Industry professionals volunteer to tutor K-12 students
Tell us about your idea
There are approximately 3.7 million teachers in the U.S. teaching about 57 million K-12 students. But there are nearly as many professional subject matter experts in industry as there are students. At my employer, I started Learning Buddies which paired my expert colleagues with a student. The expert volunteers, no fee to the student. This accomplished several things:
1. Student got help from an industry expert
2. The expert enjoyed sharing their expertise with an eager student
3. Company culture boost
4. Home school challenges got a little easier
This is different from tutorial services at schools, colleges and online because the expertise of the professional is often better and deeper and the no fee service lowered the barrier to participate so more students got help than otherwise possible.
At my employer, the Learning Buddies program pairs emaployee tutors with staff kids who need help with school work. The pandemic has forced many ACI families to complete the academic year remotely - without warning or preparation. In these unprecedented times, it’s important that we come together and lend a hand, as well as our expertise.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
When my family first moved to Georgia, my wife and I homeschooled our son from grade 7-9 grades. From that experience, I developed a soft spot for homeschoolers. When the pandemic suddenly thrust millions of families into homeschooling, I wanted to help.