A Dayton-area high school student has been busy helping students with their studies across the world, and is extending a helping hand to local students, too.
Tutoring4All — a nonprofit organization owned and run by students, for students — is a free, virtual tutoring resource and nonprofit organization for students across the world. John Wang, a junior at Beavercreek High School, is a chief administrator and chief marketing officer in the organization.
Wang discovered the online platform in early 2020 when he was looking for helpful resources while preparing for advanced-placement tests for college applications.
“I joined and found that they’re very helpful,” Wang said. “And then I applied to be one of their tutors, and then I found it very enjoyable. I felt like this could be a big thing, like tons of high school students could use this platform to better their education.”
When Wang joined last year, the nonprofit had three student tutors and about 100 students using the service. Since Wang has been working as the group’s chief marketing and advertising officer, the organization now has a few dozen tutors, and more than 2,000 students using the service in more than 50 countries.
“I just really enjoy teaching,” Wang said. “I just get this feeling of gratitude.”
Wang’s family, originally from China, moved around often before coming to the Dayton area from Boston about 10 years ago. A big part of the nonprofit’s focus is to help international and immigrant students such as Wang overcome learning barriers.
“Our dream is to eliminate the correlation between academic performance and wealth, one student at a time,” the Tutoring4All website says.
“The initial reason why Tutoring4All was launched is because of the difficulty that we as immigrant students and international students know what it’s like to study in the U.S.,” Wang said. “There’s (a) language barrier, so our initial goal was to help everyone.”
The nonprofit now has tutors in several countries, including Turkey, Ghana and Kazakhstan, among others. When students join the Tutoring4All server, they let the team know what kind of help they need, and in what language they learn best.
According to Wang, those students will be matched with an appropriate tutor within 10 minutes.
As the COVID-19 pandemic kept many students at home, Wang said his organization’s service became all the more helpful. The organization regularly receives emails from students after they used the service to thank the tutors for their help while learning at home, Wang said.
There currently are no local students using Tutoring4All. However, Wang said he hopes to spread the word about the free resource to his Dayton-area peers.
“The knowledge of creating an impact is what motivates me,” Wang said.
Though he’s not yet certain what field he wants to pursue after high school, Wang said his involvement with Tutoring4All has prompted an interest in education.
To learn more about the organization or to get involved in its services, visit its website at tutoring4all.org or visit the organization’s Instagram page.