By Jano Tantongco
Though 16-year-old Noah Helburn is new to Huntington, he’s already on his way to help the community through his new initiative called “Tutoring For A Cause.”
“When I moved down here, I wanted to give back to the community because I was knew and I wanted to make some kind of imprint on the community,” Helburn said.
The service charges a suggested $20 per hour, all of which will go to Toys of Hope, a Long Island-based nonprofit which provides goods and services to underprivileged children.
Helburn is a junior at Huntington High School whose family has recently moved from northern Westchester. Through his program, he aims to tutor children grades 3-8 at local schools like Finley Middle School. Before the end of his junior year, his target is to raise more than $1,000 for the charity.
While in Westchester, he tutored at the local middle school for one hour a week for kids in 6-8 grade. He also was a camp counselor at a day camp this past summer in Connecticut, where he worked with 8 and 9 year olds.
“I thought it was really fun working with kids, so I thought a great way to give back was to do community service in a way that I could help children get a better education, help them with homework, organization, projects, whatever it may be.”
Though there is a suggested donation, Helburn said he is flexible to accommodate those who can’t afford tutoring. His “main goal,” he said, is to help out the community.
“I’m really excited to start preparing to do this and hopefully a lot of good experience will come out for the kids,” he said.
The idea began taking shape in mid-September, and now, Helburn is looking for some of his first clients. He expects to have some learners lined up by Thanksgiving. If all goes well, he hopes to continue the program into his senior year, and potentially even beyond.
Those interested can email Tutoringforagoodcause@gmail.com or call 631-424-3503.