Provide Free 1-1 Tutoring for Bay Area Students

Aug 26, 2014

Thanks for making the school year a success!

TF student Alamoni with her tutor John
TF student Alamoni with her tutor John

School is finally back in session so we wanted to take this time to reflect on the highlights from the past school year as we gear up for an even better 2014-15. Thanks to our Community of Learners, Tutorpedia Foundation provided 3,157 hours of free tutoring to 228 Bay Area students last year!

Eduardo’s Achievement

Eduardo was an inspiration for us this year. Coming in with a failing grade in geometry and limited language skills, he managed to turn his grade around and ended the school year with a B. His tutor George expressed how patient, sharp, and efficient Eduardo was during his sessions. “Eduardo came into our tutoring sessions with very focused questions. At times when the answers must have appeared arbitrary to him, he never became frustrated or discouraged, always learning as much as he could with good humor and great patience,” said George. The language barrier made it difficult for him to master and memorize every method and concept but if he continues to work hard and remains dedicated, he is well on his way to earning an A in his math classes this year. Fortunately, he has the right attitude, disposition, and tutor to do just that!

Become a Volunteer Tutor

Tutorpedia Foundation is looking for volunteer tutors to help us expand our reach with students just like Eduardo. Tutors are needed to work 1-1 with middle school and high school students on a variety of subjects. Tutoring for the fall semester begins September 2, 2014 and ends December 19, 2014. All TF tutors receive training and orientation to empower you to support our students, a toolkit for quick-reference during tutoring sessions, and ongoing support. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor please email us at

Farewell to Diaris, Welcome to Nikole!

This summer we bid a fond farewell to our Director of Operations, Diaris as she headed off to Atlanta to start the 2-year MBA program at Emory University's Goizueta Business School and welcomed a new member to our team, C. Nikole Saulsberry, as our Development & Communications Manager. Nikole comes to us with a track record of success with nonprofit fundraising and communications as well as a fresh perspective that we are excited to have on board.

Your Support Matters

Minute for minute and dollar for dollar, one-on-one instruction is the most effective way to help students improve their grades and test scores, prepare them for college, and instill in them a lifelong love of learning. But don’t just take our word for it. Recently Alicia S, a parent of one of our students, called to share how happy she is with her daughter's tutoring and we wanted to pass along her inspiring message to our Community of Learners who help make her daughter's tutoring possible.

“Tutorpedia has provided so much support for me as a mother and for my daughter. We wouldn’t have been able to get Mariah as far as she has gotten in school, in math and reading, without Tutorpedia. They’re the bomb and I couldn’t see her as happy as she is without Tutorpedia! We don’t look at Tutorpedia as just a tutor, they’re like our family.”

Thank you again for helping to make education more personal for Bay Area students like Eduardo and Mariah. If you are interested in being further engaged with our work or have questions/comments, please email us at

We'd love to hear from you! 

With Gratitude,

Tutorpedia Foundation

Apr 25, 2014

Spring into updates with Tutorpedia Foundation

TF tutor Liz with student Antonia in San Francisco
TF tutor Liz with student Antonia in San Francisco
Three cheers for a happy and productive spring! 

Here at Tutorpedia Foundation we have been keeping ourselves busy and enjoying our efforts to make education more personal for under-resourced Bay Area youth. With a couple months left in the school year, Tutorpedia Foundation tutors are helping students prepare for finals, AP exams, and the SAT. This summer we will complete our annual program evaluations and continue to refine our programming to better serve our students and community partners.

Last fall, we launched our strategic planning process -- an intensive, iterative process led by our leadership staff and board with the help of nonprofit consulting firm Third Plateau. We would like to express a special thanks to the volunteers, donors, tutors, and partners that participated in exploratory interviews that helped us better identify our key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. As a team we are now more aligned on the key strategies we will use over the next 3-5 years in order to better define Tutorpedia Foundation, prepare for growth, and ensure long-term sustainability. 

We look forward to sharing more of our vision and plans with you over the coming months.

New Partner! YMCA (San Francisco)
Tutorpedia Foundation goes beyond finding great tutors and matching them with students and community partners. We also work with tutors to make students’ academic experiences more effective, meaningful, and fun. YMCA Urban Services of San Francisco serves over 1,500 youth annually and we are thrilled to announce that we will be working closely with the YMCA in order to improve the quality of academic support that they are providing to students at their 10 sites across the city.

In August, TF will conduct a comprehensive 
Tutor Training Institute for staff at the YMCA who are engaged in providing direct service to youth.  All YMCA staff will receive our Tutor Toolkit, a resource manual that contains ideas, guidance, support, and reference materials for community members working with young people as academic mentors and tutors. We will continue to support YMCA site coordinators throughout the school year and provide 6 additional professional development sessions.

Whether our tutors are on the ground or we are supporting an existing program staff, TF is here to help our partners make education more personal for Bay Area students!  If you are interested in learning more about tutor training or becoming a partner, please contact Program Director David Taus at or 415-948-1585.

Get Involved
To learn more about general opportunities to get involved with Tutorpedia Foundation, please visit our website at Currently, we are also working on the following projects: 
  • Program Evaluation
  • Tutor Training
  • Blog Development
  • Social Media Marketing
  • IT Planning
  • Web Development
  • Administrative Systems

If you have any questions or would like to make an introduction or contribute in a different way, please call our office at 415-948-1585 or email our leadership team at

Fundraising Update
Thanks to people like you spreading the word about our work, we were grateful to receive financial or in-kind support from several foundations and businesses in the community. 

Education By Design 2.0
Thanks again to those who attended Education By Design 2.0 — Tutorpedia Foundation's 4th annual conversation on personalizing education. We had nearly 200 people register for this year's event and we were able to raise about $23,000 to continue making education more personal for under-resourced Bay Area middle and high school students through professional tutoring and targeted academic support.

Special thanks to Education By Design 2.0 sponsors and corporate raffle prize donors: Autodesk Gallery, The Adventure School, Google, Picante Catering, Matchbook Wine Company, Ninkasi Brewing, Bay Area Financial Education Foundation, Benesse Corporation, DZH Phillips, Three Twins Ice Cream, Studiomix Gym, Laundry Locker, Avital Tours, MailPix, and the Andiron Inn.

Foundation Support
We are grateful to share that we've received support from a few foundations to kick off 2014. Thank you to all of you for spreading the word about our work in the local community. In February, we received a grant from Wells Fargo Foundation and the Lifchitz Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation to support our work in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, respectively. Rockefeller Foundation also provided support this year through their generous corporate matching gift program.

If you'd like to make a connection to a foundation, your employer, or a business in the community, please contact Diaris Alexander, our Director of Operations and Development via email at Diaris can help answer questions about matching gifts, donations, and sponsorship opportunities.

Featured Media
Check out our Education By Design 2.0 photo album via Facebook.

For links to full videos of talks by Education By Design 2.0's featured speakers, see below:

We appreciate you being a part of our 
Community of Learners.

We envision a world which all students – regardless of socioeconomic status – 
will graduate high school with a lifelong love of learning, and the necessary credentials, skills, and drive to succeed in higher education and pursue careers of their choice.
Audience at Education By Design 2.0
Audience at Education By Design 2.0
TF Cofounders with Ed By Design featured speakers
TF Cofounders with Ed By Design featured speakers
Seth Linden with Taproot volunteers David & Lucia
Seth Linden with Taproot volunteers David & Lucia


Jan 22, 2014

Join us at Education By Design 2.0 February 27th in San Francisco

Education By Design 2.0
Education By Design 2.0

Thank you for your generous support of Tutorpedia Foundation. We're grateful that you have chosen to stay connected with us and hope to see you soon so we can thank you in person! We'd love to have you join us at Education By Design 2.0 on February 27, 2014 at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.

Because of your support, during the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • 90 students received personalized academic support
  • 1900 hours of tutoring were provided
  • 84% of TF Scholars saw grade improvement
  • 89% of TF Scholars noted increased confidence
  • 85% of TF Scholars felt more motivated
  • 10% average increase in test scores
  • 100% of TF Scholars matriculated to the next grade level

We are currently working on our 3-5 year strategic plan to build a sustainable future for Tutorpedia Foundation and our students. In 2013, we created a comprehensive data and impact plan, hired site coordinators for 4 program sites to refine the model and experience for students and partners, and we continue to offer students personalized access to professional educators with specific content expertise.

Education By Design 2.0 

Tutorpedia Foundation's fourth annual conversation on personalizing education will be a fun evening of dynamic speakers, delicious food, engaging activities, awesome raffle prizes, and the opportunity to make a larger impact on the lives of under-resourced Bay Area youth. The event is all-ages. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014 -- 6PM - 9PM

Autodesk Gallery - One Market St., Fl 2; San Francisco, CA

Featured Speakers:

Kevin Kumashiro, Ph.D. -  School of Education Dean, University of San Francisco

Jon Deane, M.Ed. - Chief Information Officer, Summit Public Schools

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, January 23, 2014 via our website. A special thanks to our sponsors Autodesk and The Adventure School.

If you'd like to make a connection to your employer or a business in the community, please contact Diaris Alexander, our Director of Operations and Development via email.

TF Scholar with his tutor
TF Scholar with his tutor


Sep 18, 2013

Welcome Back to School!

Dear Supporters,

As summer officially winds down and the start of the new school year ushers in autumn, we wanted to take the opportunity to share some recent developments we've made with regards to our programming. We're grateful to have members of our Community of Learners make unique contributions which each help us continue to refine the Tutorpedia Foundation model and better serve students.

**TF Program Overview (2013-14 Edition)**

  • We have discontinued the student application process for our inaugural "scholarship program" which awarded free tutoring on an annual basis to under-resourced students from across the Bay Area. We made this shift to increase student impact by better leveraging our tutors' time through the clustering of students at individual sites; this represents a shift in our model in favor of deeper collaborations with fewer program partners. We have grandfathered our relationships with existing TF Scholars receiving tutoring scholarships.
  • This year we plan to provide 120 students with over 3000 hours of service which represents a 33% increase in TF Scholars and 60% time increase in high quality personalized tutoring.
  • We hired new site coordinators and lead tutors for our program sites!  These roles represent greater leadership opportunities for our tutors as we strengthen our relationships with partners in the community and measure impact on students through program data.  We welcome Paula (Canal Alliance), Colin (Sophie Scholars), Elisa (Mission HS), Liz (Huckleberry SF), Molly (Sacred Heart Prep), and Ariel (Bay School) to their new positions and wish them good luck with the new school year! 

Interested in getting involved? Fill out this quick survey.

**Become a Volunteer Tutor**

Tutorpedia Foundation is looking for volunteer tutors to help us at our tutoring program at Mission High School (MHS)  in San Francisco this year.  Tutors are needed to work 1-1 with 10th grade students on academic subjects and school success at MHS.

  • Programming occurs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45-2:30pm. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment to work with students 1 or 2 days per week.
  • Program begins September 16, 2013 and ends May 23, 2014, with no programming the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and April 1st (for spring break).
  • Tutors must have solid understanding of Algebra as it represents the greatest academic need for our students; however, tutors will also be able to assist students in other areas including reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking, organization, time management, and study skills.
  • Tutorpedia Foundation will provide training and support for volunteers: our Site Coordinator is a 15+ year credentialed veteran teacher.
Interested in becoming a volunteer tutor? Please email Director of Programs David Taus at

**Thank you for support!**

Did you know that more than half of our financial support during the last fiscal year came from generous individual donors?!

Here's what 2 of our supporters, Dawn and Steve Mesite (pictured) had to share about why they chose to donate to Tutorpedia Foundation:

Dawn & Steve Mesite"When we researched the Tutorpedia Foundation, we learned that this organization is dedicated to serving students who may be unable to meet the financial challenge associated with hiring a tutor. I'm a teacher, and know firsthand the impact that a little extra support can have on a student. Steve and I both recognize the important role that education has played in our own lives. We are so pleased that we were able to include a donation to Tutorpedia as part of our wedding celebration."

Why did you choose to donate?

If you are interested in being further engaged with our work, have questions/comments, please email us at info@tutorpediafoundation.orgWe'd love to hear from you!

With Gratitude,

Tutorpedia Foundation


TF Scholar Isaac V. with Mother Cherie
TF Scholar Isaac V. with Mother Cherie


Jun 27, 2013

Thanks to you: Congratulations are in order!

Bianca speaks at February
Bianca speaks at February's "Education By Design"

Happy Summer!

Thanks again for your continued support of our work with under-resourced Bay Area students. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we're happy to have you as part of the Community of Learners raising our TF Scholars. Because of your generous support, congratulations are in order for TF Scholar Bianca S.!  Bianca recently enrolled at Mercy College, a private liberal arts college in Dobbs Ferry, NY! 

Bianca intends to obtain a BA in Social Work at Mercy College, so that, in her own words, she can “help people and make them happy.”

You may have met Bianca in San Francisco back in February at our event Education By Design. She was the brave student who shared her story with attendees and can be seen in the video recap of the night. Tutorpedia Foundation has worked with Bianca since 2011 to provide her with one-on-one tutoring to assist with school work and SAT preparation.

During this past year, one of our partners, Dr. Amy Morgenstern of Blue Star Admissions Consulting, donated her time to Tutorpedia Foundation to provide one-on-one counseling to Bianca to help her navigate the college application process. We are grateful to have volunteers in our community who compound the work we do with our TF Scholars. To read more about Dr. Morgenstern's work with Bianca, please visit our blog.

The entire Tutorpedia team is proud of Bianca's incredible resolve and remarkable accomplishments during this journey. We wish her the best of luck at Mercy College and beyond. 

Thank you again for your support of our mission. Your support allows us to provide personalized academic support and other educational services to students in our community who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford the extra help. We hope that with your continued support, we will be able to share more success stories as more of our students graduate high school and head to college. 

If you'd like to learn more about opportunities to get involved, please email us at

Bianca with her tutor Aaron & Dr. Morgenstern
Bianca with her tutor Aaron & Dr. Morgenstern


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