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Peer Tutor (Upward Bound - Westminster)

Upward Bound - Talent Search - TRIO | Westminster, CA | Part Time

Job Description

About Us:

Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at

Upward Bound

Serving students at Roosevelt High, Dorsey High, Crenshaw High, Washington Preparatory, Leuzinger, North Hollywood High, San Fernando High, Polytechnic High, Sun Valley and Westminster High. Upward Bound provides fundamental support and preparation for college. Serving more than 500 students annually from low-income families and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a college degree.

Upward Bound is one of seven federally-funded TRiO programs.  The Upward Bound program was established to provided fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.  The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.  The goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete the secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. We provide after-school academic instruction in core subjects and foreign languages, as well as PSAT, SAT, and ACT test preparation. Career exploration and mentoring are also an integral component to assist participants in deciding on potential college majors and career options.

We also provide college and career planning workshops, a summer program, individualized academic planning and counseling, financial aid advising, scholarship and application assistance, supplemental Saturday instruction and weekly tutoring as well as college and cultural field trips and an alumni program.

Pay rate: $14.25 Hourly


The Peer Tutor teaches and explains course skills concepts to participants enabling them to understand and improve their grade performance in a subject. Peer Tutors are responsible for providing academic assistance to assigned tutees in a group or individual sessions; provide advisement on ways students can approach or solve a course work problem; demonstrate student study techniques and test preparation that could improve grades.


  • Assist students in achieving a better understanding of a specific subject material and improving academic capabilities
  • Assist/supervise the completion and review of homework
  • Meet with teachers, when needed, to assist the student pass the course
  • Offer strategies to students on study skills, test taking, and notes taking
  • Provide academic coaching to students in tutorial sessions
  • Advise and encourage students to perform their best in their courses
  • Encourage students to read and do research to develop familiarity with the internet
  • Encourage students continue their education beyond high school
  • Assist with the process of transforming tutees from students to scholars
  • Prepare and complete progress reports
  • Meet with assigned UB Staff to provide update on the students’ progress or address concerns
  • Other duties as required and is subject to change at any time



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications
  • This is an As-Needed position


  • Current Upward Bound High School Senior
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in area of competency


  • 1 month of related experience or training


  • Knowledge of appropriate subject area (specifically Algebra II, Geometry, Physics, Chemistry, Spanish 1A/B, Literature, Creative Writing, and/or English)


  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel


  • Ability to tutor in the various academic design structure and format
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business procedures and regulations
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions
  • Ability to apply advance mathematical concepts and operations
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables
  • Ability to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form


  • Build rapport with students in all aspects
  • Build trust and act trustworthy
  • Active listening (reflective listening)
  • Follow instructions and VOALA procedures

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.