Studio City students could be paid by the city to mentor their siblings

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles students who tutor their siblings or other school-age parents can now be trained and paid to do so under a new program funded by the city ​​which started on Monday.

The Student 2 Student Success prioritizes the needs of students who have struggled academically during the pandemic and empowers their young parents to help them. Namely, the program aims to help students who had low grades, irregular attendance, and missing or incomplete assignments during the 2020-21 school year. Older family members and guardians contribute up to 120 paid hours — 100 hours of tutoring and 20 hours of job training, depending on the city.

“The pandemic has been especially hard on young Angelenos, who have faced so much disruption in their lives and schooling,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “With Student 2 Student Success, we’re making sure younger students get the extra support they need and giving our guardians the opportunity to explore a future career in education or childcare.”

Tutors must be low-income high school students under the age of 25 who live in Los Angeles and have valid authorization to work in the United States.

They must also be enrolled in a Title I school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, either a traditional high school or an alternative high school, including a complementary school or an opportunity school for older students.

“The Student 2 Student program provides an opportunity to train future LA teachers,” said LA Department of Economic and Workforce Development Executive Director Carolyn Hull. “The pandemic has deprived many of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable students from in-person learning and there is no substitute for that wasted time. Allowing older students to tutor younger students is a step toward mitigating this learning loss, while giving them insight into life as an educator.”

Virtual information sessions on how to apply for the program will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at bit.ly/3FS6sRC.

City News Service contributed to this report.