Tutoring & Mentoring Partnerships

Please note: students may serve South Hadley and Holyoke Partnerships as volunteers, through CBL courses, or as America Reads/America Counts work-study tutors as placements are needed and available. Only volunteers or CBL course students may serve in the “Other Tutoring/Mentoring Partnerships” listed; work-study is not available for those sites.

South Hadley Partnerships

Michael E. Smith Middle School
Afterschool, Grades 6-8

The Michael E. Smith Middle School, in South Hadley, operates a "self-sustaining" afterschool program, providing a place for students to be exposed to new ideas, work on homework, and somewhere for parents to be reassured that their child is safe. The after school program runs Monday through Thursday, immediately following dismissal from the normal school day until 4pm. MHC volunteers are expected to arrive between 2:30/45 PM and can participate in any of the activities, ranging from French Club to Culinary Cuisine to Homework Help and Scooter Hockey. It's a great way to get to know the young members of the community we call home during our time here at school, and a way to inspire and help children meet their personal and academic goals. Additionally, in partnership with the Discovery Center, Mount Holyoke students provide workshops that prepare students to live and work with others from different racial and economic backgrounds.

Current site liaison: Anne Schlereth 

Plains School and Mosier School
Daytime, Grades K-5

Through the America Reads/America Counts program, Mount Holyoke students work with children at the Plains School and the Mosier School during the school day in a classroom setting on increasing literacy (preschool-6th grade) and math (preschool-8th grade). More information is available at the Five College America Reads/America Counts website. (NOTE: only Federal Work-Study eligible students are able to tutor at Plains and Mosier. If you aren't sure of your eligibility, we can check for you after you've filled out the application survey at the end of this page.)

Current site liaison: Anne Schlereth 

Holyoke Partnerships

Peck School/Middle School After School Program
Grades 6-8

Peck School/Middle School After School Program offers students support with homework assignments and other curricula offerings. Tutors work 1-1 or in small groups to guide students with their assigned work. This is also a time when tutors and students engage in enrichment activities that include, but are not limited to: community service, gardening, inter-mural sports, hip hop dance, cooking, art, etc. There is great emphasis on connecting with students and building safe, healthy relationships and mentoring them with their needs and wellness in mind.

Current site liaison(s): Amalia Correia and Talia Gonzales, Community Fellows

Homework House
Afterschool, Grades 2-5

Homework House’s after school tutoring and mentoring program is designed to strengthen the quality of education for ALL children in Holyoke by providing them individualized academic and social supports in a safe and nurturing environment.

Their two sites are located in neighborhoods in which the children served live and go to school. Monday-Thursday is dedicated to homework assistance, working on reading and math skills. Friday's focus on reading and enrichment activities. During school vacations Homework House offers fun, academically focused activities.

Current site liaisons: Mae Petti and Patricia Nguyen, Community Fellows

Afterschool, Grades 2-5

The CONNECTIONS after school program serves students in grades 2-5 at Peck Middle School and operates each Monday through Thursday.  In addition to providing homework support, tutors/mentors have the option to lead students in an Enrichment Club. In the past, some of these enrichment activities have included cooking, soccer, hip hop, outdoor adventure, drama, basketball, and jewelry making.

Current site liaisons: Nancy Eckenthal and Lizzie Kaplan, Community Fellows

CONNECTIONS at Dean Technical High School
Afterschool, Grades 9-12

High school students also have the opportunity to have structured homework help and club activities through CONNECTIONS at Dean Technical High School.

Current site liaison: Olivia Brusatto and Rebecca Rose, Community Fellows 

Other Tutoring/Mentoring Partnerships