Who We Are

Meet the Core Coordinators

Ilana Cohen

Team Organizer, Legal Lead

Daniel Kessler

Logistics Organizer, Technology Lead

Lara Schuman

Student-Tutor Matching Lead

Jeni Dhodary

Equity & Accessibility Lead

Polina Whitehouse

Onboarding Lead

Tali Natter

Publicity Lead

Simone Lipkind

Resource Advisor Lead

Annelisa KL

Outreach Lead (Not Pictured)

About EduMate NYC

We are seeking to support New York City public school students in this time of need by connecting them with free, virtual tutoring.

EduMate NYC was founded by a team of college students who are all proud graduates of NYC public schools. Representing the country’s largest U.S. school district, the NYC public school system is unique in its size and diversity: According to data from the city’s Department of Education, out of its more than 1.1 million students, around 819,000 or 73% are counted as “poor,” meaning that their families have qualified for free or reduced price lunch, or are eligible for Human Resources Administration (HRA) benefits. Already, this system requires an immense amount of resources to maintain.

After the spread of the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of NYC public schools for in-person learning, our team was passionate about helping out our younger peers to close any gaps left by their transition to digital learning. Not only can digital learning be incredibly difficult for students, but it can also be quite taxing on parents who are suddenly expected to help supplement their children’s education. Low-income students and their families are burdened disproportionately as a result.

For this reason, we decided to create a system of virtual volunteer tutoring for NYC public school students in grades K-12. Our tutors are volunteer college students who can provide tutoring over video services and phone calls, based on what students are able to access. We believe strongly that every K-12 student deserves the equal opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive as a member of our community.

We offer tutoring in all classic school subjects, standardized test prep, and guidance on the college application and essay-writing process. This service is open to all NYC public school students, although we will prioritize matching those who are on free and reduced price meal programs. Our tutors attend institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Northwestern, Georgetown, Vassar, Williams, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Emory, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, CUNY Hunter, CUNY Baruch, and more. Tutors will complete on boarding sessions with our team and be equipped with online resources to ensure the highest quality assistance for the students.

All K-12 NYC public school students (or, parents and teachers on these students’ behalf) can sign up to be matched with a tutor and college students can sign up to tutor on our home page. In the event that we have extra tutors available to match, we will consider matching students from outside the NYC area (again, we will prioritize those who are low-income).