West Side Ministries - Whiz Kids Tutoring|
Current Tutors click here to see our Tutoring Resource Page
Whiz Kids tutoring is an opportunity to focus on the needs of one urban child (1st - 8th grade). Tutors assist their students with school work and help them learn academic skills. Volunteers build caring relationships with neighborhood kids that not only benefit them academically, but also emotionally and spiritually. Each week the tutor has an hour of one-on-one tutoring time where the focus is literacy, basic skills, encouragement and homework. The student and tutor also have the option of participating in an additional 30 minutes of "club time" that includes a prayer, academic tips, announcements, singing, and a simple and practical Bible lesson.
Tutors should also plan on 10-15 minutes both before and after tutoring to transport students to/from their homes and to check in with caregivers. All of our kids live near the church and you will always be assigned another adult to drive with.
We tutor at First Avenue Presbyterian Church (map) and meet during the school year (we take off Thanksgiving week, all major holidays and have an extended Christmas Break). We also have substitutes available who can fill in during times of illness or business/family travel commitments.
Tutors are given effective training and there is always a local school teacher on site to assist us! We have two available sessions of tutoring and so many kids waiting for their special someone.
Monday Afternoon Tutoring: 4:30-6:00 (plan on arriving by 4:15 to pick-up your student) or
Monday Evening Tutoring: 5:30-7:00 (plan on arriving by 5:15 to pick-up your student)
Interested? Please click HERE or contact one of the following volunteers:
Amy Beth "A.B." Barlow (Site Coordinator):
email: Amy Beth
Student Volunteers from Colorado Christian University may also contact:
Morgan Birren (WSM Student Intern):
email: Morgan B.
Weekly Commitment: 2 hours
Yearly Commitment: 26 weeks (including 1 training session)
Ministry Hours: 52 hours (for CCU students).
Monday Afternoon tutors from Colorado Christian University will meet on campus at 4:00
to carpool down to the church. Monday Evening tutors from Colorado Christian University
will meet on campus at 5:00 to carpool down to the church. All other volunteers
drive directly to the church: 1st Avenue Presbyterian Church - 120 W. 1st Avenue,
Denver CO 80223. Please click here for a map.
If you would like to find out more about the "Whiz Kids City-Wide Tutoring Program" click
here to go to their webpage.
Whiz Kids Pictures
click on the pictures below to see our photos and slideshow
Our biggest and brightest goal to is to provide a safe place for our kids to learn about God's love. In order to create a positive atmosphere all club leaders are required to complete the following before they will be allowed to work with our youth:
Complete an application form available by clicking below:
Agree to allow The Third Story to run a background check
Provide four confidential references whom we will contact via phone or email interview
Thoroughly understand and read the the Child Protection Policy and turn in a signed commitment form. You may download the Policy by clicking on the link below:
Child Protection Policy
Complete the Child Protection Policy Training Course covering positive discipline, child protection, child abuse reporting and appropriate touch. This training is provided at the beginning of the fall semester. Please email thethirdstory [at] thethirdstory [.] org to inquire about additional training dates and options.
If you will be driving kids we require a copy of your current driver's license and a copy of your current insurance card. You will also need to submit a "Driver Application". The form is available below:
Thanks for Helping Us Keep Our Kids Safe!
"To the while world you might just be one person;
but to one person you might just be the whole world."