Spotlight on Tutoring
Only in its second year, a new tutoring program within the Chicago Public School system is already getting some great press. The program, run by an organization called America’s Choice, pairs ninth graders at six Chicago high schools with first graders at neighboring elementary schools. It was primarily designed to help the literacy levels of the participating high school freshman, who on average, tested out at fifth grade reading levels last year.
Already in place at other school districts throughout the nation, the program has shown that its students who are involved in the tutoring program can increase their reading level by up to two grade levels in a year. Great news to offset our often depressing news, eh?
As far as tutoring goes, there are plenty of volunteer tutoring opportunities throughout the city for anyone interested in helping out. Like 826CHI in Wicker Park, a non-profit tutoring and writing center for kids. This organization and its storefront, The Boring Store, depend on volunteers to help keep their services free. Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a residential home for children, can always use volunteers to help tutor their kids. Chicago Professionals for Youth has a great Literacy Tutoring program set up for those volunteers without too much extra time. Or, visit the Tutor/Mentor Connection to find a program that works for you.
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