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CAPS (Community Advocates for Parents and Students) Academic Enhancement Program

Community Advocates for Parents and Students (CAPS) is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization that provides tutoring opportunities to KPS students from kindergarten to adult.  The program, developed in response to the Kalamazoo Promise, meets at Interfaith Homes on the city’s north side, where it is open to resident children on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, and on Saturday mornings. The program, which attracts about 45 children a week, features a structured but fun environment with relationship-based homework help, literacy and math support, and information about getting into colleges. Over 20 “K” students serve as volunteers, through federal work-study, and in service-learning courses, working alongside community volunteers and Western Michigan University students.


Each quarter, all students must attend a mandatory orientation/training session, complete appropriate paperwork, and attend mandatory reflection sessions throughout the term.

Location: Interfaith Homes, 1037 Interfaith Blvd, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Program Times: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Position: Tutor (volunteer and federal work study positions available)

Contact: Elizabeth Zacatelco and Michelle Murray