Youth Peer Tutoring

Our Youth Peer Tutoring program began last summer, and has been growing ever since! The idea for this program stemmed from one of the keiki who regularly visited our Leeward Coast-based Bookmobile. 

Training to be a tutor

Alaka'i are youth between the ages of 11-16 that are trained to assess and work with younger children learning to read and write.

A cohort of tutors on their last day of training at Kauiokalani. The Alaka'i receive training and ongoing support from our Bookmobile staff.

A cohort of tutors on their last day of training at Kauiokalani. The Alaka'i receive training and ongoing support from our Bookmobile staff.

Youth tutors

A peer tutor (Alaka'i) works on sight words with her student (Kamali'i). Each Alaka'i is provided with a toolkit of resources to use with their Kamali'i, including flash cards, books, literacy activities, and assessment materials.

A peer tutor (Alaka'i) works on sight words with her student (Kamali'i). Each Alaka'i is provided with a toolkit of resources to use with their Kamali'i, including flash cards, books, literacy activities, and assessment materials.

One thing that I enjoyed about this program is helping our Kamali’is with their weaknesses and making it one of the strengths. Another thing that I enjoyed about this program is that everyone helped out one another and everyone learned from one another.
— Casey
The thing I like about tutoring is when you help your Kamali’i read and write and spell too.
— Carma
 

One of our most dedicated tutors was a girl named Jaysha living in transitional housing. When asked what motivated her to work so diligently with her student, Jaysha replied with the following:

This is the only place where I feel like I matter.
It’s like my home.