Schools of Hope Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a SOH volunteer tutor for the 2023-24 school year. Please look over the following information before filling out your application.

School info
  • Schools of Hope will provide support at Wadewitz and our three community schools: Knapp, Julian Thomas and the Academies of Racine Mitchell (AoR Mitchell). Please check the links below for locations and driving times.
  • In addition to traditional SOH tutoring, AoR Mitchell and Julian Thomas have a need for bilingual English/Spanish speaking volunteers to tutor students in the dual language program. In this program, students from bilingual families and monolingual families come together to learn both English and Spanish, producing bilingual students by the fifth grade. Spanish-dominant students are able to keep their native language while learning English and English-dominant students are able to learn Spanish. The program follows an 80/20 model in which kindergarten students receive 80 percent of their daily instruction in Spanish and 20 percent in English. By fifth grade, children spend half of the day learning in each language. The bilingual staff is dedicated to helping our students not only reach the North Star goals, but to do so as bilingual, bi-literate young adults.
  • You will not select your specific tutoring location or time slots at this time. Once the intervention blocks for each school are provided, you will receive a link to a separate form to select the school, day and time that works best for you. We will then match your availability with a student that has been chosen to participate. 
  • Tutoring will begin the week of October 16, 2023 and end May 10, 2024.
  • Tutor teams can be formed to make the weekly commitment easier. Up to two volunteers can share the same volunteer assignment. Volunteers are responsible for scheduling and ensuring that someone is present for the assigned session. If you are volunteering as a team, each person is required to fill out the volunteer application. Please signal in your application that you are volunteering as part of a tutor team and list the other volunteer in the designated spot.
  • All volunteers are required to complete a background check through Sterling Volunteers by Sunday, October 8. You will be invited via email to complete the background check by the program director, Lori Riffer. United Way of Racine County covers the cost of the background check.
  • Virtual orientation will be held the weeks of September 18 and 25. Please select your orientation date and time in the application. 
  • On-site school training will be held the weeks of October 3 and 9. Trainings will take place at participating schools in the evening from 5:30-7pm. In your application, choose one of the training options to attend. Please select the school or date/time that best fits your schedule.
    • Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - Wadewitz
    • Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - AoR Mitchell
    • Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - Julian Thomas
    • Thursday, October 12, 2023 - Knapp

When filling out your information

  • New and returning tutors must complete this application to become for the 2023-24 school year.
  • Your application must be completed and submitted in one session. If you navigate away from the page, your progress will not be saved.
  • Please do not complete the application in ALL CAPS or all lower case.
  • Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are required and must be completed in order for your application to be submitted.
  • We recommend using Google Chrome to complete this application.
  • Additional questions can be directed to Initiatives Director Lori Riffer at or 262-456-6468.

Tutor Application

Volunteer information
Contact information
Emergency contact information
Volunteer interest and availability
Volunteer interest
Please select one.
I plan to attend returning tutor orientation.
Please select the orientation that you would like to attend. You will receive a link for the virtual meeting via email.
I plan to attend new tutor orientation.
Please select the orientation that you would like to attend. You will receive a link for the virtual meeting via email.
Tutor training
In-person school trainings are no longer being held. You will recieved a recording of the training to review at your convenience. 
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By volunteering to provide in-person services you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Volunteer demographics

The information provided in this section will not be connected to your name. 

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Racine Unified School District and United Way of Racine County require all volunteers working with students to have a current background check on file. After completing your volunteer orientation, you will receive an email with a link that will take you to the Sterling Volunteer application. 

I understand that my eligibility to be a volunteer is dependent on my background check results. 

I understand that Racine Unified School District and United Way of Racine County shall not be held liable in any respect if my volunteering is terminated because of false or incomplete statements, answers or omissions made by me on the disclosure form of any other document.

If accepted as a volunteer, I understand that I will be expected to keep in absolute confidence any and all confidential information that comes to my attention as the direct result of my volunteer duties.