Give Back with the After School Tutoring Program

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by
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For the last few months, I’ve been sharing some of my time helping students as a tutor in the After School Tutoring program. As one of many volunteers, I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact it can have on students. By taking part in this program, students, who are interested in becoming more proficient in reading and math, are often able to reach or exceed grade level competencies.

Run by Grace United Community Ministries in Kansas City, Missouri, this worthwhile program is available to students grades K-8. Approximately 80 to 90 kids attend four days per week. They can come Monday through Thursday from 3:50 to 5:45 PM.

A retired district reading specialist coordinates the curriculum and has been involved with the program for over ten years. Students who participate are first tested to determine their reading grade level and math proficiency. Then, each student begins working with an adult tutor in a structured environment. Typically, there are three students in each session.

The proven program focuses on increasing students’ skills in reading (fluency, word recognition and comprehension) and basic math (add, subtract, multiply and divide), along with cultivating a desire to learn. In addition, the students receive help with homework, develop online learning skills and participate in small group activities. The one-on-one experience is beneficial to the students and in some ways, even more impactful for the tutors, as we are able to watch them grow in their abilities.

If you’d like to give back to this organization by offering support or your time, please contact:

Lori Theus, GUCM Program Director
Phone: (816) 231-5745
GUCM email:

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Howard Spencer, Tutoring Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (816) 231-5745
GUCM email:

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