Important Changes for Homework Helpers

Queens Library works diligently to promote the social, cultural and educational growth of the hundreds of children and teens walking through our doors each day. Whether students participate in our array of after school and weekend activities or engage in self-guided study and research, the library strives to provide accurate, timely and reliable information and resources to assist in the learning process.

In keeping with the Queens Library’s mission and strategic goals, the minimum requirements for all volunteer Homework Helpers have been updated to align with the current educational standards for the library’s after-school programming.

Starting October 15, 2018, the minimum requirements for individuals applying to become volunteer Homework Helpers are as follows:

  • Individuals must be a minimum of 16 years old
  • High School and College students must submit his or her most recent report card / transcript and reflect a 3.0 grade point or 85% average
  • Adults must demonstrate prior experience of working with school-age or high school students in a teaching or tutoring capacity
  • Individuals must be willing to commit a minimum of thirty (30) service hours during the season

Additionally, all applicants are required to complete the standard volunteer registration process including:

  • Minors must submit all standard documents — working papers and parental consent forms
  • Adults must complete a criminal background check

Applicants would be initially screened by Volunteer Services with suitable candidates referred to project supervisors for interviews.

Looking towards the future, this advancement helps to maintain the high quality of programming offered within our branches and makes significant gains to strengthen the core skills possessed by volunteer Homework Helpers.

If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact the Office of Volunteer Services.