Teaching Buddies was founded in the Summer of 2020 to provide a free weekly reading and writing enrichment program for students most negatively affected by COVID-19. Our trained college volunteers (“teaching buddies”) will lead free classes in writing and critical thinking for rising 1st - 8th graders in classes of 1-5 students. In addition, we have added a new math program starting Spring 2021 that will focus on logic and math skills. Together, we will help your child write short stories, read deeply, and learn important thinking skills to be prepared for the future.
Our mission is to inspire confidence in learning for underserved K-8 students in Chicago communities through teaching by college role models.
Fill out our interest form below!
REGISTER FOR FREE CLASSES
Our fall classes start on the week of 1/26 and end in mid June. We will be accepting registrations until January 20th. Please sign up as soon as you can so we can quickly match your child for classes and your child can get more sessions in!
***REGISTRATION FOR THE SUMMER WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON!
APPLY TO VOLUNTEER
We accept volunteers who are current college students. This form will close on June 1st. The program will run from early July to late August/early September. Please also make sure to sign up for a quick 15 minute interview with one of the members of the leadership team!
OUR IMPACT SO FAR
Since our founding, we have trained over 100 volunteers to give lessons in critical thinking through reading and writing, cumulating in 500+ volunteer hours with almost 100 K-8 students from the Chicago Public School system, 70% of whom live in families that qualify for free/reduced lunch programs.