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Homework Con Amigos/ LEAP







Address: 300 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701

🚗 DRIVEABLE | 6 min drive from East Campus

🚌PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION | 20 min bus ride from East Campus

👣WALKABLE | 32 min walk from East Campus


Homework Con Amigos and LEAP tutoring are collaborative programs that operate simultaneously in the Children’s Makerspace at the main branch of the Durham County Library.

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Homework Con Amigos

LEAP Tutoring

Director: Maria Ramirez,

Type of organization: Afterschool homework help and enrichment program.

Grades served: 3-5

Homework Con Amigos is held every Monday between 5:15 and 7:15 in the children’s Makerspace on the first floor of Durhams beautifully renovated Main Library.

  • While this placement may include some tutoring, the main focus will be homework help and social-emotional connection. There may be an opportunity to help with STEAM-focused enrichment activities.
  • The ideal volunteer would arrive with curiosity, interest in the children, and a willingness to build relationships.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is helpful, but not at all required.

Type of organization: Afterschool one-on-one literacy tutoring.

Contact: Megan McCurley,

The Latino Educational Achievement Partnership (LEAP) is partnering with the Durham County Library and the DPS Foundation to provide students aged 6 – 12 (grades 1-6) with one-on-one tutoring to develop their literacy skills and academic competence. Using computer-based interventions, LEAP tutors engage with our students once a week on Mondays at the Downtown branch of the Library.

Tutoring will involve working through Raz Kids reading intervention software.

LEAP is a new PfS partner for Spring 2024.


Sample volunteer tasks (Homework Con Amigos only)

  • Did art project with students where we used vegetables and paint to make postcards.
  • Did crossword puzzles, played uno.
  • Helped a student with his math and his reading work. Then went outside with him and let him play freeze tag with his peers.
  • Helped kids one on one with reading.
  • Helped kids with homework.
  • Helped kids with math homework. Practiced multiplication.
  • Helped kids with their homework. Did some crafts with them (pins).
  • Helped with students with their work and played a memory game.
  • I helped G read by having him read all the sight words I taught him as we went through a story. I also helped another student with his long division.
  • Spent time coloring and reading with J.
  • There was a fun activity scheduled for the kids, so I supervised their painting activity. I also helped Y with her spelling exercises and her reading worksheets.
  • Used vegetables to paint pictures on the back of post cards.
  • Worked on some reading, then played outside with chalk, and played tag and hide and seek.
  • Worked with E. Read together and made buttons.
  • I helped V with her counting and her reading. I also worked with V on her reading (we read the Frozen book!)
  • I helped V with her reading and C with his math. I also made puzzles with V and A.
  • I worked with the second and third graders to help them practice their reading. I’m seeing so many improvements from the beginning of the semester!
  • Readings about Animals, worksheet on how to tell time on a clock, making origami.
  • I played games with Y to help her with her sight words and read/did subtraction with A.
  • I researched some activities that kids could do to get to know one another better.
  • I was helping Y learn sight words, and I taught C how to use a multiplication table. I also did some coloring and puzzles with the kids!
  • I worked on reading with Y and V, then played freeze tag with the kids during their break!
  • I worked with V, Y, D, and J on getting faster at reading sight words by organizing a competitive game between them with flash cards. We had a lot of fun!
  • Math and reading
  • Read with students for 10 minutes and also helped kids with their math and went outside and played freeze tag.
  • Spent the whole time with E helping with homework and playing outside.