The Spartan Mentors Program provides UT students the opportunity to give back to the community while earning a few extra dollars. These students tutor elementary and middle school students on subjects such as math, science and reading. Some Spartan Mentors assist teachers with co-curricular activities like chess and photography. The school receives much needed help without having to pay an hourly wage. The Spartan Mentors Program is ideal for those studying education but students of any major are encouraged to explore this work opportunity.
To apply, students should complete an Office of Student Leadership and Engagement Employment Application and sign up for a time to meet with Kelly Callahan, the director of community engagement. Please note, all student applicants must be eligible for work study through the Financial Aid Office.
Currently, all students accepted to the Spartan Mentors program are placed at three sites.Academy Prep Center of Tampa
, a middle school (grades 5-8) located in nearby Ybor. Spartan Mentors assist with co-curricular activities and study hall tutoring. Ten students are hired to serve as tutors at Academy Prep.It’s All About Kids, Inc.
, a non-profit organization located near USF’s campus. Spartan Mentors assist with literacy programs and in a learning computer lab. Four students are hired to serve as mentors at It’s All About Kids.
Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary School, an elementary school (grades K-5), located less than four miles from campus. Spartan Mentors will assist with literacy programs through the non-profit organization SERVE: Volunteers in Action
Spartan Mentors are expected to keep in contact with both the agency and The University of Tampa staff members.
All Spartan Mentors must be eligible for work study. Students must complete a payroll form (available in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement). After submitting the payroll form and completing first work period, students should submit a completed Volunteer Record Form and time sheet to the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement.
The time sheet must be signed by the student’s direct supervisor at school or agency before the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement can approve the time sheet.
For more information, please contact Kelly Callahan, the director of community engagement, at (813) 257-3363.