Community Engagement

Addressing the needs and interests of our diverse communities locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

Education - Tutoring, Mentoring

Adelante Hispanic Achievers

Contact: Kayliegh Hill, Volunteer Coordinator


2817 Hikes Lane

Louisville, KY  40218

Mentor & Tutor Louisville's Latino Youth!  The after-school tutor at Adelante Hispanic Achievers provides tutoring and homework help for Adelante students, and is fundamental in helping the students to reach their academic potential.

  1. Tutors assist middle school students, either one-on-one or in small groups, with homework assignments in various subjects
  2. Guides students through skill-practice, group activities, and other basic skills development work
  3. Help staff develop new educational activities based on student needs and interests
  4. Acts as a mentor and role model to students
  5. Reports students' progress through the use of a tutoring log, filled out after each week's tutoring session.

The after-school tutor will serve approximately 1.5 hours per week: Wednesdays, 3:15 - 5:00 PM at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and/or Thursdays, 3:15 - 5:00 PM at Myers Middle School.

**Adelante program schedule follows Jefferson County Public Schools calendar

**Spanish skills are helpful, but not necessary

**Background check required and new tutor training/orientation is provided

American Red Cross Disaster Services

Contact: Kim Jackson


510 East Chestnut Street

Louisville, KY  40202

Presenters will help kids in grades 3 - 5 learn emergency preparedness skills for themselves, their family, and the community.  As part of the Walt Disney Pillow Case Project, kids will also learn helpful coping skills for stressful situations and at the end of the presentation they receive a pillowcase, workbook, and completion certificate to take home.

  • Students will need to be comfortable with presenting an interactive curriculum to youth ages 8-11 in school and after school settings.
  • Must be well versed in emergency preparedness (will train) and be willing to teach new ideas and concepts, such as coping skills.
  • Prefer someone with strong organization and communications skills with the ability to follow through.
  • Must have reliable transportation to pick up materials at the designated Red Cross location.

*Minimum time commitment 4 hours a week Monday - Friday between 8 AM - 6 PM.  Background check is required.

Americana Community Center

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator


4801Southside Drive

Louisville, KY  40214

Morning Family Education (Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM) This program provides support to immigrant and refugee parents in acquiring the tools necessary to promote their children's academic success, increase their own English language proficiency, and meet personal education goals. Volunteers are needed to assist in the early childhood room (ages 3-5) and in the infant/toddler room (under 3 years of age) during Morning Family Education.

Evening Family Education (Monday - Thursday, 6:00 - 8:30 PM) This program provides support to immigrant and refugee parents in acquiring the tools necessary to promote their children's academic success, increase their own English language proficiency, and meet personal educational goals.  Volunteers are needed to assist with students K-2, 3-5, and teens during Evening Family Education.

Fiberworks Program (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12:30 - 3:30 PM) This program provides refugee and immigrant women a place to practice sewing and fiber arts skills, as well as practice and improve their English.  Volunteers are needed to help the women with their projects, speak to them in English & help them with their English, and help out with craft fairs that Fiberworks participants attend.

After School Program (Monday - Thursday, 3:30 - 6:30 PM) This program provides a safe and educational environment for children and youth (grades K-12).  A variety of educational and enrichment activities are offered throughout the week.  Volunteers can assist with homework help (tutoring), helping to supervise students, and facilitate activities.  Volunteers are needed to assist with students K-5 and 6-12.

After School Program - Homework Help (Monday - Thursday, 3:30 - 6:30 PM) The After School Program provides a safe and educational environment for children and youth (grades K-12).  A variety of educational and enrichment activities are offered throughout the week.  Volunteers assisting with Homework Help will meet with students in the library.  Volunteers are needed to assist with students 6-12 for all subjects.

*Background check required.

Backside Learning Center

Contact: Sherry Stanley, Director


704 Central Avenue

Louisville, KY  40208

The Backside Learning Center provides educational programming and other services to workers on the backside of Churchill Downs and their families.  The BLC is a program of the Kentucky Derby Museum but with a separate budget and Board of Directors.  BLC serves approximately 300 individuals each year.  About 75% of the 1000 backside workers are native Spanish speakers.  Around 600 workers live on the track.  The following opportunities are available on an on-going basis:

English Tutors - BLC offers one-on-one tutoring for workers who are learning English and want to practice with native speakers.  Levels range from beginning to advanced. Days and times are coordinated according to students and volunteers' availability.

Technology Assistance - Many backside workers are looking to improve their technology skills and request assistance with using social media, setting up email, and using the Internet.  Days and times are coordinated according to students' and volunteers' availability.

Homework Assistance - This year, BLC began a new program which provides homework assistance to children of backside workers.  This is part of a family program that allows the parents to learn English while their children are working with volunteer tutors.

Communications - updating of social media, weekly newsletters, website updates, etc.

Special events and fundraisers - Helping with different tasks to organize and staff monthly community dinners, field trips and fundraisers.

Most programs take place Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM between April - November.  Ideal commitment would be at least one hour a week.

*Background check is required only for those volunteers who are tutoring children; not for those working with adults.

Behold 1500 Latinos/Doors to Hope

Contact: Rhonda Buchanan


Stevenson 306

University of Louisville

Rhonda Buchanan

The LALS Program is assisting the Behold 1500 Latinos Initiative to provide tutoring and mentoring to Latino high school students.  The program, which is part of the Mayor's 55,000 Degrees Initiative, has joined forces with Doors to Hope, located at 2914 S. Third Street., which is next to Holy Name Catholic Church (just a short block north of Central Ave. on Third, near Churchill Downs and the Papa John Stadium).

Doors to Hope tutors Latino students and offers one-on-one after school tutoring, GED mentoring for adults, and ESL classes for adults, among other services.  The hours for volunteering are Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12-7 and Saturdays from 10-12.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. Rhonda Buchanan and she will put you in touch with the directors.

*Background check is required. Spanish speaking skills are helpful, but not required.

Catholic Enrichment Center

Contact: Audrey Penman


3146 West Broadway

Louisville, KY  40211

Tutors are needed for after-school tutoring program serving children in grades K-12.  The primary areas of need are in reading and math, however, there are quite a few students who need help with science and social studies.  The program runs September - May.

Throughout the year there is a need for volunteers to assist with Dare to Care Food Pantry, clothing closet, computer lab, back to school fair, community health fair and other special projects.

Minimum time commitment: At least 2 hours a week; 4-8 hours a week for seasonal opportunities.

*Volunteers are required to attend a safe environment class.

Center for Women and Families

Contact: Sarah Mills, Volunteer Coordinator


927 S. Second Street

Louisville, KY  40201

Volunteers with The Center for Women and Families have the opportunity to work directly with clients (after training) as well as support our mission behind the scenes!  The agency offers volunteer opportunities with children's legal and hospital advocacy as well as serving meals in the kitchen and assisting administratively.  Agency is open 24/7 and could not serve victims of domestic violence and sexual violence without the assistance of volunteers.

In the kitchen, the maximum number of volunteers is 6, however, The Center can utilize over 60 volunteers a semester.

Doors to Hope

Contact: Lorena Miller


2914 South Third Street

Louisville, KY  40208

Doors to Hope, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, is seeking volunteers to assist with ESL and GED tutoring programs and/or after school tutoring.  The mission of Doors to Hope is to open learning opportunities, encourage community involvement, and engage in advocacy for women and immigrant families in the south central area of Louisville. 

Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 12-7 pm, and Fridays from 12-4 pm.  Ideal time commitment is 3 hours per week.

Background check required and there are steps leading into the building.


Contact: Jennie Lobato


2817 Hikes Lane

Louisville, KY  40218

Dedicate a few hours to help children express themselves through the use of art!  We are looking for volunteers to commit to showing up at least two Saturdays a month from 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM.  We work with Congolese refugee children to help encourage them to fulfill their dreams.  This is accomplished through the use of art.  We focus on empowerment - using only nice words and collaboration.  We bring all the supplies, you come to hang out and help with the activity.  No need to be an artist to volunteer, just need to know how to express love and kindness to children.  Perfect opportunity for psychology students as well.

*Background check required.  Training provided on-site on volunteer day.

Please navigate to the CONTRIBUTE page of to fill out a volunteer application.  This is the first step in the volunteer process.

ENGin Program

Contact: Katerina Manoff


ENGin is looking for volunteers aged 14-22 to serve as speaking buddies for international students.  This is a super-flexible and unique opportunity to make a difference without leaving your room.  Plus, you'll get to know peers around the world.  (This is a virtual opportunity, so can be done at home, but volunteers needt ob e able to use viceo chat and speak English fluently).  

You'll be paired with a Ukrainian student to video chat each week at times that are convenient for you.  Students and volunteers are matched based on age, gender preference, interests, and schedules. All of the students have studied English, so grammar rules aren't necessary - just chat about school, latest news, favorite books and movies, holdiay plans, etc.  Resources, activities, and ideas for use are provided.  Speaking sessions can be 30-60 minutes long.

Interested?  Visit the volunteer webpage for more information and fill out the application to get started.

Highland Park Community Development Corporation

Contact: Sandra Miller


3500 Shanks Lane

Louisville, KY  40216

Seeking tutors for an after-school program for students in grades K-5 and for a Saturday program for students in grades 8-12.  Prefer to have students who have a strong knowledge of math and English.  Tutors should have a minimum GPA of 2.75.  Time commitment is 8-10 hours/week.

Also looking for a business major that can help develop standard policy and procedures for the organization.  Willing to help individual learn how to manage programs and will provide opportunities for that individual to use the skills learned. Time commitment is 2-4 hours/week.

*Background check required.  Must have own transportation.  Training provided.

Johnson Traditional Middle School

Contact: Lynn Lewis


2509 Wilson Avenue

Louisville, KY  40210

In need of Every1Reads volunteers to work one-on-one with students to improve reading and comprehension skills one day a week for 30 minutes from 7:30 - 8:00 AM during the school year.

Also interested in some individual tutoring after school 2:30 - 3:30 PM whenever possible.

*JCPS volunteer background check required

Junior Achievement

Contact: Shellea Ijames


1401 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Louisville, KY  40203

"JA in a Day" is a special Junior Achievement delivery method that facilitates the partnership between a business and an elementary school.  Like all JA programs, business volunteers involved in this program help to inspire and educate young people to succeed in a global economy.  "JA in a Day" is covered in the course of one day in the school.  The approximate time commitment can be 4 hours in one morning or afternoon.  Company volunteers have an opportunity to be a role model and to teach important business ideas that will help the children progress as future members of the workforce.  Benefits include:

  • "JA in a Day" takes only one workday of the volunteer's time
  • "JA in a Day" allows your company to volunteer as a team, incorporating team bonding
  • Your company can create a partnership with an area school, and serve those students year after year

Louisville Public Library - Iroquois Branch

Contact: Sophie Maier


601 West Woodlawn Avenue

Volunteers are needed to meet, greet and engage in conversation with language learners from a diverse population of immigrants and refugees with varying levels of English proficiency.  This English Conversation Club meets Saturdays at 3:00 PM in January, February, and March at the Iroquois Branch and Thursday nights at 7:00 PM at the Main library downtown.

Other service opportunities include: working library outreach tables at various places in the community, and helping children with homework in the afternoons from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at either Iroquois or the downtown Main library location.

*Background check required

Nativity Academy

Contact: Melissa Nelson


Seeking energetic individuals who can spare one or two hours a week to tutor, supervise study hall (assist kids with their homework), and/or supervise a planned activity for an after-school program.  The after-school program runs Monday-Thursday from 3:00 - 5:10/5:30.  Individuals would feel comfortable supervising small groups of students during study hall for an hour in which they would be able to pass out afternoon snacks, assist with homework assignments, and keep students focused on completing their assignments for one hour (3:00 - 4:00).  Immediately following study hour, students participate in extracurricular activities.  These activities can be provided or if the individuals have a passion or expertise in a field such as public speaking, gardening, debate, or a sport this could be incorporated into our scheduled classes.

Nativity Academy is an independent school that supports the entire life of our bright, motivated students from morning classes to afternoon study and enrichment, during the summer months, and all the way through high school and college preparation.  Our academic program is based on the curriculum of the Archdiocese of Louisville that prepares students for admission to Catholic secondary schools, should their families choose that option.

Nativity Academy provides a unique experience for anyone interested in working with youth, in education, or in community outreach.

*The only requirement is to attend a Safe Environment Training and pass a background check (free).

Plymouth Community Renewal Center

Contact: Markham French


1626 West Chestnut Street

Louisville, KY  40203

Seeking students with special skills in the areas of Education, Communications & Marketing

  • Provide academic enrichment 1 hour/day, 1 to 2 days per week
  • Provide Teen Digital Story Telling Group training in the areas of journalism, story telling, photography and videography
  • Market the Plymouth Recycle fundraising campaign by approaching area businesses to donate used inkjets, laser toners, cell phones, and iPods.

Background check required.

Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence Among Adolescents (SPAVA)

Contact: Marinda Ragsdale


P.O. Box 22067

Louisville, KY  40252

Mission: To produce a nonviolent society by being mentors and role models for our youth.

Becoming a SPAVA mentor gives students the opportunity to teach and practice non-violence with the Louisville community.  The SPAVA program is actively taught in local schools and community centers in the Louisville area.  Mentors are trained in SPAVA curriculum and facilitate the material at our various sites.  Currently, mentors are required to pass a background check, set up a training date with a SPAVA administrator, and commit to at least 10 weeks of sessions; however, there are also several new and different opportunities coming up for mentors in the near future.

Student mentors are especially encouraged to participate as there will soon be creative projects for mentors that have the potential to become internship opportunities.

Background check required and participant must provide their own transportation to local sites.

The Academy @ Shawnee

Contact: Erica Young, 3:1 Project Director/Coordinator


4001 Herman Street

Louisville, KY  40212

3:1 Mentoring is a key component of the school's innovative 3:1 Project which focuses on systematically providing support for students in 3 areas: academics/behavior, social/emotional, and mentoring/advocacy.

Mentors provide consistent support and guidance and encourage mentees to continue their education, to secure jobs, and to set positive goals for their adult lives.  Students gain self-confidence, increase knowledge of post-secondary opportunities and develop skills that will support successful education and employment outcomes.

Mentors should be available to make a weekly 1 hour commitment to meet with a student at The Academy @ Shawnee between 8am - 2pm, on the same day every week.

Looking for mentors who have:

  • excitement, energy and enthusiasm
  • educational success (minimum high school diploma)
  • professional success
  • the ability to connect with youth - the relationship you build is the most influential part of mentoring

Mentors must participate in a volunteer orientation and training and pass a JCPS background check.

This Girls V.O.I.C.E., Inc. (Impacting our Community one daughter at a time)

Contact: Candace Bell, Founder/Director


P.O. Box 11654

Louisville, KY  40251

Volunteers come to the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Center (LMYDC) and host "rap sessions" for youth who are in juvenile detention, based on their areas of expertise or interests, i.e. education, sexual education, domestic violence or peer mentoring.  The sessions typically last 1 - 1.5 hours and are controlled by LMYDC staff.  Usually there are between 6-15 kids which can be split up in groups based on number of volunteers and what the volunteers want to do.  Atmosphere is friendly, non-judgmental and of course everything discussed remains confidential unless it compromises the safety of the youth or the staff/volunteers.

Must have a desire to work with youth, specifically at-risk youth, and be compassionate and caring, as well as strong in character.

Must be available after 4:00 PM, minimum 2 hours a month; typical commitment is between 4-8 hours a month.

*Metro Government volunteer application required which includes background check

YMCA/Y-NOW Children of Prisoner Mentoring Program

Contact: Jessi Gillis, Community Outreach Specialist


2400 Crittenden Drive

Louisville, KY  40217

Y-NOW is the mentoring component of YMCA Safe Place Services.  We work with youth who are 11-15, live in the Louisville metro area, and have at least one incarcerated parent.  The stigma of having a parent incarcerated means that these youth often feel shame, blame, fear, ridicule, and embarrassment.  They often struggle academically, and have a difficult time trusting adults.  Studies show that children of prisoners are 7x more likely to become incarcerated themselves one day.  These youth deserve a chance to become productive members of our community.  But we need your help to break the cycle.

Volunteers support all phases of the Y-NOW program - however, our primary need is for folks to serve as mentors - listening and providing encouragement, support and stability so that these youth might begin to create a future that is distinctly different from the past.  Volunteering with the Y-NOW program is a great way to gain insight into the lives of today's youth and to connect with people from all over our community.

No experience is needed, just heart and commitment.  Training is provided and typical time commitment is 1 hour a week for 52 weeks.  For more information, follow this link to watch a video:

YMCA Downtown Branch

Contact: Juan P. Vivanco


555 South 2nd Street

Louisville, KY  40202

The YMCA Newcomer Academy Program is an after school academic and sports program for middle and high school students attending the ESL Newcomer Academy.  Located within Shawnee High School in Louisville, KY, the primary focus of the ESL Newcomer Academy is to create a welcoming, educational environment for immigrant and refugee children new to the United States.  In the fall, students will receive academic support and develop short and long term goals for personal success.  Spring programming will also include organized soccer and other recreational activities.  Volunteer tutors are needed primarily in the areas of math, reading, and English.  No teaching experience is required, but a passion to pursue or experience in education, language/ESL, and youth development is a plus.

Ideal time commitment is once a week on regular schedule, after-school hours about 60-90 minutes.

Background check is required.

Community Engagement

University of Louisville

2323 S. Brook St.

Louisville, KY 40208

(502) 852-6026

Office Hours

M-F 8:30am to 5:00pm

No holiday hours

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