VIBES Mentor Tutor Program
12111 NE 1st Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
Opportunities are available at all 28 Bellevue schools in grades K-12, including district preschools. VIBES mentors and tutors are positive, dependable role models. As a mentor or tutor, you can support academic achievement, encourage development of social skills, and motivate students to become life-long learners. In just one hour a week, you can have a lasting impact on a child’s life.
Steps to Become a Mentor/Tutor
VIBES is an in-school program. VIBES mentors and tutors work on campus during school hours only.
Complete an online VIBES application – Bellevue School District Volunteer Application, Disclosure Form, Washington State Patrol Form, and Volunteer Rules, Requirements, and Agreement form. Be sure to include complete contact information for two references.
Attend a VIBES Program orientation. VIBES orientations are held twice a month, and you can choose between a morning or evening session on those days.
Ways You Can Mentor or Tutor
As a one-on-one volunteer, you meet weekly with the same student. Placements are available for tutors and mentors, althought you will probably do a little of both either way. Students greatly benefit from one-on-one attention from a caring adult.
Small Group/Classroom Academic Tutor
Classroom academic tutors support all students. Their role in the classroom depends on the teacher. Volunteers may circulate around the room, helping students that need extra assistance that day, or they may work with small groups of students. Volunteering in the classroom is a great way to explore teaching as a career or earn volunteer hours for a Masters in Teaching program.
Elementary School Robotics
Help elementary students explore the world of robotics. Ardmore, Lake Hills and Medina are seeking volunteers to support their First Lego League (FLL) robotics teams. Volunteers are needed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:00-4:30. No prior robotics experience required.
Dual Language Programs
Bellevue School District firmly believes that language is a valuable resource and a skill needed to contribute and compete globally in our developing world. Dual Language Programs offer the chance for students to add a language while at the optimal age for language learning.
Spanish Dual Language Program – fluent Spanish speakers have the opportunity to use their language skills while working with elementary students in our Spanish Dual Language classrooms. Our Spanish Dual Language program serves students at Lake Hills,Stevenson and Sherwood Forest Elementary. Students spend 90% of their academic day immersed in Spanish in classrooms comprised of 1/2 native Spanish speakers and 1/2 native English speakers. Spanish speaking volunteers may work with individuals, small groups, or support the entire class in various activities while at the same time modeling language skills.
Mandarin Dual Language Program – fluent Mandarin speakers have the opportunity to use their language skills while working with elementary students at Jing Mei Elementary. Students spend 90% of their academic day immersed in Mandarin in classrooms comprised of 1/2 native Chinese speakers and 1/2 non-native Chinese speakers. Mandarin speaking volunteers may work with individuals, small groups, or support the entire class in various activities while at the same time modeling language skills.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
The AVID program is currently recruiting volunteers to facilitate small group discussions among AVID students. AVID is an academic elective designed to ensure that all students, especially the students in the middle, complete a college preparatory path. AVID teaches study skills and questioning strategies to help these students succeed. AVID coaches go through the VIBES application process and orientation, and they receive additional training to prepare them for working in the AVID classroom.
Help high school seniors with any part of the college application process for which they need assistance. College Corps volunteers assist students with their college research, applications, personal statements, and scholarship essays. College Corps runs from early October through mid-January. Days and times vary, depending on high school. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one to one and a half hours per week. Training provided.
Subject Area Experts for Secondary Grades
Share your expertise, ignite interest in your field, or guide a young student’s learning in real world applications. Subject area experts work with teachers to create real world study problems, facilitate small problem-solving groups, and mentor/tutor students needing extra support.
After School Learning Programs
Share your passion for reading, math or science with elementary students enrolled in after-school enrichment programs. Support students enrolled in middle school homework clubs with math, science and/or language arts.
The Transition Services Center at Interlake High serves students aged 18-21 years with disabilities. While the abilities and skill levels of the students in our program ranges widely, we aim to empower each and every one of them to reach their potential as independent adults. We work with students through classroom-based instruction in functional academics, recreational skills, daily living skills and social experiences. Volunteers can help in many ways – work with students on their money skills, help a student follow a recipe to make a simple meal, facilitate a small group of students learning about current events, or help a student practice his/her typing skills.
We also work collaboratively with families and local businesses to help students learn adaptive skills in the community. Functional academic skills are used when making transactions at a store or fast food restaurant. Recreation and leisure skills are used when visiting the library and shopping centers. Volunteers are needed as an extra set of eyes when staff members take a group of students to do an activity off-campus.