Frequently Asked Questions

Community FAQs

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What is Lesson Check-In?

Lesson Check-In is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to support students and families navigating distance learning and its aftermath. This FREE platform connects 6-12th graders with undergraduate and graduate volunteers, who assist students with assignment tracking, character development, classroom advocacy, and homework, as needed. We are a community committed to bridging gaps in education and creating meaningful connections through a "near-peer" model.

How can my student get involved?

Welcome! Complete questions on the "Enroll Student" page and sign the consent form to enroll your student in our program. We will then work to pair your student with a volunteer, or “Check-In Coach.” Once your student is paired, you will receive background and contact information for their Check-In Coach. A conversation about goals and expectations must take place between you and the Coach, before the Coach is permitted to speak with your student.

What experience or background is required to volunteer?

Check-In Coaches must currently be pursuing a college or graduate degree at an accredited institution. Our coaches come from all over the country with various backgrounds and areas of interest. No prior tutoring or mentoring experience is required. However, we will provide training and resources to each coach after they are paired with a student. Matches are carefully and intentionally created to maximize student learning and growth outcomes.

To prioritize student safety, we require potential Check-In Coaches to complete an online background check before they are permitted to participate in our program. We cannot accept an applicant with a crime against a child on their record. An applicant with a felony conviction or a violent crime on their record must have a discussion with a Lesson Check-In team member and will only be paired with a student upon parent or guardian consent.

How old are participating students?

Lesson Check-In serves students in 6th-12th grade.

What is the time commitment to volunteer?

A Check-In Coach will be encouraged to communicate with their student on a weekly basis for the remainder of the academic year. However, we recognize the unprecedented nature of this time, and we are flexible to changing circumstances. All communication will take place via phone or video chat. No communication is permitted to take place in-person. Check-In Coaches must also join or view a training, as part of the program.