By Megan Conn, The Imprint, November 25, 2020
As students across the country struggle to keep up with their schoolwork while sheltering from the coronavirus, tens of thousands of foster youth will now have access to one-on-one support from a free tutoring program being rolled out nationwide.
A few months ago, leaders at the online tutoring platform Learn to Be reached out to offer their help to iFoster, which connects foster youth to resources. The two quickly set up a pilot program to match young people in Central and Southern California, New York City and West Virginia with virtual tutors. The feedback has been so positive that they are now opening it up to all of iFoster’s more than 53,000 active members and any youth eligible for membership.
While iFoster already offered some drop-in tutoring, the new program is unique because it will pair students with a personal tutor who they can meet with regularly. Learn to Be students typically work with a tutor one hour a week for an average of eight months.