Tutoring and Mentoring

ACHSA Tutor List

The Association of Community Human Service Agencies' listing of programs willing to offer low- or no-cost tutoring services to DCFS and probation youth.

Children Uniting Nations

Offering tutoring services for foster youth, ages 10-13, this school-based, academic mentoring program is funded by CA Endowment, Dept of Education, DHHS, Skirball, Weingart, and CA Community Foundations. The program features screened and qualified mentors 1-3 hrs per week in workshops and trainings, community/cultural field trips, and other special events.

       Download further information in PDF format here:  Children Uniting Nations

Children Youth and Family Collaborative

Information on various programs to help foster youth succeed academically, including after-school and weekend tutoring and remedial help.

Create Now!

Create Now! is an independent, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1996.  Its mission is to change the lives of high-risk and at-risk youth through creative arts mentoring, education, resources and opportunities. One of Create Now!'s most successful programs has been One-on-One Mentoring. Individuals interested in becoming mentors go through an application process and some training before being paired up with one child for a minimum of one year - although lifetime commitments are desired.  Because of this unique, individual pairing, the relationship between the two becomes close and often is one of the most important in that youth's life.

Free In-Home Tutoring

Get in touch with an in-home tutoring program through LACOE Foster Youth Services.

       Download a referral form in PDF format here (English):   Tutoring from LACoe

Free Live Homework Help

Live online homework help for students in the 4th through 12th grades offered by the L.A. County Public Library. Tutoring is available seven days a week, in English and Spanish, by teachers, graduate students, and subject experts.

Operation FUN

Group mentoring for foster youth in a casual environment.

Operation READ

Operation READ is a tutoring program for youth at the halls, camps, and, in partnership with community based organizations, throughout the County of Los Angeles at schools, housing authorities and parks. The program goals are to build the youth's literacy skills to include reading, comprehension, writing, and spelling. Academic mentors work with the youth one-to-one and in small groups, three to five hours per week to provide a variety of instructional approaches individualized to the learner. Tutors strive to engage the youth and make learning fun. Youth qualify for the free tutoring resources that are:

      • Two or more grade levels behind in reading

      • Receiving direct services through the Probation Department

      • Part of the "Outreach" to children with family members (living in the home) that are receiving Probation services

      • Foster youth

      • Identified by the school or DPO as "At-risk"

      • Referred by the Delinquency Court, DPO, school, or Holder of Education Rights

       Download a referrel form in PDF format here:

Para Los Niños - Youth Development Services

Para Los Niños Youth Development Services (YDS) is a program approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to provide current and former foster and probation youth, between 14 and their 21st birthday, living in SPA 6 (South Los Angeles, Watts, Compton, Paramount and Lynwood) with Independent Living Skills and related type services.  Services include Life Skills Training classes, tutoring and mentoring.

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Peace4Kids provides creative and educational courses, field trips, summer camping trips, life skills and mentorship opportunities for over 200 youth, ages 5-19.

Free Help for Youth Preparing for High School Exit Exam

Culver City Adult School is offering a California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Prep class. This class will help students prepare to master the skills needed to pass both the Math and English portions of the CAHSEE. The class is absolutely FREE, and is being offered to both adult school and high school students, Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. There is open enrollment throughout the school year.

For more information, please contact Independent Learning Center at (310) 842-4333.

Soledad Enrichment Action High School Girl's Academy

The all Girl's Academy at SEA High School currently has open enrollment.

      • Female Only

      • 14-18 years

      • 9th - 12th Grade

If you are a probation or at-risk student behind in your grades, or if you need to make up credits to go back to your home school, the Girl's Academy at SEA High School offers smaller classroom settings, individualized tutoring, services for pregnant teens, as well as drug and alcohol classes on site if needed. We accept IEP students.
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Teen Web/Homework Help Sites

Here are some links to some good homework help websites. 

Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success — Independent Living Program (YESS-ILP)

Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) is a comprehensive and integrated program that unites community partners and academic leaders to empower foster youth to successfully transition into independent living. The YESS program provides services that focus on life skills training and academic performance with the objective of achieving self-sufficiency.

The YESS-ILP Program offers a series of workshops/resources for foster students ages 16-21 to develop life skills and learn about our academic/vocational programs.

YESS-ILP participants:

      • Learn how to navigate the opportunities at the Compton Center

      • Earn college units

      • Make-up high school credits

      • Learn about the financial aid process focusing on foster youth

      • Receive information on student services like EOP&S, Transfer Center, and Cal Works

      • Receive assistance with earning a high school diploma

      • Earn job skills and job training

      • Receive employment counseling and exploration

      • Learn how to transition into independent living

      • Enjoy a host field trips, guest speakers and prizes

Participants will get refreshments, a t-shirt, book bag, and school supplies. If a student completes the YESS-ILP program and registers as a full-time Compton Center student (12 units or more) the student will be eligible for a Student Ambassador Job.

For further information, contact: Johnny J. Conley, M.Ed., Outreach Specialist, Outreach & Relations with Schools • Telephone: (310) 900·1600 Ext 2767 Email: jconley@elcamino.edu

Youth Development Services Free Tutoring

      • Youth ages 14 or 15 in out of home placement can be referred for an academic assessment.

      • If the student is below grade level, up to 50 hours of tutoring may be provided.

      • Youth ages 16 through 20 may also be academically assessed.

      • Those youth assessed to be in need of tutoring will be referred back to the Transition Coordinator.

      • All youth, ages 14-20, who have passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) should NOT be referred for an academic assessment.

The Program is conducted by one of three Contractors, depending on the student's placement address:

      • Service Planning Area (SPA) 1, 5, and 7 — The Community College Foundation (TCCF)

      • SPA 2, 3, 4 and 8 — The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC)

      • SPA 6 — Para Los Niños

For more information or questions, please contact 213-351-0100.