Virtual Academic Mentor

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Homework Club Academic Mentor Description

General Description:

Following the passage of the Racial Imbalance Act in 1966, the METCO program provides the opportunity for children from isolated urban schools in Boston and children from isolated suburban schools in neighboring towns to learn together in an integrated public school setting. METCO is the largest school desegregation program in the country. It is the commonwealth’s only program designed to address the long standing racial and economic segregation in our public school. METCO is a critical asset in our collective effort to close the achievement gap for students of color in Mass. Throughout its history, METCO has provided students with a strong academic foundation, as well as an environment rich in cultural, educational, ethnic and racial diversity.  Over the last half century, METCO has reached tens of thousands of students supporting 3,300 students annually in 33 participating suburban school districts and 190 public schools.  METCO is funded by the state of Massachusetts and administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. METCO’s track record speaks for itself; graduation rates and college attainment far above the state averages and lifelong friendships between diverse students.  It creates environments where students, parents, and teachers of different backgrounds can appreciate diversity, find common ground through shared experiences, and strive toward the mutual goal of preparing young people to become global citizens.


The Academic Mentor will:

  • Facilitate virtual 1-to-1 homework help sessions with students in 3rd grade through 5th grade

  • Provide individualized academic support to students

  • Help students learn organization and prioritization strategies 

  • Create an encouraging environment where students feel empowered to thrive

  • Advocate on behalf of students

  • Engage with students with kindness, humility and patience

  • Report to Academic, College and Career Coordinator after each session

  • Follow up on attendance, academic and behavior issues, 

  • Maintain frequent communication with Academic, College and Career Coordinator to ensure program success

Required Skills for Academic Mentor:

  • Strong communication skills (written, oral, media)

  • Empathy, patience and adaptability

  • Outgoing personality, ability to work sensitively with diverse populations and to motivate students

  • Strong computer knowledge and ability to use technology such as Google Suite, Zoom, and databases

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize

  • Willingness and ability to accept feedback and learn new tasks quickly

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details 

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and (Haitian Creole/English) is a plus

  • Prior tutoring experience is a plus

To Apply:

Click here for applications. If you have any questions feel free to contact Cydni Burton at

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