“Difference Makers” Wanted!

Tutors-Gift-of-TimeBoys & Girls Clubs of Porter County invites GREAT people to serve as volunteer tutors in the Link & Learn program at our Clubs in Valparaiso, South Haven, Portage, and Chesterton. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with Club members in 45-minute sessions over the course of a school semester to help strengthen their skills in math and literacy.

Link & Learn tutoring sessions are held at the Club one to three times per week with the same tutor-Club member pair. This consistency builds a sense of trust, leading to a greater likelihood of academic success. “Our staff and volunteers are very dedicated to ensuring our Club members are successful in school. This dedication truly shines through when you see a connection between a Club member and their tutor and, of course, when you see a child’s attitude toward school and homework change in a positive manner. We are very thankful for the time individuals give to our Club members through tutoring sessions,” states Ryan Smiley, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County.

A recent Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth Outcomes Initiative (NYOI) survey revealed that 87% of youth belonging to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County expect to attend college (BGCA NYOI: 5/15/2014). Today’s academic climate is more challenging than ever and youth often need extra-curricular support to achieve academic standards and reach their goals.

Volunteer tutors are an essential part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Link & Learn and Indiana Kids educational programs. Tutors and mentors helped over 2,100 of our Club members improve their reading ability by an average of 2.2 grade levels and their math ability by 1.7 grade levels.

All volunteer tutors are required to successfully pass a thorough background screening. To learn how you can make a difference or to apply to become a tutor, visit bgcpoco.org or call your local Club.

Valparaiso: 219-462-2182
South Haven: 219-759-2565
Forrest L. “Dusty” Rhode Portage: 219-762-4613
Duneland (Chesterton): 219-926-9770

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County has been opening doors to GREAT FUTURES for Porter County’s youth since 1971. Clubs are open after school and provide a great place for youth in grades K-12 to meet friends and have fun while in a safe, supervised environment. Clubs are also open during holidays and in the summer. Annual membership is only $35.00. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

For information on membership, volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax deductible donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, please contact your local Club, call (219) 464-7282 or visit www.bgcpoco.org. Great Futures Start HERE.