Parent Engagement

Randomized controlled trial study conducted?

Homework Champions Tutoring


The Homework Champions Tutoring program (HCT) is a virtual education assistance program directed by the Refugee Outreach Collective's (ROC) Kalamazoo College collegiate chapter in collaboration with Samaritas, a social services nonprofit. HCT has provided 100% virtual services for refugee students in the Kalamazoo area in response to the pandemic. Using tailored tutoring approaches, HCT aims to build our students' skills, confidence, and motivation to learn independently. Fostering reciprocal community relationships between tutors and students is integral to our mission. Our tutors are encouraged to reflect on the social, educational, and political systems that resettled refugee students and their families navigate and how that can impact our students' learning.

Program Description

Our program matches West Michigan college students with one resettled refugee student in the Kalamazoo, MI area for 1:1 homework and general academic assistance.  Homework-help is our basis, but we also utilize session times for fun interactive games to encourage social interaction in a time of such isolation.

Type of service
Tutoring Program
Academic Intervention
Year Started
Headquarter Location (City, State)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
States of Operation
Operation Locations
Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids
Most recent number of students served
Subject Offered
English Language Arts (ELA),
Early Literacy,
Social Studies
Grade Levels
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade,
Post secondary
Languages Offered
Percentage of tutors who can speak a language other than English
Race/Ethnicity breakdown of tutors
Hispanic or Latino- 20%, Asian- 5%, Black or African American 15%, White 60%
During School
Delivery Mode
Tutor-Student Ratio
Number of Sessions Per Week
Number of Minutes Per Session
Number of Weeks Per Program
Does your program engage with parents?
Family Engagement Description

We usually work with many children within the same family, so our tutors often get to know all the siblings through their online interactions. We also encourage tutors working in the same family to collaborate and reflect on their experience. We have volunteer translators available and a multilingual leadership team. We call families to check in regarding their satisfaction with the program.

Organization Type
Customer Type
Nonprofit, Parent, Student
Cost to District/ School/ Non-Profit
Cost to Student
Type of Tutor
Tutoring Staff, Volunteer
Randomized controlled trial (RCT) study conducted?
Quasi-experimental (QED) study conducted?
Contact Name
Katia Duoibes and Emily Worline
Contact Email

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