Demystifying GiGi’s Tutoring!

๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ“š Hey there, adventure seekers! Get ready for an awesome and unforgettable journey with us! ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒž

๐Ÿคฉ It’s that time of the year again โ€“ the Fall 2023 Tutoring Session is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to have you on board! ๐Ÿš€ We’re on the lookout for enthusiastic individuals like you to join our tutoring team and make a real difference in the lives of some incredible families.

๐Ÿ“… Mark your calendars: The session runs from October 2 to December 10. ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ And don’t worry, we won’t ask for your soul โ€“ just a weekly commitment to meet your student at the same day and time each week. Easy-peasy!

๐ŸŒˆ Now, let’s address those pesky doubts that might be buzzing in your head:

๐Ÿ’ฅ Myth: “I don’t have time for this.”

๐Ÿ’ก Fact: Nonsense! When you become a tutor, you get to pick the days and times that work best for you. We’ll match you with a student who shares your availability. Life can be unpredictable, and we get that. So, we’re all about flexibility โ€“ you and your student will have 8-12 lessons during the session, guaranteed. With a set schedule, planning your week becomes a breeze!

๐Ÿ’ฅ Myth: “I’m no expert, so I’m not cut out for this.”

๐Ÿ’ก Fact: Hold up! You don’t need to be a seasoned pro at tutoring. In fact, a whopping 95% of our tutors had never tutored before joining us! All you need is the desire to help your community, and we’ll provide you with the tools and support to rock this gig. Whether you’re a high school senior, college student, working professional, or even a retiree looking for some fun, you’ll have a blast making a positive impact!

๐Ÿ’ฅ Myth: “I know nothing about people with Down syndrome.”

๐Ÿ’ก Fact: Fear not! You’re not alone in this boat. Most of our volunteers had never met someone with Down syndrome before they joined us. We’ve got your back with top-notch training and resources that are easy to understand. You’ll feel well-prepared and ready to make a difference!

๐ŸŽ“ Now, let’s talk about your tutor training journey. It’s a piece of cake, we promise! ๐Ÿฐ

โ€ข             ๐ŸŒŸ Virtual Volunteer Orientation: We’ll kick things off with a 1-hour session via Microsoft Teams to get you started and pumped up!

โ€ข             ๐ŸŒŸ Self-Led Training Modules: Dive into 4 hours of engaging modules on our GiGi’s training website, focused on math or literacy. Learn at your own pace and have a blast!

โ€ข             ๐ŸŒŸ Virtual Training with Program Directors: Spend 1.5 hours with our National Office Program directors, making sure you’re fully prepared and ready to rock as a tutor.

โ€ข             ๐ŸŒŸ Virtual/In-Person Training: Your choice! Enjoy a 1.5-hour session with local staff and coordinators to get familiar with available resources and have all your questions answered.

๐Ÿ“ Getting started is a breeze:

โ€ข             ๐Ÿ“‘ Digital Volunteer On-boarding Forms: Complete the easy-peasy forms to kickstart your journey.

โ€ข             ๐Ÿ” Background Check: Don’t worry, it’s on us! We’ll conduct a third-party background check to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

๐Ÿ“š Let’s talk curriculum โ€“ it’s the cherry on top! ๐Ÿ’

โ€ข             ๐Ÿ’ก Research-Based Methodology: Our program is backed by successful research, tailored for the awesome individuals with Down syndrome.

โ€ข             ๐Ÿ’ก Multi-Sensory Teaching: We’ve got various approaches up our sleeves to cater to different abilities and challenges in math and literacy.

โ€ข             ๐Ÿ’ก Graduated Levels of Progressions: We’ll help our students develop skills and boost their self-confidence along the way.

โ€ข             ๐Ÿ’ก Comprehensive and Cohesive: Our program is aligned with classroom topics, providing a holistic learning experience.

๐Ÿ’ป Technology is our friend:

โ€ข             ๐ŸŒ Collaboration with Microsoft Teams: We make use of Teams for seamless collaboration and resource sharing with tutors.

โ€ข             ๐ŸŒ Virtual Tutoring Sessions: If you choose virtual tutoring, you’ll hold your weekly sessions in a private Microsoft Teams channel. It’s easy-peasy, tech-savvy fun!

โ€ข             ๐Ÿ“Š Progress Trackers: Don’t fear the Excel sheet! These simple trackers will help you plan personalized lessons and monitor your student’s progress with ease.

So, what are you waiting for? ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ Join us for a session of smiles, growth, and heartwarming connections. Apply now for the Fall 2023 Tutoring Session, and let’s have a blast together! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒŸ

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