Tutoring and Mentoring

It’s a powerful combination — tutoring a child can help him or her thrive in school. But add in mentoring, and that student can thrive in life, as well!

The Leaven proactively works with students — primarily in first through fifth grades — giving at-risk youth extra help to excel before problems occur. More than 8 in 10 Leaven students represent racial and ethnic minorities, and the majority live in extremely low-income households.

Through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, The Leaven is also active in the fight against childhood obesity through programs that teach nutrition and the importance of making healthy food choices.

HomeworkHomework assistance, tutoring and skills building

Students receive assistance with homework so they can complete it — and understand it, too!

  • 60% of students improve their homework completion rate over the course of the school year.
  • 75% of Leaven students improve their reading skills and reading comprehension during the school year.


Our rigorously screened volunteers provide examples of healthy adult relationships and model the kinds of choices that lead to seemingly unlimited futures.

  • More than 25 adults volunteer at a typical Leaven center during the school year.

Are you ready to make the world a better place, starting in your own community? Apply to be part of our growing team of volunteers!