Raise Your Hand

After-School Tutoring

The Raise Your Hand (RYH) Tutoring program is an education initiative that recruits volunteer tutors for students performing below the state standard.

Tutors work in the classroom after school helping teachers with first- through fourth-grade students who are struggling with reading and math. Participation is completely free for students and includes snacks and transportation home.

RYH partners with administrators and teachers at Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District to implement tutoring sessions in 13 schools. This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee. 

Volunteering with Raise Your Hand

By volunteering with RYH, you have the opportunity to help a child who reads below grade-level while adding a broad range of skills to your resume. Tutoring is extremely flexible and works around your availability. The satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped students improve their reading and math skills, and boost their confidence, is priceless.

Volunteers commit to one hour per week, assisting teachers with reading assignments and tutoring students individually or in small-group sessions. Teachers guide volunteers through the tutoring process. Therefore, no teaching experience is required, and training is provided.

Click here to submit an online application if you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor.  You are welcome to submit the application at any time of the year.

For more information, email Sonya Johnson, Education Engagement Manager or call 615.771.2312.

Summer Literacy Program

The Summer Literacy Program (SLP) is a Raise Your Hand initiative that promotes the importance of daily reading and combats the effects of summer learning loss. SLP provides access to books, story hour, fun learning activities and snacks. In 2019, program activities took place at three school library locations for kids ages 11 and under.

We appreciate Chapman’s Retreat Elementary School, Westwood Elementary School and Liberty Elementary School for hosting these activities! See photos.

2018-2019 Results

  • In partnership with Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District, RYH volunteer tutors helped 442 students from 12 elementary schools during the 2018-2019 school year. 
  • Volunteers commit to a minimum of one hour per week for up to 10 weeks. Volunteers tutor students one-on-one or in small groups, reinforcing classroom concepts so they can keep up with their peers. 96 percent of students improved in reading.
  • Classroom leadership is crucial to our program. Teachers and volunteers form a partnership to be a trusted source for listening, coaching and mentoring each child to success. 100 percent of students improved in math.