Tutoring Opportunities in the Twin Cities

February 26, 2019, Hanna Estrem

Is your Little looking for academic support? From homework help to creative writing workshops, check out our list of tutoring programs across the metro.

Good Neighbor Center Tutoring Program

Good Neighbor Center Tutoring Program is an academic tutoring program for children in grades 1-12, ages 6-18. The program provides FREE TUTORING/MENTORING, FREE MEALS, meets three nights per week (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm) and runs year round. It is designed to help children who are behind academically, placing major emphasis on reading and math. Dinner is served to youth and families at 6:30 PM and tutoring starts at 7 PM. Pre-registration by phone is preferred but drop-ins are welcomed. They do not provide transportation but are near the bus lines. 

TwinCites Tutoring

TwinCites Tutoring is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, dedicated to improving the academic performance of immigrant and low-income students throughout the community. Seven days a week, year-round they bring top-quality supplemental educational services to dozens of students from all grade levels. Their mission is to train non-native speaking children in the English language arts, to raise their grades and test scores in all school subjects, and prepare them for each new challenge as they progress through their academic careers.

Hennepin County Library (Various Locations)

Homework Help: Find homework resources for K-12 students online and at all our libraries: history, language arts, math, science and more.

Tutoring: Free in-person tutoring for K-12 students. No advance sign-up needed.

Saint Paul Public Library (Various Locations)

Homework Center- Tutors are available to assist students. Homework centers are equipped with computers, Wi-Fi, printers, reference books, and school supplies.

Early Literacy Tutoring– Minneapolis Public Schools

Early Literacy Tutoring serves K-3 during the school to assist with new literacy curriculum. The program promotes in-classroom tutoring by working with small groups of students, rather than pulling students out of class for individual tutoring. Tutors also play a major role in supporting the teacher by helping students stay engaged in classroom work.

Hennepin County Library Early Learning (free, Pre-K)

Enjoy story times and a variety of fun programs and resources to help young children get ready to read.

St. Paul Public Library Reading Together(free, grades 1-5)

The Reading Together program fosters the joy of reading and boosts reading skills through mentorship and creative play. Students and trained mentors meet weekly, one-on-one, to work on grade-level reading skills.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (free, grades K-12)

Mid- Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI) has five arms of programming offering creative and academic opportunities for Twin Cities students. 

After-School Homework Help: Students of all ages can receive one-on-one academic support from trained volunteers.

Storytelling & Bookmaking  Field Trips: Classes of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders visit MOI and work together to write an original story.

Young Authors’ Book Project: Throughout a year, students write and edit pieces to be included in a published anthology.

Writers’ Room: Starting in 2018-19, MOI will partner with Minneapolis South High School to offer dedicated writing support to teachers and students through a satellite location within the school. 

Creative Writing Workshops: Creative writing workshops offer students the chance to create original pieces around a given theme or activity. Past workshops include the ReVoice Summer Podcasting Camp.

Arc Greater Twin Cities 

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities. The Arc offers numerous resources to help guide you through the special education process for children birth to age 21.

A+ Tutoring

A+ Tutoring Service provides assistance in learning to students of all ages, from beginning readers to aspiring graduate students throughout the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Twin Cities area.

HYPE-Twin Cities

HYPE-Twin Cities is a nonprofit tutoring organization that provides free educational programming for youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Tutors work with at-risk middle schoolers who have fallen behind, with the ultimate goal of helping our students perform at grade level. 

Reading Partners

Reading Partners harnesses the power of community volunteers and one-on-one tutoring to improve reading proficiency. 


CLUES (Comunidades latinas unidas en servicio) offers Early Childhood Literacy/Kindergarten Prep and Elementary Tutoring in Minneapolis and St. Paul.


Founded in 1994, ACES has served over 5,000 youth throughout the Twin Cities, with many college-bound alums joining our ranks as staff. ACES currently runs 14 programs at 12 program sites.

After School @ Central Community Center

Since 1998, AfterSchool@Central has been assisting neighborhood children by providing academic support and mentoring relationships. Children come from many area schools two afternoons a week throughout the school year. One-on-one homework help and individual tutoring in areas of need are the heart of the program. Recreation, snack, and time in the computer lab round out the day.

Hmong Karen(ni) Youth Pride Program

The HKYP program was designed to help struggling Hmong and Karen/Karenni elementary students with reading skills. The program offers one-on-one reading assistance. With culturally sensitive tutors and mentors, they build reading confidence in children. HKYP is currently available as an in-school and after-school program to students in grades K-5 at specific schools in Saint Paul.

West 7th Community Center– Community Kids Program

Community Kids is an accredited program that serves youth, grades K-10, and their families living, working or attending school in the West 7th neighborhood. The program is offered Monday-Friday on a year-round basis (after-school and summer schedules differ). 

Urban Battle Tutoring and Mentoring Program

Urban Battle Tutoring Program is an academic tutoring program for children in grades 1-12. This program is free of charge to any child who has the desire to learn. It is designed to help children who are behind academically, socially and maybe have poor attitudes. The program tries to deal with all three of these problems simultaneously while placing major emphasis on academics. Our program tries to build the individual child’s self-confidence and instill in them the belief that they have value.

East Side Learning Center

The mission of the East Side Learning Center is to unlock children’s potential through the foundation of reading. Their strategy is to prevent children from falling behind in reading by seeking opportunities that reach more children and maximizing their tutoring impact. 

CommonBond Communities

CommonBond Communities has volunteers from the community come in to help support the youth, providing a youth-friendly environment where young residents can develop the skills and abilities they need to succeed academically and in their personal lives. There are adult study buddies and a homework center with tutors.