Tutoring Program

The University Ministry Tutoring Program at the University of San Francisco grants USF students the opportunity to provide tutoring and academic support to students at ICA, St. Anthony, St. Peter, and St. James parochial schools in San Francisco’s Mission District. The program provides mutual benefits to both the University and parochial school students. USF tutors gain skills in academic development, leadership, and mentorship. The parochial students get tutoring and other essential support that enhances their academic achievement.

During the Spring semester University Ministry brings students from ICA, St. James, St. Peter and St. Anthony to the USF campus for a field trip. As is in line with the mission of this program, we believe it’s important for students to become familiar and comfortable with being on a college campus, to begin envisioning themselves here, and to start planning the path they will take to successfully complete college – preferably here at USF. 

The University Ministry Tutors receive an hourly wage compensation for their time. In addition, the tutoring retention program continues to offer a discount to attend a University Ministry retreat or immersion trip to a USF tutor who returns for a consecutive semester (up to $500) or to a USF tutor who has completed two years of tutoring (up to $1,000).

The goals for the tutoring program is to promote and support active and independent learning; develop a positive approach to learning; aid in developing a higher student competence and confidence in a particular subject; create an encouraging environment where learning takes place at the student’s pace; provide mentorship and guidance; and foster holistic development through academics. 

We also offer formational opportunities for our tutors to grow holistically. The scholarship programs allow our tutors to engage in the many opportunities that University Ministry offers such as the Arrupe Immersion program, Retreats, and the ISN Family Teach-In.

For more information, please email Mauricio Diaz de Leon.

Tutor Coordinator

Carol Zavaleta

We are more than our experiences, we become part of our lessons.
My name is Carol Zavaleta, I am a Peruvian native who is currently a graduate student at the Masters of Arts in Migration Studies program. I am part of the University Ministry's team as this year's Tutoring Coordinator. I see the Tutoring program as a safe place for tutors to socially and professionally develop and through that, help children show improvements in their education; our goal is to plant leaders willing to create social change starting with their educational impact. My goal as a Tutoring Coordinator is to be a tool for our tutors to find freedom in expressing and expanding their abilities in order to truly be an addition to the education for the students we tutor.