YMCA Adds Virtual Tutoring to its School Age Programs

By: Mollie Shauger | Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | Youth Development

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LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has launched a new Virtual Tutoring Program to provide one-on-one support in specific subject areas to students in grades K-8. This program follows the successful roll out of two similar Y programs - Virtual Distance Learning and Virtual Kindergarten Readiness.

“As an organization committed to youth development, the Y continues to provide the tools and resources that children need to thrive in this new era of learning,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. "From our virtual academic programs to School Age Child Care, the Y is committed to helping families navigate the challenges of this unique school year."

During Virtual Tutoring, Y child care professionals and staff who have experience working with school-age youth will work with students through virtual one-hour sessions using Zoom. Staff undergo thorough background and reference checks, and receive several hours of training in child protection and safety, including Child Abuse Prevention and Live Virtual Program Safety.

Sessions are available Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Once families book their first session, the Y will complete an initial assessment to determine a child’s specific area of needs. 

Families do not need to be YMCA members to utilize this program, however members are eligible for a reduced rate. Families can purchase any number of sessions, and discounts are available for initial purchases as well as packages of 10 or more sessions. 

The YMCA also offers financial assistance to help eligible families pay for this program or other Y programs.

For more information about the program including costs, or to schedule a session, visit the Y’s Virtual Tutoring Page at metroymcas.org.

To learn more about all of the Y’s virtual academic support programs, including Distance Learning and Kindergarten Readiness, visit metroymcas.org.

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.


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