Who are you?
We are a group of Cincinnati high-school students, volunteering to help pass on our love of learning to students K-12 and to help them succeed in school. We are teen-founded and teen-run.
What schools do your tutors attend?
We have teens from 11 area high schools: Seven Hills, Saint Xavier, Walnut Hills, CHCA, Mason, Saint Ursula Academy, Ursuline Academy, Purcell Marian, Lakota East, Notre Dame Academy, Milford.
How do you screen your tutors?
Tutor Teens are our friends, friends of friends, or sign-up through their school's service program. We verify each student on social media and conduct face-to-face orientations on Zoom. We also require parent permission for a teen to become a tutor.
How do you match students with tutors?
We match the needs of your child with the skills and availability of our tutors. We also match genders, based on pronouns provided, unless you request otherwise.
Is this really free?
Yes! We are all volunteers who enjoy working with students. Some of us are getting service hours through our schools.
Can I pay/tip my tutor?
All our teens commit to participate in this program as non-paid volunteers. If you want to recognize your teen’s efforts, we ask that you donate to Kind is the New Cool, a Cincinnati-based, teen-led, program focused on kindness, lunchtime inclusiveness and anti-bullying.
can i request a specific tutor?
As we need to consider the workload and schedule of tutors in our matching, we cannot accept specific requests.
Do parents sit in on tutoring sessions?
Parents/Guardians are always welcome to sit in on sessions. We recommend that a parent/guardian attend part of the initial session to get to know your tutor, but after that, it is at your discretion. We have, however, found that students engage better when parents aren’t directly involved :)
Can students sign-up on their own?
We are happy to communicate directly with older students for scheduling, but parent/guardian permission is required for every student to participate in the program. If a student signs up on their own, they must provide parent/guardian information so we can communicate with the parent/guardian.
How Do Know if my child is making progress?
Your tutor will create a Learning Log at the end of each session. These logs arrive via email and let you know what was accomplished, how the session went, and a reminder of the next session scheduled.