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High School Support Initiative

Summer Saturdays at Stanford 2017
Photo: Sophia Kim

The High School Support Initiative connects Stanford students with high school students from historically marginalized local communities as tutors, mentors and academic supports.

Research shows that the presence of caring adults in young people’s lives leads to positive outcomes such as resilience, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. The program aims to empower local youth to excel academically, to take advantage of programs offered in their schools and to become advocates for themselves and their families. At the same time, it offers Stanford students the chance to engage in a meaningful educational service experience.

Through this program, Stanford students will

  • receive comprehensive training to work with youth;
  • be partnered with youth in one-to-one or small group settings in the community;
  • build tutoring and mentoring skills and learn about local education issues; and
  • bring their strengths, interests, and skills to build strong, fruitful relationships.

Eligible students may be paid for their time through Community Service Work Study.

HSSI Program Goals

  • To provide learning and reflection opportunities for Stanford students to better understand education equity in local communities.
  • To connect Stanford resources to local school partners that respond to needs expressed by them, such as educational support or college access.
  • To connect Stanford students to high school students from historically marginalized communities to build relationships toward positive reciprocal outcomes.

Student Participation Options

  • School-year volunteer - students make at least a multi-quarter commitment to serve as tutors, academic mentors, or SAT preparation teachers. Each quarter, a schedule with options is developed in partnership with the school contacts. Students receive orientation and training before starting service. During service, students fill out online reflections, attend a mid-quarter check in, participate in learning engagements and an end of quarter wrap up meeting.
  • Summer volunteer - students serve with the Summer Saturdays at Stanford program for youth from the schools that partner with the High School Support Initiative. Stanford students serve as group mentors and support workshops and field trips that happen in the day-long sessions.
  • Education Partnerships Fellow (school-year) - this is a year-long paid fellowship for students to support the program as leaders and staff. Applicants must have participated at least one quarter with the High School Support Initiative. Hiring occurs in the spring quarter.
  • Summer Program Coordinator- part-time summer job to support Summer Saturdays at Stanford, a summer program for youth from the school partners that HSSI works with during the school year.

Application Process

  • Applications become available around week 7 of each quarter for the next quarter. 
  • New volunteers are recruited only in fall and winter quarter. For spring quarter, only returning HSSI volunteers can serve at school placements.
  • For more information, contact haashighschool@gmail.com or Sophia Kim

Find Out More

  • Stanford Students - expectations for students and what you can expect as an HSSI volunteer
  • School Partners - our school partners and a description of the placements

Opportunities for Winter Quarter (January - March 2019)

Travel time is listed below each school - add on that time to the time that is provided for the placement. For more detailed description of the type of academic support you would provide at each placement, go to the Stanford Students subpage.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

East Palo Alto Academy: After school tutoring program

(~30 min travel time)

Homework help and tutoring

3:40 – 5pm

 

 

Homework help and tutoring

3:40 – 5pm

 

 

Gunn HS: AVID Program

  • AVID training required before start
  • (~10 min travel time)

AVID tutorial

11:35am – 12:55pm

 

 

 

 

Menlo-Atherton HS: 49ers Academy HS Program

(~25 min travel time)

Homework help and tutoring: 3:30 - 4:30pm

Homework help and tutoring: 3:30 - 4:30pm

Homework help and tutoring: 3:30 - 4:30pm

Homework help and tutoring: 3:30 - 4:30pm

 

Menlo-Atherton HS: Computer Academy

(~25 min travel time)

     

SAT preparation class

8:00 - 9:00am

 

Sequoia High School: multiple options

(~35 min travel time)

 

Math tutorial

3:50 - 5:10pm

Math tutorial

3:40 - 5:50pm

College club

3:45 - 5:15pm

Math class TA

12:50 - 2:45pm

Find out more about the program through some Stanford media outlets:

Contact Sophia Kim for more information.