Deadline for peer tutoring program

Needham Youth Services officials are accepting applications from high school students interested in serving as tutors next fall, and from students in third through eighth grades who are looking for help with their academics. The peer tutoring program involves a weekly one-hour meeting at a designated place, starting in October and running until the end of the school year. Tutors must be able to attend a mandatory training session, and check in with program staff periodically during the year. They will be able to earn community service credits needed to graduate. The organization will accept students for tutoring when the student has demonstrated a need for academic assistance, or a need for help in developing study habits. The program is not recommended for students with advanced learning or behavioral issues. The applications are available online at www.needhamma.gov/youth/peertutor, and are due by May 31. Any students on this year’s waiting list must reapply with a new application. Parents of students seeking assistance will be notified by the end of June whether their child qualifies for the program. There is a $45 fee to cover cost of materials, but it can be waived based on financial need, according to program organizers. For more information, contact Michelle Butman at 781-455-7500, ext. 266, or at mbutman@needhamma.gov.