Two Pali High Rising Seniors Launch a Tutoring Company that Also Gives Back to Charity
By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
First, your student receives tutoring services. Then, a donation is made to a charity of your choosing.
This is the concept behind TwoFoldTutoring, co-founded by Palisades Charter High School rising seniors and honors students Noah Zaret and Dylan Walsh, who wanted to take their personal experiences and help other students.
“At TwoFoldTutoring, our goal is to both provide an optimal learning experience while concurrently giving back to the community,” according to the TwoFoldTutoring website. “Although our tutors are high school students, they are masters of their respective subjects, earning high marks on an AP level. By working hands on with our top student tutors, you will have the opportunity to emulate their recent academic success.”
And the two wasted no time bringing their goal to fruition: Walsh and Zaret shared that they came up with the idea in late June and officially launched in early July.
“I had prior experience tutoring kids through various unofficial ventures, and I came to realize that I had what it takes to create something real,” Walsh shared. “Through my experience, I learned the best ways to ensure efficacy and provide the best possible services. Additionally, through my AP computer science principles course at Pali High this past year, Noah and I were able to easily put together our official website and hit the ground running.”
Zaret shared that he felt TwoFoldTutoring was a “great opportunity” for him to gain more business experience, in addition to giving back to the community.
“I have experience running my own business and tutoring kids, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to exercise both of my previous endeavors into something even bigger,” he explained. “Additionally, having learned from many esteemed educators over the years, I have gained a solid grasp on what works and what doesn’t. That being said, our tutors thoroughly understand the perspective of a student learner, making our services unique, original and efficient.”
Zaret and Walsh both reside in the Alphabet Streets—just a few blocks away from each other. Given that they live so close to one another, they said it was relatively easy for them to collaborate on their ideas and make TwoFoldTutoring a reality.
They have both attended local schools, including Marquez Charter Elementary, Palisades Charter Elementary and Paul Revere Charter Middle schools, and now Pali High, so they explained they felt they can share what they have learned and help many area students succeed.
TwoFoldTutoring offers services in a range of categories, including history, all levels of math, science, English, foreign language (Spanish, French and Italian) and AP prep for any course for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Zaret and Walsh then donate 25% of proceeds from each session to a charitable organization of the customer’s choosing. They shared that they were motivated to give back a portion of proceeds to charitable organizations because “there is so much adversity in the world,” they wanted to find a way to help others.
Some of TwoFoldTutoring’s favorite organizations to give back to include Feeding America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and A Place Called Home.
“We like [St. Jude’s Hospital] because they help provide medical treatment to all, regardless of race, religion or financial status,” according to the TwoFoldTutoring website. “As all our employees here are under the age of 18, we would hate to see fellow children suffer due to circumstances beyond their control.”
Each tutor part of the program has earned 4.0+ GPA throughout their time at Pali High, Walsh and Zaret explained.
“We take pride in giving back to the community in which we were raised and educated,” the two shared. “All of our tutors have strong experience at an AP level.”
When Walsh is not tutoring, his “whole life” has been absorbed by soccer.
“Most, if not every day, I play with my club soccer team, coach or, on occasion, referee with AYSO,” he shared.
Zaret spends the majority of his time playing tennis, basketball and reselling sneakers through his shoe company. He plays on the varsity tennis team at Pali High and aspires to play on the school basketball team this year as well.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit twofoldtutoring.wixsite.com/website.
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