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The college readiness program needs 25 dedicated tutors to help guide students

COURTESY PHOTO: AVID  - The Gresham-Barlow School District is searching for AVID tutors for its middle school and high school programs. Looking to encourage the next generation of college grads? The Gresham-Barlow School District needs committed and student-focused AVID tutors to help at the districts middle and high schools.

AVID is a school program that encourages students to apply for college by preparing them for that process and also helping them develop career readiness skills and maintain their academic success. The program focuses on low-income and first-generation students who often don't consider college as an option.

AVID tutors are critical in helping students help themselves. The AVID structure of tutoring is a non-traditional style that has tutors work with a group of students and help them develop their self-advocacy skills and build their confidence to work on their own.

"The AVID tutoring sessions are actually set up where a group of students are working together and the tutors are there facilitating a discussion as opposed to simply providing an answer," said Gresham-Barlow's Gresham-Barlow's Director of Secondary Education Tim Collins. "If a student is struggling with a question, a tutor would ask them what notes the student might have that could help."

The district is looking for about 25 to 30 tutors.

"We are looking for people who have a passion and a desire to work with kids and make a difference," Collins said.

The positions are flexible with AVID classes occurring all day at the district's high schools and in the afternoon at the middle schools.

Tutors can apply online and will be paid $17 an hour. They are limited to 14 hours per week with tutoring sessions happening on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will also have a paid training session.

"We are really looking to bring quality tutors because while the focus is working through schoolwork in a collaborative setting, often times students become curious about college and what tutors might have majored in or what schools they applied too," Collins said. "So, we are looking for a wide variety of backgrounds."

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