In response to the difficult circumstances of online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, one Summer Creek High School student, Navaeh Jammer, has launched a tutoring program that aims to assist younger students as they grapple with the reality of online learning.
Jammer said, “I have always wanted to give back to the community and I thought that right now, this would be a perfect way to do it.”
One of the program’s goals is for high school students to supervise younger students and assist them with their coursework, thus allowing upper classmen to accumulate volunteering hours while making a positive impact on those younger students that need help.
“Many parents have been forced to return to work yet have children at home who are either in school or in online classes. Many parents, such as essential workers, are working longer hours and are honestly in need of assistance. The program will be highly flexible and situational; we are trying to meet the needs of specific parents and students, so there will obviously not be a single-handed approach. We will try to cater to the needs of specific students, whatever that may be,” Jammer said.
Jammer acknowledges that not everyone will be able to physically volunteer, especially given the risks associated with COVID-19. To make up for this, she is hoping to launch a Virtual Student Neighbors Program, whereby high school volunteers would assist younger students with their coursework via Zoom. In addition to students, adults will be invited to be virtual tutors as well. Jammer is looking to recruit many adult volunteers who will instruct and assist students virtually, particularly those with educational experience.
“One of the adult volunteers I am hoping to have as a virtual tutor is a professor with 35 years of experience whose name is Skrikyman Melethil. Dr. Melethil is a scientist and a lawyer,” she said.
Jammer explained that there is a lot of work that must be done for this program to succeed, saying, “We have to make the program official and spread word in our communities to gather volunteers. So far, there have been plenty of students and parents that have signed up to participate, but I would love to see the program expand and grow as we roll through the semester. We are always open to more volunteers; they will be the backbone of this initiative.”