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Tutoring Makes an Impact for the Learner and Teacher

It is August and as children head back to school, it is important to remember that every child learns at a different speed.  Returning to school and working through reading assignments, math problems, history projects and more can take a little extra effort for some children.  This is the reason that tutoring programs are helpful and instrumental in creating lasting success for many school-aged children.  In talking with a tutor who volunteers her time with the King Kennedy Community Center, it was interesting to hear how the experience of being a tutor impacts the child learning as well as the tutor who is providing the needed assistance.  See Jenna's story below:

When I walked into my first year of college, I had no idea the most impactful thing would be my position as a tutor. Over the past four years, I have traveled to the King Kennedy Community Center after class to be with children in the Ravenna community and empower them through education.  When I first came in, I was made aware these children were falling behind many others. None of these children knew who I was and what I would be doing. Most of them probably thought I’d be just another volunteer that came and went for the day. However, over the past four years I have grown such a bond with each of these children. I have seen them succeed in ways I thought were unimaginable. These children have transformed right before my eyes—physically, mentally and behaviorally. Nothing will ever compare to a child telling me I’m the reason they’re making it through school. None of this would be possible without the King Kennedy Community Center. The center provides a safe community, empowers children to succeed in their education and transforms lives. I know it did for mine.

Jenna L., America Reads Tutor at the King Kennedy Community Center

To learn more about the King Kennedy Community Center and its programming, visit or check them out on Facebook at @KingKennedyCommunityCenter.