LOS ANGELES – Nearly every single student in California’s largest school district now has a laptop for online learning, according to LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. During his weekly address, Beutner said 98 percent of kids have a device to log onto online classes. 

Tristen isn’t one of them. The 9-year-old student is still using his mom’s iPhone to connect to do his school work, but he’s benefiting from a volunteer program to help kids like him learn in quarantine. 

The program from non-profit Speak Up Parents has already connected about a hundred students like Tristen with volunteers like Simone Wallace, who is happy to be of service while she’s in quarantine. 

“I just feel really good about my performance with him and I’m really happy I can use some skills I haven’t used for a long time,” Wallace said. 

The program is recruiting graduate students from local universities to rapidly expand the tutoring. 

To learn more or connect your child with a tutor, visit speakupparents.org.