world of computer programming. Volunteers travel to local schools to run weekly Dojo sessions for middle school students. With a relaxed, club-like structure and an emphasis on creating right from the start, kids' skills and self-confidence grow in front of your eyes.
- Early College Awareness (ECA) seeks to promote higher education among students at Mascoma Valley High School. Volunteers offer workshops for students beginning in their junior year and continue to work with them through the college application process in the fall of their senior year. In addition to providing educational activities about different types of higher education, the college experience, and how to finance their education, volunteers also offer SAT prep through the Let's Get Ready program (see below).
- English as a Second Language (ESL) volunteers work in collaboration with the Lebanon School District to provide students who do not speak English as their first language with tutoring and support services. Dartmouth students serve as ESL tutors to individual students and encourage awareness on multicultural issues.
- Let's Get Ready is a national program that provides SAT tutoring to eligible students at Mascoma Valley Regional High School (students must demonstrate financial need). Volunteer "coaches" offer weekly educational sessions that cover all sections of the SAT test, as well as college access programming. Let's Get Ready equips, mobilizes, and empowers students helping students get into college. This program runs only in the spring term.
- Money Smart delivers comprehensive financial education programs to Upper Valley residents of all ages through a series of seminars covering topics including credit, banking, spending & saving, and goal setting, among others. No prior financial experience is required.
- Prison Project volunteers travel weekly to Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor, VT to serve as teachers, discussion leaders, and as companions for inmates. Volunteers can teach a course in a favorite subject, such as language arts, arts and crafts, or music; tutor; participate in a video project; or help to lead the creative writing program.