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Volunteer with the Schools of Hope!

What do we do?

Schools of Hope is an effort to reduce the gap in academic achievement between students of color and their white peers in Dane County schools. Working closely twelve middle schools in Dane County, the Urban League recruits, trains and matches tutors with students to ensure that all students are adequately prepared to successfully complete algebra and other academic subjects when they enter high school.

How Can You Help?  Be a tutor!

We currently need volunteer and Work Study tutors at twelve sites throughout Dane County. Tutors meet one-on-one or with small groups of students at least an hour each week. Tutoring happens at the school, Monday through Friday, either during the student’s study hall, learning lab, classroom periods, or after school. During this time, tutors will provide their student with academic guidance including assignment completion, test preparation, study skills, organization and time management skills.

Why Help?

  • Because tutors make a difference in the lives of students! Past tutors and teachers alike overwhelmingly report that the support you can give makes a difference in students academic performance, behavior, and attitude toward school.
  • Because tutors develop fun and rewarding relationships with youth.
  • Because Schools of Hope is regarded as one of the most successful tutoring initiatives in the area.
  • Because tutors receive free professional training and ongoing support from highly skilled professionals.
  • Because you may be able to fulfill course requirements including practicums, internships and service learning projects.
  • UW and MATC students with a workstudy award may be eligible to earn $10 per hour as a Schools of Hope Middle School Tutor.  Contact us to learn more!


  • Ability to effectively communicate and an understanding of the needs of underachieving students.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a trusting and positive relationship with middle and high school students.
  • Second language skills, particularly Spanish, Hmong, and Cambodian are highly desirable.
  • A background free of convictions for serious offenses as determined by School District guidelines. 

Tutoring Sites

Choose from twelve sites throughout Dane County.

View Schools of Hope Middle School Sites in a larger map

Get Involved

To apply to be a middle school tutor

 Download our Volunteer Application

 Complete our online application (note: this online application form is hosted as part of a new website and other functions on this site are not yet fully functional)

Email us at

Call us at 608.729.1200

For more information on elementary school tutoring, click here.