Beacon Self Directed Learning is an alternative to school for kids 10-18 and are looking for volunteers to tutors and teach small, fun, weekly classes. We have many kinds of kids at Beaconbut they fall into two broad groups: life long homeschoolers and kids who have needed to come out of school. Beacon offers classes, tutors, mentoring and a social space and relies heavily on volunteers.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays we offer classes to kids ages 12-18. By sharing their interests, expertise and passions through teaching, volunteers inspire and motivate teens. Classes are small, think 5 kids. Examples of classes are Sociology through the Twilight Zone, Basic Drawing, Public Speaking, Fractions, Mysteries of Life, Non-Fiction Writing, and Dissection. The hour long classes are taught once a week and can be about almost anything! In the past, several Yale kids have offered mini-versions of a current Yale class. You can offer anything from a one week workshop to a six- ten week class.
We also need tutors; tutors work with individuals one-on-one in an area a teen expresses an interest. We currently need tutors for math and computer programming.
On Wednesday and Friday we have younger kids and could use help teaching almost anything. It’s a very small and enthusiastic group. Come have fun sharing something you love. We welcome any kind of commitment from a one time workshop to a weekly class.
Beacon is open Tuesday through Friday from 9-3 and is located at 123 Whalley Avenue, very close to the Yale Book Store.
Please contact Catherine Fisher at 203 922 2285-cell