Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, JaxTHRIVE provided one-on-one, in person tutoring on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm during the school year. With the emergence of COVID-19, JaxTHRIVE successfully transitioned to virtual tutoring in the Jacksonville community and beyond. Leveraging technology, we were able to expand our volunteer base as well as our student population to other cities across the country and, eventually, across the world. Virtual tutoring has afforded volunteers and students the opportunity to be available, not just on the weekend, but also during the week (24/7) thus expanding our impact.  To further extend our reach, we partnered with several non-profit organizations across the country that also work in the refugee arena to pair our volunteers with new students. 

Kim’s Open Door Virtual Saturday Program:

JaxTHRIVE has partnered with Kim’s Open Door for the past 4  years on a Saturday tutoring program for local refugee youth. Due to COVID-19 this fall and spring, all tutoring will be conducted online via Zoom.

We tutor elementary school students who all speak English as second language. Most are native Spanish speakers. Virtual Tutoring takes place the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, 10:30am – 11:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm.

Tutors can sign up for one or both tutoring shifts depending on their availability and tutors do not have to commit to the entire semester.

JFCS Pittsburg Youth Mentoring Virtual Program:

Support youth ages 12 and up who arrived in the country  within the last two years. Mentors will utilize the JFCS curriculum to help students learn English through creative discovery activities like reading, storytelling, poetry, and more.

Mentoring is hosted by JFCS staff, and mentors are matched to a student for the semester. Pairs work together in breakout rooms.

Sessions start January 13th and occur each week on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 EST, ending May 12th.