Youth Tutoring / Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Jim Frederick ~ (402) 504-4719 ~ jfrederick@bbbsomaha.org
10831 Old Mill Road, Ste 400, Omaha, NE 68154 ~ www.bigomaha.org
Be a friend to a child who needs your support and enjoy doing things together out in the community a few times a month. Children ages 7-14 years are enrolled by their parent or legal guardian. The program matches a professionally screened and trained adult volunteer or married couple with a child to participate in community activities they both enjoy. Volunteers commit to meeting with their Little Brother or Little Sister 2-4 times a month for a minimum of one year. A Match Support Specialist is in regular contact with the Big, the Little, and the parent for the length of the relationship to provide support, ideas for activities, and to ensure that matches are meeting on a regular basis.
Requirements: Must be 19 years of age or older, be a high school graduate or possess a GED, and have a valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance. All volunteers must pass a criminal background check, screening, provide four character references, and complete a minimum of two hours of training before being matched with a child. Knowing Spanish is an added benefit, but not necessary.
We are also in need of groups of volunteers at our fundraising events.

Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Josh Towey, Volunteer Coordinator ~ (402) 347-5687 ~ jtowey@bgcomaha.org
2610 Hamilton, Omaha, NE  68131 ~ www.bgcomaha.org

Volunteers are needed at: North Omaha, South Omaha, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Westside Clubs or Mount View, Morton and King Science Clubs. The North and South sites also have Late Night programs with late evening hours. Tutoring, recreation, coaching, arts & crafts, office assistants & computers are a few of the activities that volunteers help with. Spanish-speaking volunteers are also needed. 1-2 hours per week are preferred, usually in the early evening (Mon-Fri).  The North Omaha location is within walking distance of campus. Volunteers should visit our website to find the contact information for a club of their choice. Volunteers must all apply in person and fill out an application.  A staff member will set up a time to meet & tour the club.

Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Children’s Square, USA
Kathy Peterson ~ (712) 322-3700 ext. 5827 ~ kpeterson@childrenssquare.org
North 6th & Ave E, Council Bluffs, IA  51502 ~ www.childrenssquare.org

Children’s Square, USA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and internships including: tutoring, campus projects, enrichment programs, etc. Volunteer opportunities are available assisting youth in our Shelter, residential, and childcare program. Volunteers are also needed to assist with grounds maintenance, special projects, and helping out at special events. Schedules are flexible and include day, evening, and weekends and opportunities for individuals or groups of up to 20!

Child Saving Institute
Sherri Harris ~ (402) 504-3636 ~ sharris@childsaving.org
4545 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68132 ~ www.childsaving.org

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available at Child Saving Institute. Volunteers can assist anywhere from rocking babies in our Early Childhood Education Center to helping an adolescent transition from a foster home to independent living. We also have a need for helping abused or neglected children in our crisis center. All volunteers must be 19 or older. Prior to volunteering, volunteers are asked to complete training focused on the children we serve to create the best volunteer experience for all involved. We do have occasional projects for groups; contact us for more information.
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Completely Kids (formerly Campfire USA)
Katie Guenther ~ (402) 397-5809 ext. 229 ~ kguenther@completelykids.org
2566 St. Mary’s Ave, Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.completelykids.org

Completely Kids needs volunteers to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. Volunteers are needed to work with youth Monday through Friday in our after school programs at elementary and middle schools and evening programs in area homeless shelters. We are looking for energetic individuals and groups to help the youth with homework, skill development, enrichment activities, and exposure to positive role models. An extra set of hands is always appreciated in this fun environment.

Call/email us for more information about how you can help ensure the success of children in our community.
*Internship & practicum opportunities available for students in a variety of academic disciplines.

Spanish speaking recommended but not necessary.

Fontenelle Elementary School
Mr. Eric P. Nelson ~ (402) 457-5905 ~ eric.nelson@ops.org
3905 N. 52nd St., Omaha, NE  68104 ~ www.ops.org/elementary/fontenelle
Tutors are needed to work with pre-K to 6th grade students
in the areas of reading, writing, &, math during the school hours of 9:00 am – 3:45 p.m.
We can accommodate groups of up to 10 volunteers. Both one-time or continuous volunteers are welcome. No special skills required.
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Melissa Crew  ~ (712) 328-2338 ~ mcrew@gsiowa.org
1860 Madison Ave. Ste. 3, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 ~ www.girlscoutsiowa.org

Volunteers work with girls between the ages of 5-18 from various backgrounds. We look for assistance in recreational activities, programs, events, and camp. Long- term commitments available as troop leaders and assistant leaders (4-7 hrs/month) with training provided. Office assistance with mailings and data entry is also needed with very flexible hours depending on the project. We are in need of volunteers for our fall programs, which last 2-8 hours. As you can see we have opportunities for individuals and groups on a one-time or continuing basis.
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Marla Thompson  ~ (402) 779-8246 ~ mthompson@girlscoutsnebraska.org
2121 S. 44th St., Omaha, NE  68105 ~ www.girlscoutsnebraska.org
The Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska offers you a leadership experience like none other. You can become part of the 3.2 million members worldwide who are discovering what it takes to become a positive and influential leader.
Discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together by becoming a Girl Scout volunteer. You can utilize your talents within the Girl Scout volunteer network in the following ways: working directly with girls, working with other adult volunteers and council staff, and working with
others in the community. We would love to have individuals or groups planning on participating once or on a continuing basis. Call or email us today to learn more about any of these opportunities!
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary

Girls, Inc.
Fatema Graves ~ (402) 457-4676 ~ fgraves@girlsincomaha.org
2811 N. 45th St, Omaha, NE 68104 ~ www.girlsinc.org

Girls Incorporated’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We do this through a wide variety of programming that we offer daily. Girls Inc. always encourages interested adults to get involved in Girls Inc. Programs. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework activities, serving meals, field trips, job shadowing, programming and more. Help is needed between (3:00pm – 7:00pm) Monday – Friday during the school year and all day (7:00am – 6:00pm) during the summer. We would love to have individuals or groups (up to 20) planning on participating once or on a continuing basis.

Heartland Family Service
Devon Adams ~ (402) 552-7418 ~ dadams@heartlandfamilyservice.org
2101 S. 42nd St., Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.heartlandfamilyservice.org
We are seeking volunteers to assist with clients of all ages. Currently, our greatest need is working with children. Some programs available are: Domestic Abuse, Solomon Girls Center, Children’s Emergency Shelters, Senior Center, Positive Parenting Group, Youth Links and more. We would love to have individuals or groups participating once or on a continuing basis, however, we are in the process of building our returning volunteers pool.
Arabic, Karen, and Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Hope Center for Kids
Kelsea Kult ~ (402) 341-4763 ext. 1002 ~kelsea@hopecenterforkids.com
2200 N. 20th St., Omaha, NE 68110 ~ www.hopecenterforkids.com

The Hope Center for Kids works to faithfully inspire hope in youth and children through faith, education, employment and collaboration. Youth, ages 5 to 19, living in North Omaha, can participate in tutoring, competitive athletics, weekly worship, Bible-studies, one-on-one mentoring and a variety of enrichment activities. Volunteers are placed according to their strengths and interests following a background screening and new volunteer training. Assistance is needed throughout the various programs. Both one-time and long-term volunteers are welcome, but they must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Educational/teaching skills and coaching skills are helpful, but not required for every volunteer job.

Kids Can Mentoring Program
Make a difference while making a new friend: just spend one hour a week, one-on-one, with a 7-13 year old. Becoming a mentor doesn’t require any special skills or experiences. You just have to be open-minded! Many youth don’t have anyone in their lives who are able or willing to guide and listen to them. Dedicated mentors can make a huge difference in a child’s life, positively impacting academic and social skills. In order to best aid our kids, we ask that our volunteers are willing to agree to a 12-month (or longer) commitment with our program. Throughout the course of this year, you will have continual support and advice from the Mentoring Coordinator. After applying, volunteers will be required to go through a screening process. This is because the safety of children is first and foremost in our minds. Mentoring hours are available between 4pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Lothrop Magnet Center
Gina Fitzpatrick or Daniel Chipps ~ (402) 457-5704 ~ Gina.Fitzpatrick@ops.org
3300 N. 22nd St, Omaha, NE 68110 ~ www.ops.org/elementary/lothropmagnet
Lothrop Magnet Center is an Omaha Public School serving children
from pre-kindergarten to 4th grade with magnet areas of Science and Technology.
Students at Lothrop are involved in Service Learning – such as Green projects – and learning
about renewable energy sources. Lothrop is lucky enough to have Community In Schools on campus, which has helped foster many community connections.
Volunteers are needed in the greenhouse; for science projects, reading, math,
technology, and mentoring. Lothrop is an ideal opportunity for people pursuing an Education, Counseling, or Social Work major as well as for those with an interest in Science, Environmental topics, or Technology.
We can accommodate groups of 1-25 volunteers and welcome both long-term and short-term volunteers.

Omaha Street School
Marcus Brown ~ (402) 451-5234 ext.161 ~ mbrown@omahastreetschool.org
3223 No. 45th St, Omaha, NE 68104 ~ www.omahastreetschool.org

The Omaha Street School is a faith-based, accredited, alternative high school, located in Omaha, Nebraska which puts at-risk youth on the road to success. Omaha Street School focuses on dropout prevention by offering a personalized education, a moral code, and tools for self-sufficiency through non-traditional approaches.
The 9th-12th grade high school students at OSS have typically not succeeded in traditional public or private schools, and many arrive with significant learning deficiencies. OSS offers low student to teacher ratios, individualized student learning plans and a focus on career pathways.
The OSS FutureFocus program is designed to move clients, ages 17 and older, towards job readiness, life skills and continuing education. Programs include individualized GED tutoring, and job readiness training in collaboration with community partners.
Our groups meet at Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Fridays 8:00 am to 12:00 pm or Monday-Thursday from 1-5 pm.

The Partnership For Our Kids – Goal Setting and Mentoring Program
Oanh Heiser ~ (402) 557-6367 ~ oheiser@thepartnershipforourkids.org
Tracy Wells ~ (402) 930-3095 ~ twells@thepartnershipforourkids.org
1004 Farnam St, Suite 200, Omaha NE 68102 ~ www.gettoknowmeomaha.com
The Partnership 4 Kids – has two volunteer opportunities:

Group Mentoring Program works
with 225 Omaha Public School students with 5 middle schools and 4 high school 9th graders.
Group Mentors volunteer 3 times a month (between 330pm – 5pm) Monday – Thursday to lead discussions, participate in activities, and attend field trips and college visits with a small group of students. Group Mentors provide a grown-up perspective on the necessary

Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

Goal Setting Elementary Program works
With 4,200 Omaha Public School Students with 12 Title 1 Elementary Schools.
Goal Setting volunteer 1 times a month (2 hrs, morning or afternoon) Tuesday-Thursday
to encourage students to reach their math, reading, and life skill goals set by teachers.
The commitment is a minimum of one school year.

The program works with small groups of low-income students focusing on high school graduation, college and career exploration, and life skills

TeamMates Mentoring Program
Callie Erickson ~ (402) 515-7731 ~ cerickson@teammates.org
11850 Nicholas St, Suite 120, Omaha, NE 68154 ~ www.teammates.org

The TeamMates Mentoring Program provides support and encouragement for youth.
With our mission being to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring, we strongly believe that by giving one hour of your time once a week, you can change two lives, yours and a child’s.
Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves
to making a difference in the life of a young person. As a volunteer,
mentors can give youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision. We can accommodate any number of volunteers but prefer long-term versus one-time service.

United Methodist Ministries
Lisa Maupin ~ (402) 898-9862 ~ lmaupin@bigmuddyumc.org
2665 Farnam St, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68131 ~ www.gardenbig.org
The Big Garden: We are a non-profit organization empowering neighbors to grow nutritious food, build community, improve health and start small business in Omaha. Volunteers are needed to help in any of the 30 garden sites to assist with watering, weeding, harvesting and cleaning.
Blue Flamingo Thrift Store (1716 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE 68108, (402) 964-2740) Volunteers needed to help in day to day projects related to retail Mon-Sat with flexible hours. A fun opportunity to shop while you work! Arts and literacy activities available as well.Volunteers needed to help in day –to- day projects related to retail Mon-Sat with flexible hours. A fun opportunity to shop while you work! Arts and literacy activities available as well.
We can accommodate groups of 1-14 volunteers and welcome both long-term and one-time service. No special skills required.