supporting Cambridge public school students

Why tutor or mentor?

drawingVolunteering Pays Surprising Dividends

Chances are you can remember getting additional academic support from a teacher, tutor or mentor. CSV finds that the reasons to tutor are numerous: a desire to give back; an opportunity to try out a new skill or career path; a chance to share your expertise with a young student who might be struggling. There is a wealth of research that shows that volunteering can solve problems, strengthen community, improve lives, help us connect to others, and even improve our own health.

All of our programs have a strong academic focus and respect the relationships that are created between tutor and student.

What our volunteers have to say:

“Supporting our next generation of scholars, parents and leaders is among the most important things we can do in our lives. I am grateful for the opportunity.”
—Classroom volunteer


“I love challenges, especially the challenge of trying (with the teacher’s help) to figure out how to approach the student, how to focus on the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and how to help the student develop a problem-solving technique that will help in his/her future.”
—Classroom volunteer


“Each interaction, whether via email or a face-to-face visit, offers a rewarding and interesting experience”
—NetPal volunteer