The CLASE Tutoring and Mentoring program is a two-day-a-week after school enrichment program targeting third- to fifth-grade English learners at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School in Athens, Georgia. The program mobilizes volunteer tutors and mentors from The University of Georgia to work with kids to build their motivation and confidence as well as their academic achievement. Our undergraduate and graduate volunteers act as role models while at the same time gaining valuable, real-world experience working with kids.
This program is made possible through the partnership between Dr. Pedro Portes, executive director of the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, and Dr. Scarlett Dunne, principal of Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School.
Mentoring and tutoring builds bridges between University students and the Athens community. Tutors give their time and knowledge to Latino and English language-learning children, and in return they receive a personal knowledge and understanding about the Athens Latino community. In their mentoring role, tutors help serve as a role model for the children, offering them a window into the possibilities engendered by education and making a significant impact on their lives.
Generally, tutors help students understand and complete homework, help with reading skills, especially for elementary children, and also have the opportunity to do learning games with the students. In some cases, tutors work with students individually, in other cases, in small groups.
The most eye-opening and rewarding of all my experiences this semester.— UGA mentor
Being a part of this community, and seeing what positive things go on has really opened my eyes and taught me many things.— UGA mentor