Thanks for your interest in tutoring. Please complete the online application below and a member of our Education & Career Resources team will contact you in August for orientation.

One hour a week can make a lifetime of difference.

It may not seem like much – but just 60 minutes with volunteer tutors can help Mercy Home’s young people catch up in school, build their confidence and fulfill their academic potential.

Tutoring is an integral part of our volunteering program. These volunteers spend an hour each week with our kids during the school year, helping them with homework and encouraging positive academic habits.

For our young people, simply having someone who listens and cares whether they do their homework can make all the difference in the world.

Current Tutors

Visit our Tutor Portal for calendars, resources, surveys, and more.

Functions of a volunteer tutor at Mercy Home

As a tutor at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, you will be asked to meet weekly, on the same night each week, with your assigned youth during study time to work on homework, academic skill building, and life skills. If your assigned youth is not available, you will be asked to work with another youth who has homework or is in need of support during study time.

Often, tutors ask to only work on a specific subject with youth. While we take these requests into consideration for pairing purposes, overall, we cannot guarantee that you will be working on the subject area that you request. Due to the nature of middle and high school coursework, a youth’s homework may be unpredictable from one night to the next. As their tutor, we ask that you put forth your best effort helping the youth with the content, and teach them how to problem-solve when the material may be difficult.

Those interested in our Chicago tutoring opportunities should

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have availability on the same night each week, for one hour, during the school year.
  • Feel comfortable directing or redirecting a child to stay on task.
  • Be knowledgeable in multiple academic subjects.
  • Commit to completing projects with youth within a prescribed amount of time.
  • Be at ease working with at-risk young people.

Tutoring sessions take place Monday through Thursday evenings, September through June

West Loop Boys Campus
West Loop neighborhood
1140 W. Jackson Blvd.

6 – 7pm or 6:30– 7:30pm

Walsh Girls Campus
Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood
11600 S. Longwood Drive

6 – 7pm or 7 – 8pm

Tutoring FAQs

Can I tutor on a different night each week?

Unfortunately, no. Because each youth has more that one tutor during the week, we must assign each volunteer to a regular schedule.

What if I have to miss a tutoring session?

If you must miss a session, please let our staff know as soon as possible. Please, however, make an effort to attend all tutoring sessions. In addition to the academic benefits of tutoring, the youth bond with their tutors and look forward to their time together.

Can I start in the middle of the school year?

Generally, yes. We typically assign tutors on an ongoing basis throughout the school year.

Is there training available?

Yes. Our staff will familiarize you with tutoring techniques and will provide information about working with at-risk youth.

What if I am uncomfortable tutoring in a certain subject?

Our tutoring application asks that you to note the subjects in which you feel most comfortable helping kids. We will do our best to match your skills to the needs of our youth. We have tutors who cover a variety of subjects, so don’t worry if you’re not an expert.

Who will I be tutoring?

Most of the young people at Mercy Home are students in middle school or high school, though some are college-aged. We will match you with a child whose age and academic level are appropriate for your skills and comfort level.

What is the time commitment for a tutor?

Tutoring takes place for an hour a week, Monday through Thursday evenings during the school year. We will work with you to find an evening that fits your schedule.

Contact us to learn more about tutoring opportunities.