Books & Breakfast
The longstanding Books & Breakfast program offers a nutritious breakfast and homework help to K-5 students at 7 Evanston elementary schools as well as 6-8th grade students at 1 Evanston middle school. This program currently serves over 250 kids each week supported by dozens of Northwestern students and community volunteers.
Participating in Books & Breakfast means kids start their day not only fortified in body, but also buoyed by the support of an inclusive and caring community. Tutors help with homework and support students socially and emotionally. Through partnership with Books & Breakfast and Leadership Development and Community Engagement, Northwestern students can apply their global learning locally, exploring issues of education equity, community development dynamics, and socioeconomic issues in surrounding neighborhoods.
What's it Like Participating in Books & Breakfast?
Watch this video below to learn more about the program from both tutors and students.
(Credit: Books & Breakfast from joe lim)
About the Tutor Positions
Northwestern students are involved in two ways, some as paid tutors and others as volunteers.
To get involved right away as a volunteer, check out the Wildcat Connection page for the Books & Breakfast student organization. Email email@example.com for instructions to join the volunteer team.
Northwestern tutors are hired for the full academic year; each tutor works 2-3 days per week, depending on their scheduled shift (M/W/F or T/Th), which can change each quarter based on class schedules.
- Commit to being punctual and present for all assigned sessions.
- Mentor youth during their weekday morning Books & Breakfast program by providing homework help, reading with students, offering emotional support, and ensuring students receive a nutritious breakfast.
- Provide a supportive, nurturing environment for youth.
- Attend training and enrichment sessions (approximately 6 paid hours per quarter); these might include classroom observations, meetings with the school's principal, or general training on best practices of homework help, mentoring youth, and the education system.
- Support a Books & Breakfast at Northwestern Day where NU tutors lead students around campus to meet with professors, student groups, and more in order to learn more about college.
- Participate in community development, thinking creatively, compassionately, and strategically about parental and community involvement in the program.
- Background working with youth in a structured setting (mentoring, tutoring, working as a camp counselor, etc.). Tutoring experience is helpful but not required.
- Commitment to the mission of the Books & Breakfast program and to serving youth in the Evanston community.
- Highly reliable, punctual, and able to work with a wide variety of people and age groups.
- A desire to think creatively about program improvements and ways to increase connectivity between Northwestern University and the Evanston and Dewey, Lincolnwood, and Kingsley communities.
- Preferred but not required: Career interest in working with youth in some capacity (teaching, non-profit, etc.).
- Preferred but not required: Spanish proficiency
Northwestern tutors will report first to Northwestern staff for matters related to hours, payment, hiring, and general support. The tutors will report second to the Books & Breakfast Executive Director, Kim Hammock, and site directors at each elementary school. The executive director manages NU tutors’ duties and responsibilities during morning sessions.
Our normal hiring cycle is in the spring quarter. Check back here for the link to apply in spring 2024.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Each tutor works 2-3 days per week. Tutors will be hired for either Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings or for Tuesday/Thursday mornings.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 8–9 a.m. (3 hours per week)
Or Tuesday/Thursday: 8–9 a.m. (2 hours per week)
In addition to these regular sessions, NU students are expected to participate in training, classroom visits, and enrichment sessions (approximately 6 hours per quarter). Students will be paid for this time. These sessions might include classroom visits, training on best practices of teaching/mentoring, visits with the principal, and others.