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Help a child learn to read in just 30 minutes, once a week.

Mile High United Way believes all children should be ready for school and reading at or beyond grade level by the end of third grade. TutorMate is a collaboration of the School Partners Program and the Chicago-based nonprofit Innovations for Learning that allows corporate volunteers to promote literacy without ever leaving the office. 

Tutors connect with students using a telephone and an innovative shared-screen online tutoring program. Students and tutors read stories and play activities that encourage fluency, comprehension, phonics and spelling skills. Each tutor works with the same student throughout the school year, allowing DPS students individualized support, instruction and encouragement while developing crucial literacy skills. 

Some facts about TutorMate:

  • The program is currently operating in  10 DPS elementary schools
  • During the 2014-15 school year, 16 organizations volunteered with 23 TutorMate classrooms: Anschutz Corporation, Ball Corporation, CBRE, Chrysler, City and County of Denver, DPS Headquarters, Hogan Lovells, Janus Capital, JP Morgan Chase, Society for Petroleum Engineers, SunGard, Ricoh USA, Ring Central, Western Union and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell 
  • Tutors complete a simple 60-minute online training
  • Tutors choose a 30-minute tutoring time each week, giving them the flexibility to pick a day and time that works with their schedule
  • Easy-to-use software walks you through each session, and ongoing support is provided

What are the results? 

TutorMate students show increased self-confidence and communications skills in addition to improved fluency, comprehension and word knowledge. A comprehensive evaluation of the program and its ability to increase proficiency rates is currently underway. 

To read more about TutorMate, and other initiatives of the School Partners Program, please follow our School Partners blog