CPS Volunteer Tutoring Program

Become a Tutor. Change a life.

Cincinnati Public Schools is making strong academic strides throughout the district, but your help is needed to continue academic progress and give additional support to ensure success.

In Cincinnati, we know the strength of our community comes from our people.  We’re attracting top talent, working to stay on the cutting edge of innovation, and giving back generously in dollars and in time. But, the strength of our community rests also on our children – too many of whom struggle with fundamental skills in such areas as reading and math.

"Volunteers are special people who take time out to help. Life would not be so exciting without you!"

— Kemaree Jones, 2nd Grade
Bond Hill Academy

A child who cannot read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate than a child who can. If this same child lives in poverty, the child is 13 times less likely to graduate than a proficient, wealthier peer.

By becoming a tutor and spending 45 minutes to one hour each week at a school, you can provide individual help to a student outside the traditional classroom setting, reinforcing basic concepts and taking the time to explain complex lessons. You also have the option to pair with a friend, family member or co-worker to rotate weeks with the same student.

Tutoring benefits include:

  • Student achievement will increase.
  • Student self-esteem will be enhanced.
  • Enrichment activities will broaden student experiences.
  • Student motivation for learning will increase.
  • Appropriate student behavior will be modeled and reinforced.
  • Tutors will develop appreciation for the educational process.

Cincinnati Public Schools currently partners with many volunteer tutor programs and initiatives throughout Greater Cincinnati. Listed below are some partnership that have been in place for many years. 

Be the Change is a coordinated, communitywide volunteer tutor-recruitment initiative focused on achieving measureable results in student achievement for high-need CPS elementary schools.  It’s a collaborative effort with Cincinnati Public Schools, the Strive Partnership, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and more than 30 corporate partners and several hundred community volunteers. Be the Change’s mission is to improve outcomes in students’ performance by recruiting caring volunteers to support classroom learning through tutoring. To date, about 600 corporate and individual tutors have been recruited through Be the Change.

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) offers adults opportunities to serve as volunteers and mentors in the following CYC programs to make a difference in the lives of at-risk students.

  • One-to-one Mentoring: Matches an adult mentor with a student in grades 2–12. This is a one-year commitment with one hour weekly contact with your student.
  • Group Mentoring: This program offers exceptional flexibility.  A team of mentors shares the responsibility of meeting with a group of students after school on a regular basis.
  • Tutoring: Each tutors meet with a student regularly in the school to improve academics in one or more subject areas.

BEARCAT BUDDIES is a signature program of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), in partnership with GRAD Cincinnati, the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati and Cincinnati Public Schools. Bearcat Buddies work with students in grades K-12, for about an hour a week during the school day. Tutoring sessions range from 8:15 a.m.– 3:45 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Bearcat Buddies are in six Cincinnati Public Schools.

  • Rees E. Price Academy
  • Roll Hill Academy
  • Ethel M. Taylor Academy
  • Hays-Porter School
  • Western Hills University High School
  • Taft Information Technology High School

Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati connects volunteers to enjoyable, convenient and immensely rewarding opportunities. The impact that a little of your time can make in one child’s  life is amazing. The Literacy Network recruits, screens, trains, recognizes and evaluates volunteers who serve as reading tutors for grades K-4 within CPS. Tutors are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 30 minutes per week. Potential volunteers are recruited through collaborations with businesses, churches, universities and individuals. Since 2011, the Literacy Network has placed and trained 700 tutors in 34 schools.

SEEDS is a Procter & Gamble Company-sponsored organization that provides opportunities for P&G employees to connect with students in a variety of ways to help them learn, explore and grow. Many people have the passion and ability to help their communities, but lack access to easy and convenient ways to do so. SEEDS believes that providing opportunities and recruiting a lot of people to help out just a little will make huge differences in the lives of children. SEEDS currently collaborates with three Cincinnati Public Schools:  Dater High School, Oyler School and Shroder High School.

GE Aviation is a true partnership between students and dedicated adults who bring self-discipline, enthusiasm and positive attitudes to help students realize that someone cares about their personal and academic goals. The weekly tutoring program has expanded over the years to include all 4th- and 5th-graders at Evanston Academy being matched with tutors. The tutors work with students to enhance their skills in reading, mathematics and writing.

Xavier University provides homework help, tutoring assistance and occupational therapy activities throughout the district to students in grades K-8. Services vary at each school and are offered during the school day and after school.

Become a Volunteer Tutor