Since its inception 12 years ago, the USF Tutor-a-Bull program has had a positive impact on more than 5,000 middle school students by providing thousands of hours of individualized instruction at Title 1 schools throughout Hillsborough County. This year, there were 24 USF student tutors in the fall semester and 14 tutors who served in the spring semester. Collectively, the tutors have helped meet the individual needs of more than 500 students who were identified as needing additional academic and social support.
As K–12 schools remain closed and faculty and staff on USF's campuses are working remote due to COVID-19, Tutor-a-Bull tutors continue to serve the learning needs of students throughout Hillsborough County schools by providing free virtual tutoring and mentorship through a partnership with Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association (THJCA) and the Skills Center. THJCA and the Skills Center both provide services to the children mostly after school, picking them up, feeding them, checking on homework and acting as a liaison between the families and schools.
As the children moved into virtual learning, THJCA worried that learning would drop off since no one is able to check on them individually each day as they have typically done. Our tutors are doing virtual hour-long mentorship and tutoring sessions for the children so that someone is checking in on them to hold them accountable and ensure that learning does not drop off. Tutor-a-Bull tutors are working with and mentoring these students, and we have had more community partners seeking assistance as well.
Tutor-a-Bull is supported by donations from individuals and organizations, many of which have supported the program since its inception. USF students participating in the Tutor-a-Bull program receive an hourly wage for their services and expertise, while also gaining valuable teaching experience that will benefit them in their future careers as educators.
With your gift of any size, we can continue to offer the Tutor-a-Bull program to vulnerable populations of students, ensuring they have the one-on-one support they need to continue their education during COVID-19. Your gift also ensures our students continue to earn income by serving as tutors in the program, making it possible for them to navigate the financial challenges associated with pursuing their college degrees.
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