File photo: Students participate in a workshop at Mission High

Got an hour a week to spend with a local student? The San Francisco Education Fund, a nonprofit that partners with the district to support underserved children in city schools, is recruiting volunteers to spend one-on-one time with students at Everett, Mission High, and James Lick in the Mission.

The volunteers, who must commit to about an hour a week during school hours, help give students personal attention and help them with reading or math while a teacher runs the class. It’s not a stopgap – the need for volunteers would not go away even if every single vacant teacher position was filled overnight, a spokesperson for the Education Fund said – but rather a way to make sure kids are engaged in class and invested in learning, which boosts their academic performance.

There are no specific requirements for volunteers, but they do need to pass a background check administered by the Education Fund and go through a training. Monolingual volunteers will not be turned away, but bilingual, especially Spanish-speaking volunteers are appreciated.

Though certain schools have the most pressing need for volunteers, positions are open around the district. Anyone interested may apply here.

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