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Sophomore Skills

Give high school students the academic skills they need to succeed to get into college on a Sophomore Skills tutoring project.

Prepare High School Sophomores for their Future

New York Cares’ Teen Education Programs provide low-income and underserved high school students with the support they need to prepare for college.  Become a Sophomore Skills tutor this spring and help students build vital skills for the future!

The SAT remains one of the major gateways to college, but many students lack the fundamental academic skills to tackle the test.  The Sophomore Skills program provides intensive tutoring in math, reading, and writing, helping students excel on the PSAT, SAT, Regents exams, and in their core classes.  This year, 150 volunteers at 15 schools and community centers will empower over 390 students gain the skills need to get into the college of their choice.

Tutor Math or English this Spring

During the spring semester, volunteers work with sophomores who are planning to take the SAT in their junior year.  Volunteers have the option to tutor either math or reading and writing.  Anyone new to the program must attend a 2-hour tutoring strategies training at the New York Cares office before the first session.

Sophomore Skills runs weekly from late February through May on weekday evenings (usually from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (usually from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) at 15 locations throughout the city. After training, you will be able to choose your time, day, and location.

If you have never volunteered with New York Cares before, you must first attend a one-hour new volunteer orientation.

For more information about the program, please read our frequently asked questions, email, or call (212) 402-1147.

Sign Up For a Sophomore Skills Training to Get Started

Training sessions are held throughout the last week of January and first 3 weeks of February. Trainings introduce volunteers to tutoring strategies, lesson planning, and tips for working with teenagers. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to present demonstration lessons to a partner and receive feedback.