"raising money for...peer tutoring programs for school districts to pay
students to tutor other students who are 'falling through the cracks'."
Founded in 1989, Students for Other Students (S.O.S.) peer tutoring programs
pairs older and more advanced students with younger, less proficient students.
The student tutors are paid up to $8.00 an hour. The tutees, who are often
"at-risk" children, receive valuable one-on-one instruction, and often
come to view their tutors as positive role models.
SOSs peer tutoring program proves to be a cost-effective, win-win situation for tutees,
tutors, parents, teachers, schools, and communities. For both tutees and tutors, peer
tutoring improves the academic and social skills and performance while enhancing peer
relations and self-confidence. Parents obtain help for their children as tutees and see
academic, social, and personal growth in their children (tutees and tutors). Teachers,
who often feel stretched for resources and time, appreciate the back-up support.
Diverse elements of the community pull together to support peer tutoring and thus become
involved in the public schools, gaining a sense of control. S.O.S. benefits everyone and
has a positive, life-long impact as evidenced by participants both tutors and tutees
who have become teachers.
S.O.S. also serves as a resource for schools that want to put a
student-to-student tutoring program in place by offering the benefit of
our experience with such programs. Since 1989, we have developed
considerable expertise in what makes peer tutoring work. While each
school district is encouraged to develop its own guidelines and protocols
that make sense for its own unique needs and resources, S.O.S. works with
school administrators and teachers develop highly effective peer tutoring
A number of corporations, foundations, institutions and individuals
support S.O.S. with generous financial
and in-kind assistance. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, S.O.S., Inc. encourages personal and
corporate tax-exempt donations and offers assistance in planned giving.
Rotary International is now matching funds
with SOS. Rotary International is in 166 countries with over 31,000 clubs (526 districts).
They may be able to help you start an SOS peer-tutoring program.
We invite you to tour our site, and to
contact us with any questions,
comments or suggestions.