Provide Free 1-1 Tutoring for Bay Area Students

by Tutorpedia Foundation

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


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


Tutorpedia Foundation staff at Education By Design
Tutorpedia Foundation staff at Education By Design

We are so grateful to have generous supporters like you!

In February, we reached our initial project goal of $10,000 thanks to your contributions! We've since decided to expand our GlobalGiving project goal by $5,000 for 2013. Every year, Tutorpedia Foundation receives applications from deserving low-income students who need extra support to succeed in school. In 2012, we received over 50 applications from students that we did not have the resources to support. With every $1000 raised, this ongoing project will provide a year's worth of free, one-on-one tutoring for one student with an exceptional tutor who can help him or her excel both academically and in everyday life.

About two weeks ago, on February 28th, Tutorpedia Foundation hosted Education By Design-- our third annual fundraiser and conversation on personalizing education at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. The event featured a series of short talks by dynamic speakers focusing on the most effective methods we can use to make learning personal and customize education in real, relevant, and rigorous ways for all students.

Bianca, a high school senior and Tutorpedia Foundation scholarship recipient, spoke about the impact of her experience with her tutor, Aaron. Because of generous donors like you, Bianca has been able to work with Aaron over the last year and a half and during that time her goal of attending college has become attainable. To get a sense of the vision and scope of the Education By Design, watch our recap video on Youtube at Please also check out the photo album we posted on our Facebook.

If you'd like to see what our featured speakers had to say, links to full videos of each talk are found below: 

We greatly appreciate your support and dedication to our mission.
Tutorpedia Foundation team
Proclamation awarded by CA Senator Mark Leno
Proclamation awarded by CA Senator Mark Leno
Featured speakers at Education By Design
Featured speakers at Education By Design
SFUSD Teacher Sekani Moyenda accepts TF award
SFUSD Teacher Sekani Moyenda accepts TF award
TF student Bianca describes experience with tutor
TF student Bianca describes experience with tutor


Dear Tutorpedia Foundation supporters,

Happy holidays! Thank you for supporting our efforts to provide a Class of One for low-income Bay Area students and contributing through the GlobalGiving platform. Your kind generosity has helped us support deserving under-resourced students by providing free, high-quality 1-1 tutoring.

We are particularly grateful that our wonderful base of supporters has not only made financial contributions to further our mission, but also stepped up to help us build our organization's capacity by spreading the word, volunteering, becoming a tutor, joining a committee, and making new connections and introductions to increase our network of allies. Accordingly, we have recently expanded our board – we have an incredible community leader in our new Board Chair, Mindy Rogers – and we have added two amazing new members to our board of directors and six dynamic new members to our advisory board. 

Below you will find a snapshot of our most recent work and organizational profile:

2011-12 By The Numbers
  • 2,060 hours of tutoring provided in the 2011-12 school year.
  • 105 students served in the 2011-12 school year.
  • 92 percent of students improved academic grades and test scores after a year of tutoring.
  • 37 tutors currently on Tutorpedia’s staff.
  • 19 volunteers actively tutoring students.
  • 33 workshops offered in small groups using project-based learning.
  • 35 subjects staff have experience teaching or tutoring.
  • 8 standardized tests tutors prepare students to take.
  • 71 applications received requesting tutoring scholarships for the 2012-13 school year.
  • 24 students currently receiving scholarships through Tutorpedia Foundation’s Scholarship Program.
  • 47 students unable to receive scholarships for this year due to budget restrictions.
  • 1,000 dollars provides a year-long tutoring scholarship for one student in need.
  • Your donation = Greatly appreciated!

Thanks again for your support. If you would like to get involved or learn more about Tutorpedia Foundation and other opportunities to support us, please email and our Operations Manager, Diaris Alexander, will get back to you with more information.

Have a joyous holiday season!

With Gratitude,

Tutorpedia Foundation


Xiomara,12, participating in illustration workshop
Xiomara,12, participating in illustration workshop

Dear Supporters,

Happy Fall! We are officially back in the mode of a fresh new school year and working to better serve our students and build programming! Our Executive Director, Seth Linden, recently returned from his sabbatical and has infused great energy and visionary perspectives here at the Tutorpedia Foundation, as we work to advance our mission of providing a Class of One to every student.  Read on for a quick update on our work!

1.  Scholarship Application Review
Each year, Tutorpedia Foundation awards year-long tutoring scholarships for low-income students in the Bay Area. We are currently reviewing new applications for the 2012-2013 academic year, and have seen tremendous interest in our scholarships this year! Thank you for your support of this project!
We plan to have the selected scholarship students start working with their individual tutors in October. Our tutors help students with homework, test preparation, study skills, and organizational strategies.  Tutors also serve as academic mentors to their students, helping them navigate through the various challenges a student might experience in school and the education system. 

2.   Spotlight on Sophie Scholars

This summer, we continued our Sophie Scholars program in partnership with Sacred Heart Preparatory for the second year, teaching 24 enriching workshops for promising low-income middle school students from East Palo Alto and Redwood City.  These summer classes, paired with personalized one-on-one tutoring during the school year, better prepare the Sophie Scholars for the rigorous college preparatory curriculum that they will face in a few short years.  Last year's Sophie Scholars program was so successful that this summer's Sophie Scholars cohort tripled in size!  

New student-selected electives included a workshop in web design, beginning guitar, and a children's book illustration course taught in partnership with the renowned global nonprofit Save The Children.  Students in the illustration class were featured on KPIX as they prepared drawings and paintings that will be used to help children in the developing world learn to read.  This summer, students also delved more deeply into honing foundational academic skills in workshops such as Math SupportCreative Writing, and Solving Hard Problems, in which students grappled with significant dilemmas relevant to their world, and used both critical reading and quantitative analysis skills to derive original solutions.  We are very proud of our Sophie Scholars and see a bright future for them!

3.   Join us at our 'Welcome Back' Bar Night Fundraiser - October 18th

Mark your calendars to come by Tonic Bar on Polk and Union Thursday, October 18th for a few drinks from 6-9PM! All tips will go directly towards helping us serve Bay Area youth here at the Tutorpedia Foundation.

Who: Tutorpedia Foundation
What: 'Welcome Back' Bar Night Fundraiser
When: Thursday, October 18th, 6-9PM
Where: Tonic Bar - 2360 Polk Street (at Union), San Francisco, CA 94109
Why: To welcome our Executive Director Seth back to the Bay Area and to help us provide high quality, personalized tutoring and related education services to all students, regardless of socioeconomic background

4.   Three Easy Ways to Help Advance our Mission

Thanks again for your continued support of our work at the Tutorpedia Foundation.  Your generosity and spirit help us further our mission of building a class of one for every student and expanding educational equity among our community of learners. 
  1. Attend our October 18th 'Welcome Back' Bar Night Fundraiser at Tonic, featuring guest bartenders from our staff and supporters. 
  2. Sign up to be a Volunteer Tutor.  To get involved, email for more information.
  3. Send this email to friends & fellow supporters of more personalized education.
If you are interested in being further engaged with our work, please email us at   We love to hear from you!
With Gratitude,
Tutorpedia Foundation Team - Seth, David, Diaris, and Emma



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