Guidelines for Youth Tutor

This is a learning opportunity to develop an understanding of the duties and responsibilities for assisting youth in their learning process. You will be working with youth who can benefit from educational guidance and additional instruction to pass a GED exam, catch up with past school work, or prepare for various academic requirements.


  • Ability to explain math, science or literature concepts to a varying range of youth. From those who do not know their multiplication tables to others almost ready to pass a GED exam on Algebra. With math, tutors must specifically be able to explain algebraic and geometric concepts.
  • Ability to teach test taking strategies to help kids pass an exam.
  • Each person brings their own wisdom and experience. You are a role model to our youth. We ask that you recognize the impact you have on our youth and families and take it seriously. This includes foul language, time on your phone and engaging with them vs. observing them engaging with each other.
  • Being present, listening, caring and being genuine can have a huge impact on the youth we serve. Be aware of your presence and how it can impact a serious conversation or situation.
  • Many conversations between youth will take place. This information should be dealt with respectfully and confidentially. You will have signed a confidentiality agreement and be a mandatory reporter. If situations arise that impact these areas, please discuss white juvenile department staff.
  • Trust your juvenile leaders. They follow procedures for a purpose. Use each scenario and conversation with a youth as an opportunity to inquire about appropriate protocols and become more informed of best ways to work with youth.
  • A second adult being present and listening to youth can be useful if youth discloses something that needs to be followed up on.
  • Often adults supervising youth answer questions that come up during the day. It is not expected that the adults in the group share personally sensitive topics or something they themselves have or haven’t dealt with.
  • ‘Share the space’ – make sure youth have an opportunity to speak.


  • Dress appropriate for your time with youth. Follow the standard of your supervisor. No revealing clothing, logos promoting alcohol, tobacco or drugs are allowed.
  • Do your best to listen to youth and supervisors. You can learn a lot about how follow up questions are asked and why decisions are made.
  • There are no wrong questions to ask staff, when youth are out of hearing grange. This is your opportunity to learn as much has you can.


  • You must be 21 years of age.
  • Schedules are set a few weeks prior to beginning the program and can change on short notice.
  • Clackamas County Juvenile, 9CCJD) Online trainings must be complete within 2 weeks of start date, or prior. – Mandatory reporting, Bloodborne pathogens, Confidentiality, On-site shooter, Computer protocols, CJIS security training.
  • Attendance at all in house trainings are required. These include: RJ, CCJD overview, working with Youth in the Community. CPI if offered during internship time frame.
  • Additional opportunities to compliment your experience working with at risk youth are: Court observations, Intake and Assessment (IAC) observation, , Informational Interviews, observation of Drug Court, observing cognitive skills group – all will be scheduled by volunteer coordinator
  • Hours of volunteering will be reported to Volunteer Coordinator or the supervising CCJD staff monthly.

Learning objectives

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of supervising youth in an educational setting.
  • Learn philosophical perspectives endorsed and implemented by the Juvenile Department, such as Best Practices and Restorative Justice.
  • Assist youth in completing a project and keeping youth motivated.