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Bearcat Buddies is a volunteer tutoring program that connects UC students with children in high-poverty Cincinnati Public schools for weekly tutoring sessions. Bearcat Buddies was piloted in the spring academic quarter of 2010. The pilot program served four schools, and included roughly 70 UC student volunteer tutors. The pilot program began expansion in the fall academic quarter of 2010, and has seen steady and significant growth—now serving six schools with approximately 350 UC student volunteer tutors each semester.
Bearcat Buddies is a volunteer tutoring program that connects UC students with children in high-poverty Cincinnati Public schools for weekly tutoring sessions. Bearcat Buddies was piloted in the spring academic quarter of 2010. The pilot program served four schools, and included roughly 70 UC student volunteer tutors. The pilot program began expansion in the fall academic quarter of 2010, and has seen steady and significant growth—now serving six schools with approximately 350 UC student volunteer tutors each semester.

The program’s impact on students and the community is amplified through collaboration with academic partners including the College of Allied Health Sciences and individual professors of English and Education, as well as other campus partners including the Cincinnatus Scholarship, Darwin T. Turner Program, and Choose Ohio First Scholars. The program is enhanced by continued collaborative success with our lead partner, GRAD Cincinnati who has since become a United Way Agency Partner. Other key community partners are The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Public Schools.

By the Numbers:
• 526 UC students served as tutors during the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.
• Percent of Bearcat Buddies children with a 90% school attendance rate:
o 2013: 69%
o 2014: 73%
o 2015: 87%
• Percent of children showing at least one year of growth on reading scores (OAA)*
o 2013: 47%
o 2014: 57%
• Percent of children showing at least one year of growth on math scores (OAA)*
o 2013: 55%
o 2014: 72% *State test changes in 2015 make comparable data unavailable.
• Bearcat Buddies make up 10.5% of all volunteer tutors in Cincinnati Public Schools.
• Bearcat Buddies is one of the top two programs providing the most volunteer tutors to Cincinnati Public Schools

Partner's information
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http://cech.uc.edu/programs/special_education/getting-involved/student-organizations.html


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