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The Tutoring and Mentoring (TAM) Program is a free after-school program serving students in second through sixth grade with reading, math, and basic homework support. Through TAM's structured educational and recreational activities, we are able to encourage and strengthen the developmental assets in our students which ultimately helps them achieve academic and social success.

The TAM Program occurs after school from 2:45 pm until 4:45 pm at local elementary schools and our 93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa Community Center providing after-school tutoring and mentoring to nearly fifty students.

During the first hour, the TAM Program academic assistance provides one-on-one tutoring for reading, math and homework assistance. The second hour is spent in activities such as, playing sports, arts and crafts and playing board games to develop social interactions. The intention of this program is to help our TAM students improve their social skills, improve English communication and develop moral character traits, which will mentor students to become good citizens and assets in our community.

The TAM Mission Statement

To improve the academic achievement of students through increasing their overall knowledge, skills and time devoted to schoolwork, by providing additional or remedial academic instruction and guidance. Our mission is accomplished by one-on-one interaction, which encourages the student to achieve their goals by emphasizing the complete person; academically, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Interested in volunteering for the TAM program?

Are you over the age of 16 and feel that education is important?  Do you care about the future of the youth in Sonoma County? If so, then you may be the right person to become a tutor/mentor to a very lucky child.

Our volunteer tutors have a common interest in students and education. The commitment they make is to faithfully meet with their assigned students, one-on-one, for two hours each week while school is in session. As students and their adult tutors get to know each other, a trust develops and along with that trust, a desire to improve. School leaders report TAM students see test scores rise and along with that improved self-confidence and self-discipline.

Interested in becoming a tutor? Call 707-535-4248, or email patricia.guillory-jackson@usw.salvationarmy.org


Volunteer requirements

  - Complete a volunteer tutor application, include two references

  - Participate in the orientation and training process

  - For the safety of our students, volunteers will be fingerprinted as a part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal background check

  - State Law mandates that all volunteers working in the public schools must have a negative TB test on file


Interested in donating to the TAM program?

We have several ways for individuals and organizations to donate to the TAM program. You may simply donate gifts of cash to sponsor a student in the TAM program. Or you may also help by providing elementary age books, notebooks, binder paper, pencils, art supplies, recreational equipment (soccer balls), board games or by providing the healthy snacks for all of the students.

We have found providing healthy snacks to be important to teach children about the benefits of healthy eating when they are young, so they will seek out healthy foods on their own as teens and adults. Your donation will encourage them to make healthy snacking decisions.

We hope you will consider donating to the TAM program.

Please call (707) 535-4248, or email patricia.guillory-jackson@usw.salvationarmy.org if you are interested in donating to the TAM program.


Useful documents:

Tutoring and Mentoring Brochure

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