Help Students Achieve Success as a Homework Club Volunteer

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Homework Clubs at the Library

Did you know that not all children in San José have a safe, quiet place to complete their homework after school?

At San José Public Library Homework Clubs, students in grades K-8 have access to desks, school supplies, and academic resources they may not have have at home.

What Homework Club Volunteers Do

As a Homework Club Volunteer, you can foster understanding and encourage academic engagement for students.

Here is what you will do:

  • Coach students in groups of 1 to 4
  • Guide students to Library resources they can use to complete their homework
  • Assist with enrichment activities for students that complete their homework

Here are some additional details:

  • No subject matter expertise required
  • Training provided
  • Must be age 15 or older
  • Adults (18+) will need to submit a fingerprint background check before volunteering

How to Become a Homework Club Volunteer

You can become a homework club volunteer in three easy steps.

Step 1: Complete a Homework Club Volunteer Application

  • Homework Coaches assist students with their homework in a variety of subjects one-on-one or in small groups
  • Homework Club Supervisors lead the other volunteers at the Homework Club in addition to coaching students

Step 2: Complete Homework Club Training

Step 3: Get Started at Your Branch

  • Receive a New Volunteer Orientation from a Library staff member at your branch

How to Get More Information

Visit the opportunity listing for more information and available locations.


hey, how many hours would i have to put in?

Hi John, The hours vary for each club depending on how many days that they are held. At a minimum, you should be ready to commit to about 2 hours a week for 6 months. Is there a particular Library location that you are interested in?

Hi, Can the 2019 in person training sessions be listed here? Thanks

Do you get paid for this or do you do it for free?

Hi m, this is a volunteer position so there is no paycheck. Each year 3,000 people give up their free time to volunteer at the Library, gaining community service hours, sharing their skills and expertise, and gaining marketable skills and experiences. If you are interested in jobs at the Library you can visit to see the current job listings or visit to see all City of San Jose job opportunities.

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