Tutoring offers chance to make difference

If you’ve ever wondered what you could do to make a difference in the world, the Tutor/Mentor program at NKU may be your answer.

Students involved the program work with “at-risk” youth from Holmes Junior High, ACE Program or Covington Housing Authority.

“One of the great reasons for participating is the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life,” according to Dr. Carol Ryan, chair of Elementary, Middle and Secondary Programs at NKU.

The basic duties include helping students, fourth-ninth grade, with reading, math and school projects. But, more importantly, the NKU student serves “as a mentor-trusted advisor, someone to talk to…discuss concerns with,” Ryan said.

Students must commit to meeting with the child one hour, once a week, Monday – Thursday.

“Students who have mentors typically stay in school, postpone early sexual activity, make better grades and avoid illegal drugs and/or alcohol,” she said.

All NKU students are eligible to participate and receive either independent study course credit or a $200 stipend for the semester.

For more information on becoming a tutor/mentor, contact Dr. Carol Ryan at (859) 572-5152 or ryanc@nku.edu.