News & Updates

Date Published: October 26, 2016

The Center for Adolescent Literacies and United Way of Central Carolinas are hosting a Tutoring 101 training for Project 1,000 and other tutors working with children in Charlotte and surrounding areas. This literacy tutor training will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills needed to build an effective relationship with a child you tutor. All volunteers will receive 6 NEW books to give to their student. The training is free but requires registration. 

Location:  United Way of Central Carolinas.  Free parking located in lot behind the building - enter the parking lot from Caldwell St.

Pizza will be provided for dinner.







Date Published: October 26, 2016

It’s Fall and the new school year is underway. Kids and teachers are hard at work in the classroom. Outside the classroom, it’s a time of year when many tutors are beginning to work with new students (learners). The first meeting or two between a tutor and learner are important–they set the tone and direction for the work they’ll do together throughout the year. This three-part series of blog posts in the ReadWriteServe Tutor blog offer some suggestions that can help tutors get the tutoring year off to a good start.


Date Published: June 14, 2014

The next ReadWriteServe Tutoring 101 session is scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the United Way of Central Carolinas. The training will be led by Dr. Bruce Taylor and will cover the fundmentals of tutoring including:

  • Overview of Tutoring
  • Meeting the Learner
  • Setting Expectations
  • Evaluating Needs
  • Planning Tutoring Sessions

Tutoring 101 trainings are for Project 1,000 tutors and community volunteers who work with children who need help with reading. For more information about ReadWriteServe contact Dr. Bruce Taylor. For information about United Way's Project 1,000 contact Sarah Degnan.

Date Published: May 2, 2014

Dr. Medina

Dr. Adriana Medina shared research and strategies with tutors in a workshop hosted by United Way of Central Carolinas and the Center for Adolescent Literacies. The workshop--Tutoring 201 Working with ELL Students--was held Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the United Way offices in uptown Charlotte. 

Dr. Medina, an Associate Professor in the Department of Reading & Elementary Education at UNC Charlotte, provided information about the challenges English language learners face. One of the issues she addressed is the challenge of learning not only social aspects of English (casual, conversational English) but also the more challenging academic vocabularies vital to success in schools. 

Materials from Dr. Medina's presentation are available at the Tutor Training link of this website. The RWS Tutor Handbook contains several of the strategies shared by Dr. Medina. 



Date Published: April 29, 2014

On Thursday, May 1 from 5:30-8:00 p.m., United Way, in partnership with UNC Charlotte’s Center for Adolescent Literacies, will offer a training session for volunteers focused on helping children whose first language isn’t English build their reading skills. Dr. Adriana Medina, an Associate Professor in the Department of Reading & Elementary Education at UNC Charlotte will lead the session. This is the second workshop offered in our Tutor Training 201, which provides more in-depth instruction and guidance for volunteers working one-on-one with students. For more information and to register, follow this link. 

Date Published: March 21, 2014

Dr. Paola Pilonieta of the Department of Reading & Elementary Education led a workshop for Project 1,000 tutors, mentors and readers at the United Way of Central Carolinas on March 19, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The session—Phonics & Fluency—was the first in a series of Tutoring 201 workshops developed by the Center for Adolescent Literacies to support the Project 1,000 initiative to recruit, train and support 1,000 tutors, mentors and readers in the greater Charlotte region. The Center has conducted several Tutoring 101 introductory tutoring workshops over the past year reaching more than 275 volunteers. Dr. Pilonieta provided the 21 tutors at the Phonics & Fluency workshop with strategies to help students who struggle with decoding and fluency.

St Peters
Date Published: January 22, 2014

Tutors from St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte have been working with students at Druid Hills Academy, a Pre-K through grade 8 school in CMS, since September, 2013. The program is seeing success!

Phoebe Levine, a volunteer with St. Peter, said that 18 tutors meeting twice a week with 9 second grade students since the last week in September.

“I am happy to report that 4 or our 9 students have jumped two levels in their reading progress since September,” Levine shared. “We will continue our weekly tutoring through April 2014.”

Tutors from St. Peter Catholic Church attended a ReadWriteServe Tutoring 101 workshop as part of their preparation for working with the students at Druid Hills.

Giving Green Volunteers
Date Published: January 22, 2014

UNC Charlotte faculty and staff will have an opportunity to join with the United Way of Central Carolinas and become a tutor, mentor or reader for Project 1,000.

Faculty and staff are invited to join Chancellor Philip L. Dubois and the Giving Green Team for a dessert reception on Wednesday, January 29 in Cone 210 for the Giving Green Volunteer Launch.

Learn more about the University’s partnership with nearby Governor’s Village Schools: Nathanial Alexander Elementary, Morehead STEM Academy, James Martin Middle and Vance High.

Hear about this initiative, additional volunteer opportunities and how YOU can make a difference in our community. Great prizes will be raffled to those attending and even better prizes for volunteers who sign up at the launch!

RSVP by January 27