Information and updates about the Holyoke Tutor/Mentor Program's work

Appreciation

Appreciation
When I first started in adult ed as a tutor, the other volunteer in the class was an Amherst College student. She was there as part of a course in the English Department at Amherst . The students read, write and think about education, then see it in action as volunteers. The partnership continues, although my role has changed a bit. Now, a cou...
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What does $20,000 get you?

What does $20,000 get you?
What does $20,000 get you?CNN sent reporters into Central Park to hear answers to this question. I've been pondering this question not because I have $20,000 to spend on Hawaiian vacations or student loan payoffs (popular answers in Central Park) but because last week, with January reports starting to come in, the value of volunteer time donat...
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I love data

I love data
I love data ( you might have guessed that from my previous post) I love the way it can make a vague thing concrete and relatable. I like the challenge of setting up the right spreadsheet and formula to show something meaningful. I'll be honest, I appreciate the clear feedback and evidence of our success. So I had a lot of fun putting together ...
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New Year, New Mission Statement

New Year, New Mission Statement
Welcome to 2017! I'm excited to welcome the new year with a refresh of our mission statement.At Holyoke Tutor/Mentor we are creating a caring, connected community where everyone can learn, teach and contribute. To do this, we bring together adult learners pursuing their dreams, teachers building supportive classrooms and volunteer tutors ...
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New Tutors

New Tutors
Each year, we are fortunate to welcome back some volunteers from the previous year, and to welcome some who are new. This school year, we started with a particularly large and strong cohort of new tutors  (Almost half of our current tutors, as it turns out)ProcessFor each new tutor there's an initial flurry of inquiries, emails, questions, the...
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