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UPDATE, MAY 20, 2021 — We are closing our summer volunteer and intern intake for now!

If you would be interested if a spot opens up for our summer session, please email with your availability to be put on the waitlist.

If you have already confirmed your volunteer position with the FORA staff and have been asked to fill out the application, or if you are the parent of an incoming volunteer under age 18, please follow this link, as our portal will remain open for those who still need to submit information:




The FORA Summer 2021 Session will run July 6 - August 27, 2021 in a hybrid combination of virtual and in person tutoring. The available tutoring time slots are 9-10am, 10-11am, 11:30am-12:30pm, and 12:30-1:30pm (all are in Central time zone), and you can select which to apply for based on your availability. If you are in Chicago, you can come to tutor in person at our West Ridge empowerment center, and if you live elsewhere in the United States, you can tutor virtually.


Volunteers must commit to tutoring every weekday July 6 - August 27 so that we can maintain consistency and provide high quality tutoring for our students. The only exception is if you yourself are a student and your school will be resuming before August 27! 

Tutor requirements: live in and are a legal resident of the United States, are at least high school age (parents of high school students must agree to a background check), speak English, are willing to undergo a background check, and are patient and kind. Virtual tutors must have an internet connection and a computer or iPad.

**Please note that if you are a volunteer under age 18, both you AND your parent will need to submit an application with the below link, as your parent will also need to undergo a background check.​​​


Virtual Internships: Any volunteers who can commit to tutoring July 6 - August 27 for all four time slots (i.e. 9am-1:30pm each weekday) will be considered virtual interns of FORA! Please note that these dates and times are not flexible.

In-person Internships: If you are able to volunteer in-person at our Chicago center each day, July 6 - August 27, there are two internship options available. Option 1: Tutor every weekday 8:45am - 1:45pm. Option 2: Tutor every weekday 8:45am - 1:45pm PLUS stay for the afternoon until 5pm to do administrative, operations, mentoring, and outreach work with the FORA staff, gaining valuable experience in the "behind the scenes" work of a nonprofit. Dates are somewhat flexible.​