That growth has afforded Roselin’s business the opportunity to leverage the Tutor Corps Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, to support student scholarships, community service grants and awards for teachers. In 2018, Tutor Corps funded an 11th grade Tam High student’s LEAP Dance Program, which supports the Marin Performing Stars after school program in Marin City, Sausalito and San Rafael, allowing girls to create a performance that allowed their families “to see their children in a new light.” The foundation also supported a Tam High eleventh grader’s Music Together project, which promoted “inclusion, connection and acceptance between the special education students and greater student body through the camaraderie of making music.”
Now the foundation has unveiled its latest batch of recipients, including:
Sadie, The Hamlin School – Comfort Kits for Kids
Sadie began fundraising and recruiting classmates and friends to assemble and distribute “Comfort Kits for Kids” to help kids who are coping with the loss of family members. She wanted to offer a tangible expression of outreach from other children to remind them that they are not alone in their grief and that other kids are thinking of them. Her “Comfort Kits for Kids” include a soft lovable huggable teddy bear, a journal, soft animal pens, a soothing squishy toy and most importantly a personalized note and poem from Sadie.
Ollie, Lick-Wilmerding High School – Inventing Reality
As a part of Inventing Reality, a student run program, Ollie and his friends wanted to create a maker space, where students could come and turn their ideas into reality through the use of 3D printing and modeling. Ollie is responsible for lesson development, printing, and teaching class twice a week, and with the Tutor Corps Foundation grant, has been able to purchase a 3D printer to use.
Laila, Menlo-Atherton High School – The Playdate
The Playdate is a class that incorporates dance, music, art, mindfulness and team building with the hope of bringing current and former foster youth together to create community and stability. Laila comments: “By offering this class to the foster children in the county, they can see it as an opportunity to belong to something.”
Jack, Polytechnic High School – Outdoor Summer Fun at the Library
Jack applied for a grant that would help run a summer camp at a local library in Pasadena, CA. He used the grant money to purchase equipment for outdoor activities like dodgeball, kickball, and wiffleball while providing the opportunity for the neighborhood children to become friends and get to know their neighbors.
In addition to community service grants, Tutor Corps also regularly awards Teacher of the Year Awards as well as tutoring scholarships, providing one-on-one tutoring for the academic year, with one scholarship recently going to an eighth grader at Mill Valley Middle School. The Scholarship funds one-on-one tutoring for the academic year.