We know this is a stressful time for many reasons, and homeschooling only adds to that burden. DOT particularly seeks to help students with parents who do not have the time to supplement their children’s new form of online learning, do not speak English as a first language, or do not otherwise have the ability to help their kids with their coursework. DOT also seeks to help students who typically rely on getting extra help from teachers outside of normal classroom help.
If you are a rising senior in high school and concerned about how to begin writing your college essay or navigating the college process (from financial aid to letters of rec to the college search) without normal access to your school guidance department, we are here for you! See below for further information.
How It Works
After you fill out the sign-up form, a member of our administrative team will match you with an available tutor. Before we give the tutor your contact information, we ask that our tutors complete a brief training and confirm that they are able to tutor. Upon confirmation, you will receive an email from the tutor to set up a time that works for both of you to meet. This process generally takes a few days, but keep an eye out on your inbox for an email!
If you are having trouble connecting with your tutor, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we would love to be able to help everyone, the size of our current network limits us to serving students enrolled in public school districts in Orange and Dutchess Counties, NY.
Who Are the Tutors?
DOT is fully volunteer-based and is completely free (with the exception of suggested donations) to all students who sign up for the service. All of DOT's volunteer tutors are high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, or retired educators.
DOT was founded by a small group of undergraduate and high school students, who serve as the core of the administrative team.
If you do not necessarily fit the demographic that DOT strives to serve (i.e. you have the financial means to seek other resources), but would still like to sign up with DOT, we suggest a rate of $15 per session, or as much as you are able.
We do not ask for any financial information and instead abide by the honor system so as to minimize the pressure on families who are unable to donate at this time.
Why are we asking for donations?
Because DOT is fully student-run and not-for-profit, we first use donations to cover recurring operational fees, such as additional Google Drive storage and website-hosting services.
The remainder of donations will be split 50/50 between the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh/Poughkeepsie and The Education Trust.
At DOT, we believe in the transformative power of education and recognize the deep educational inequities that exist across the country, including in our own local communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, DOT seeks to address these exacerbated educational inequities on an individual basis, but we also recognize that these inequities exist regardless of the pandemic.
50% of all donations will go to The Education Trust , which utilizes advocacy, policy, and research to provide long term solutions for systemic educational inequities faced by communities of color or living in poverty. The remaining 50% of donations will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, which regularly provides programming in the academics, arts, and athletics for children in our local communities.
We hope you will join us in supporting the work of these important organizations. Thank you so much for your generous donations!
How do I donate?
As we figure out a better way to collect donations, we are currently asking that families donate directly to these organizations and email us a receipt as a record of your donation. You can email us at and CC your assigned tutor.
Open to K-12 students enrolled in a public school district in Orange or Dutchess County, NY. For students in middle or elementary school, we ask that a parent or guardian sign up.