Provide Free 1-1 Tutoring for Bay Area Students

by Tutorpedia Foundation

Thank you again for your interest in, and support of, Tutorpedia Foundation. After five years, we have grown from serving five students with three tutors to an enrollment of 416 students with 34 tutors. We would not be where we are today without our Community of Learners and generous people like you.

With each new student we enroll we become one step closer to creating a world in 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. Our students are, quite simply, amazing youth with whom we are proud to be working!

In the fall, our Program Director, Elizabeth Doyle (Liz) had the pleasure of working with Judy C. at Huckleberry Wellness Academy. Judy came to her tutoring sessions at the beginning of the year quiet and timid about her math skills.

“When we first started working together I noticed Jenny didn't know how to prepare optimally for a timed exam. She understood a lot of the material but hadn't mastered it enough to complete problems under time pressure and not make mistakes.”

Because of this, Liz focused on helping Judy build a personalized study plan that gives her the additional practice she needs and emphasizes the skills she's already mastered. At the end of the fall semester, Judy received her first A in math and now has the confidence to ask for further clarification on problems she doesn't understand. Your support of Tutorpedia Foundation provides more than just homework help it gives students the tools and skills they need to achieve their academic goals and advocate for themselves.

This semester, we will continue to do our part in making education personal for under-resourced students. Whether it means providing tutoring for more than 400 students in need, or by training staff of youth-development organizations to be excellent academic mentors through our Tutor Training Institute. In just one semester, teachers are already calling to commend our tutors.

"Many thanks for your tutors' diligence, I can see the results of your work with my students. We share the same goal, and your support is invaluable! There are many more students who would benefit from your program," shared Linda Pantoskey, a 6th-grade math teacher, at Davidson Middle School.

Thank you again for being part of our Community of Learners!

The winter holiday season is upon us once again and Tutorpedia Foundation gives thanks for our amazing tutors, outstanding program partners, and compassionate people like you whose support has already provided over 1,000 hours of free tutoring to under-resourced students this school year!

Tutor Spotlight: Meet Tonei
Tonei recently moved to the Bay Area after completing an MA in Social Justice and Community Development at Loyola University Chicago. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Tonei comes from three generations of teachers and has been working on issues of education equity and LGBTQ rights since 2006.

In addition to managing Tutorpedia Foundation’s San Francisco programs, Tonei teaches for the Civic Education Project at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, coordinates a research project on freedom of expression and online hate speech, and is a managing partner of the Alaska Commons, an Anchorage-based online media startup. Tonei is also a proud alum of American University and a frequent traveler – on track to have flown over 71,000 miles in 2014 alone!
"I enjoy working working with Tutorpedia Foundation because I get to learn about communities all across the Bay Area while helping level the playing field for our students."

New Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco
When it comes to education, we know that relationships matter more than anything else and Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) is an excellent example of the transformation students can have through mentoring. Through their Clubhouses, staff, and programs BGCSF creates stability, consistency, and a sense of physical and emotional safety for their over 6,300 members. Like our tutors, BGCSF staff serve each day as positive role models who provide ongoing caring relationships to youth. Founded in 1891, BGCSF now serves 1,400 students each day. This fall we began tutoring students at all 9 Clubhouses and we are excited to collaborate with BGCSF to ensure their members leave at 18 "ready for life!"

Education In the News
  • In episode "538: Is This Working" This American Life highlights a need for personalization in classroom management.

Thank you for supporting our students. 
We appreciate you being a part of our Community of Learners.

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

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


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



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Tutorpedia Foundation

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Tutorpedia Foundation
Project Leader:
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