Step off campus one afternoon a week to participate in a fun and rewarding experience in the local community! Build a positive relationship with a Latina/o emergent bilingual student in grades 2-5 while assisting the child with reading and homework completion. Spanish-speaking skills are helpful, but only required if working with a 2nd grader.


International Prep Academy (IPA)
1605 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign, IL

IPA is a Spanish/English dual language school in the Champaign Unit 4 School District.

How do I get to the Elementary School?

The 10 Gold MTD bus route offers a convenient ride from campus to IPA with a bus stop in the front of the school (intersection of Kirby and Rose). There is also the possibility of carpooling with other tutors. 


The SOAR after-school program takes place from 2:00-3:15 every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the International Prep Academy. You are asked to make a weekly volunteer commitment on the day that best fits into your semester schedule.

Why volunteer?

The SOAR program provides volunteers the opportunity to . . .

  • read and discuss books with a child.
  • be a tutor/mentor/positive role model to a child.
  • participate in a program that promotes positive cross-cultural understanding.
  • speak Spanish with emergent bilingual/biliterate children.
  • learn with children in the local community.

Interested in participating in this fun and rewarding community service activity?

Contact Maria Lang, SOAR Program Coordinator

Email: mglang2@illinois.edu

Phone: 217-265-4705

Please contact Maria Lang to sign up for one of the orientation sessions listed below for new SOAR tutors. All necessary paperwork will be completed at the orientation session.

Spring 2017 Orientation Sessions for New SOAR Tutors

Please attend ONE of the following orientation sessions in room 28 of the College of Education Building (1310 S. Sixth Street):

  • January 31, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
  • February 1, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
  • February 2, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM

Becoming a Literacy Tutor with Emergent Bilingual Children

A presentation by Dr. Patrick Smith and Dr. Luz Murillo: 

Becoming a SOAR Tutor.