Office for Community Involvement

Volunteer Description and Expectations

As a Yellowjacket Tutor, you will serve as a representative of MSU-B, the College of Education, and the Office for Community Involvement to the wider Billings community. As such, you will be expected to maintain strict professional and ethical standards.


Once you have been admitted to the Yellowjacket Tutor program, you will be required to pass background checks through both the College of Education and School District 2. These background checks are required before your sophomore practicum, so completing them as a Tutor will save you time and energy later on. You can find out more about the background check process here.


All Tutors will also be required to take part in a one-hour tutor training session and sign a contract detailing some basic rules and expectations (which you can read here). These both serve to prepare our Tutors to be successful volunteers and community partners.

Each tutor will be expected to sign up for a weekly or bi-weekly volunteer shift. It will be the responsibility of the tutor to fill their timeslot every week; if a volunteer misses three or more sessions without having their shift covered or excused, they will be asked to leave the program. Our community partners rely on us to be dependable, and it is up to each individual volunteer to ensure that dependability.


Tutors who successfully complete a semester of volunteering will be ensured a positive letter of recommendation from the Academic Outreach facilitator and their volunteer-site supervisor. They will also receive on-the-ground feedback from their site supervisors and ongoing tutor training.


If you have any questions about these expectations, please contact:


Lauren M. Wright, Program Manager
Office for Communtiy Involvement, SUB 222
Montana State University Billings
Phone: 406.896.5828