OASIS Tutoring

Share your love of reading as an OASIS volunteering


Training sessions are available in University City


What is OASIS?
OASIS is a national not-for-profit education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of mature adults. Offering challenging programs in the arts, humanities, health, technology and volunteer service, OASIS creates opportunities for people to continue their personal growth and serve their communities. Programs are available in 25 cities across the United States.

You can help a child learn to love reading and learning!
Would you be willing to spend some time each week doing something fun and fulfilling - especially if you knew it could change a child’s life forever? If your answer is “yes,” please consider being a tutor, mentor and friend for a child who needs help developing reading and language skills. Through the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program, volunteers, your neighborhood schools and OASIS work together to help children build reading skills, self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning. Training and materials are provided; no teaching experience is needed.

How do I become a tutor?
You begin by completing the tutor training program provided by your local school. Then you commit to meeting with a student each week. You will work with the same child throughout the school year. Of course, your student and his or her teacher will understand when you need time for vacations or emergencies.

Do I need teaching experience?
No. Your enthusiasm, patience and compassion are far more important. Your roles as a tutor are those of a friend and a role model.

What age are the children?
The program is designed for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, a critical period for developing reading and language skills.

Where and when will I tutor?
You will work in a school right in your neighborhood. Your student’s teacher will help you find a time during the school day for your weekly sessions.

What training will I receive?
Tutors complete an in-depth training based on a proven six-part plan of activities. You’ll learn ways to draw out the child’s experiences and create simple stories that form the basis for reading activities. You are encouraged to also attend tutor meetings for continued training and the chance to share your successes and challenges with other tutors.

When are training sessions available?
The District and neighboring districts provide new tutor training throughout the year. Tutors are also encouraged to attend monthly District meetings to share best practices and receive more tips to improve working with students. In-District meeting dates are posted to the District calendar above.

For more information, contact:
Marietta Carroll, communication arts and social studies curriculum coordinator, at mcarroll@ucityschools.org or 314-290-4072.

2014-15 OASIS tutoring brochure with training registration form (2-page PDF)

OASIS is sponsored by The Macy’s Foundation, BJC Healthcare and Anheuser-Busch.

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