Back to School Strong

August means back to school shopping, but many in San Diego are struggling to provide even the most basic supplies for their kids, let alone help with homework. Your time and donations can help kids go back to school strong.

School Supplies

Bags are available for school supply donations through August 13th and your monetary donations will provide backpacks to help refugee and immigrant children, children in foster care, and kids from families experiencing homelessness to go back to school strong!

Supplies needed for each backpack:

Pencil box   Pack of Pencils   Pack of Erasers   Pack of Stick Glue   Pack of Colored Pencils   Box of Crayons

Pencil Sharpener  Scissors  2 Spiral Notebooks   Reusable Water Bottle

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Tutor/Mentor

Our affiliates offer weekly tutoring programs providing holistic academic support to under-served children in our community. Tutoring programs start in mid September. Morning, afternoon and evening options are available.  Mentoring opportunities are also available for building relationships with high school students and young adults, including one-time and ongoing time frames.  On Sunday, August 13th at Redeemer Church, we’ll have representatives onsite from San Diego Refugee Tutoring, Casa de Amistad, and A Step Beyond. Stop by to learn more about tutoring opportunities and consider helping an at-risk student.

Available Programs

Casa de Amistad – Solana Beach

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15-5:45pm (elementary students) or 5-7:30pm (middle & high school students)

Casa de Amistad provides tutoring, educational support, and character development to underserved children, teens, and their families in the coastal North County San Diego area. Tutors need to commit to at least one tutoring session once a week and can choose the age of student(s) they’d prefer to work with.

Fall Tutor Training on Thursday, August 31st, 5:00-7:00PM in Debin Hall of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Both returning and new tutors will receive a volunteer application, handbook, and further information at the training. The first day of our tutoring program for this school year will be Tuesday, September 12th, 2017. Sign Up


San Diego Refugee Tutoring – City Heights

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6:30pm (Kindergarten – 5th grade)

San Diego Refugee Tutoring provides tutoring and comprehensive academic support to refugees in eastern City Heights. Tutors need to commit to attending a volunteer orientation and tutoring at least once a week.

Tutoring orientation dates are Tuesday, September 19th or Thursday, September 21st at 5pm. The tutoring program will start the following week on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017. Sign Up

RSVP for an orientation, complete a volunteer form, and a background check here.


A Step Beyond – Escondido

Monday through Thursday, 4:00-6:00pm (3rd – 6th grade)

A Step Beyond provides under-served youth with opportunities that greatly expand their expectations and ambitions through dance education, academic support, and family services. Tutoring volunteers read with students and assist with homework. Tutors need to commit to attending a volunteer orientation and tutoring at least once a week.

Tutoring begins mid-September. Sign Up

Fill out A Step Beyond’s volunteer application here.


Ocean Knoll Elementary – Encinitas

Mondays, 2:30-3:30pm (3rd grade)

Ocean Knoll Elementary in Encinitas needs tutors for an after school program designed to boost the literacy of 3rd graders, which is a metric closely tied to future outcomes. Daytime options are also available to work with English Language Learners individually. Tutoring takes place in the Media Center.

Tutoring begins September 11th. Sign Up

Fill out Ocean Knoll’s volunteer application here.

To view all volunteer opportunities in calendar format, click here.