Listen to Fairley's transformative journey tutoring and leading DreamCatchers.


Become a DreamCatchers Tutor


Our tutors dedicate their time to one DreamCatchers student throughout the school year and work together on developing the skills required to succeed in secondary school and beyond.  Tutors develop a meaningful mentoring relationship, gain valuable experience working closely with youth, and inspire students to becoming lifelong learners. We offer community service hours for all of our tutors and volunteers.


  • Work with a middle school student for one evening (two hours) each week throughout the school year to help this student improve in school by completing challenging homework assignments together, developing time management skills, and practicing organizational skills.

  • Build a mentoring relationship with your student by participating in fun, engaging, and thoughtful classroom activities, designed to promote communication and inspire a passion for learning in both students and tutors.

  • Acquire training and experience in tutoring and mentoring, using the growth mindset model and skills taught by DreamCatchers and PAUSD professional staff.



Academic year, 2 hours/week.  We expect all tutors to attend one initial training session as well as shorter bi-monthly trainings right after class throughout the school year.

Available Program Times

Tutors are matched with an individual student and attend one classroom session consistently throughout the year.

Mondays: 4-6PM or 6-8PM
Tuesdays: 6-8PM
Wednesdays: 4-6PM or 6-8PM
Thursdays: 6-8PM

This program has really helped me grow as a person. I’ve loved building trust and friendship with my DreamCatchers student. He always made my week better.
— DreamCatchers Tutor

Become a Classroom Director


Our Classroom Directors are Stanford students who lead a classroom of middle school students and tutors and create a vibrant atmosphere that makes learning fun and rewarding. Classroom Directors gain invaluable experience leading and managing a classroom, receive mentorship and support from experienced educators, and work with a dedicated team of peers who believe in the potential of our students. They work as a team under the onsite supervision of our professional staff and participate in regularly training sessions.


  • Work directly with our students and tutors by leading the after-school academic program for a classroom of 15 student-tutor pairs two evenings per week.

  • Serve as the point of contact for your assigned classroom when tutors, students, or parents have questions regarding your classroom of students.

  • Build and maintain relationships with students and tutors while at the program.

  • Collaborate with the program director and other classroom directors to plan and facilitate academic program activities, foster a sense of community, and teach core study skills.

  • Collaborate with DreamCatchers' professional staff communicate with teachers regarding struggling students.

  • Participate in some classroom roles such as grading papers, setting up/cleaning up the classroom, setting up snack, and entering attendance information in our database.


  • Note: Spanish fluency and teaching and/or counseling experience are highly beneficial, but not required.


One program session (see days/times below), plus one to two hours a week of preparation/training per week during the academic year.  


$15.00/hr part-time, work study funding, or volunteer position


Mondays & Wednesdays: 4-6PM
Mondays & Wednesdays: 6-8PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6-8PM

Every time I came back from DreamCatchers, I just seemed so jazzed and elated from the experience.
— Fairley Nickerson, Classroom Director


Other Volunteer Roles


Student Group Financial Officer


  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop organizational budget and fiscal goals

  • Receive financial officer training through the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) on financial management for student groups

  • Keep track of expenditures and Student Group finances throughout the year

  • Secure Stanford student group funding through the ASSU and The Stanford Fund, including working with the DreamCatchers leadership team to prepare, present, and defend budget proposals before the ASSU and The Stanford Fund.

  • Work with the leadership team and volunteers to fulfill The Stanford Fund stewardship obligations, including letter and postcard writing.

  • Process reimbursements to facilitate smooth day-to-day operations of the program


Academic year, 4 hrs/month

Social Media Manager


  • Post regular updates on our Facebook page, Instagram, and website to inform the community about recent events and exciting aspects of the DreamCatchers program

  • Build a community of followers and friends on Facebook and Instagram

  • Write articles and stories about our program, students, and organization events to be published on social media sites as well as in our newsletter, donor materials, and website

  • Interview students, parents, and tutors to write personal, moving narratives about the program's impact on the lives of members of the DreamCatchers community


Academic year, 1 hr/wk


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