Did you know that children spend 20% of their time in the classroom and 80% outside of the classroom? During that 80%, what are the children in our community doing? United Way realizes that afterschool programs, tutoring programs, and mentoring programs have a direct impact on increasing academic achievement for children. That's why, as part of its Collective Impact pilot initiative in children and youth/education, United Way has set a goal of recruiting and training 1,000 volunteers to serve as tutors, readers, and mentors in select United Way funded agencies.
Volunteers can commit as little as an hour a week to reading, tutoring, or mentoring a child – or they can get involved at an even higher level. Volunteers are needed now for the agencies involved in the pilot project. In partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, volunteer training sessions will prepare all 1,000 volunteers.
Public Service Announcement
How Project 1,000 is Changing Lives
UNC Charlotte Center for Adolescent Literacy
Blog spot on literacy tutoring resources and support
This note was written by Deandrea, a 5th grader at Barringer Academic Center. Deandrea has a strong connection with her lunch buddy Ms. Sara. Every week Ms. Sara comes in to have lunch.
Additionally, she has begun attending weekly lunch groups with Nia, other classmates and Ms. Beth. When Deandrea was asked if she would like to write a note or draw a picture for Ms. Sara to say thank you for being her lunch buddy, she wrote this beautiful poem. The poem speaks volumes and allows us to get a glimpse of what an impact a volunteer can have.
"Roses are red violets are blue, I'm so happy you volunteer I'm happy that I get to spend time with you
and all the time we had that was great and just to let you know I luv you too
I'm so thankful for the food you bring, but I'm most thankful for having you here but also to call you my friend."