Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions. For more information, contact us.

Economically disadvantaged students in grades 7-12 in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties are eligible to participate.

Students ages 13-18 are eligible for our online tutoring program. Students of all ages are welcome to attend our in-person events and motivational programs.

If your child is selected to participate in our programs, there is no cost for online peer tutoring (general homework help) for elementary and middle school aged students. High school aged students requiring specialized services from professional tutors, such as assistance with college or scholarship applications may require an affordable fee payable per session. The amount of this fee may vary depending on the economic circumstances of the family.

It is based on the income and interest level of the parent or guardian, as well as a personal interview with the student.

Since tutoring is conducted online, students need access to a device with a video camera and a reliable internet connection. Students do not need to speak English perfectly to communicate with tutors, but they should have some fluency. Parents/guardians need to make good faith efforts to help children log on for their tutoring appointments in a timely fashion. Students need to comport themselves in a respectful manner when interacting with peer tutors, teachers, or mentors.

Awareness USA’s goal is to help students graduate from high school and prepare them for college or vocational training, as well as successfully realize their goals as adults, so we want students to remain in the program for as long as they need to be able to finish assignments independently and significantly improve their grades in any academic subjects. We want students to want to be part of the Awareness USA community, work hard to improve their skills, and eventually become peer tutors for others.

We treat students as whole people. Students who regularly participate in our academic programs are eligible for one-on-one mentoring with individuals from the professional community within our network of partners. Periodically we also provide confidence-building and positive motivational classes and soft-skill seminars on Zoom presented by varied, accomplished motivational speakers. When it is safe to do so, we will resume periodic in-person gatherings of all the students and families so they may bond, support, and network with each other.

Volunteer! At Awareness USA, we believe in the importance of “paying it forward.” Every person should give back to their community in some way. Volunteering helps students and their families to be invested in and connect with their communities. Awareness USA partners with other independent agencies to set up periodic volunteering opportunities.

Awareness USA also offers motivational talks, stress reduction seminars, and “Joy of Life” workshops, which are open to the public. (Registration may be required). However, The hosting parties of these events will set the entry and as such, not all events will be made available for the general public. Contact us to find out how to participate.


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