Our Impact on Children's Literacy


In the 2012-2013 school year GBJCL engaged nearly 400 volunteers serving over 600 students.  These dedicated community members generously donated approximately 9,000 hours of service to our partner schools.

Teachers, school administrators and our tutors all report significant student progress over the course of a year of tutoring. Research shows that the most important outcome of tutoring partnerships is the relationships formed between students and a caring adult. As a result, students strengthen their motivation, progress in their studies, renew self-confidence, and participate more in class. (http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/practices/17614).

Perhaps the greatest proof of GBJCL's effectiveness is that each of our partner schools asks us to keep coming back. For over 15 years our school partners have invested time, energy, and space to host our volunteers.

Here’s what teachers are saying about our program:

We LOVE our volunteers.  They provided much need support to our students, particularly those that struggle or need a bit more attention.
Anonymous Literacy Specialist

It is incredibly beneficial to have students given individual, targeted assistance!  Some of the students who were tutored have no English-speaking assistance at home, making the time even more beneficial.
Nancy Hedrick Devine, John F Kennedy School

The opportunity for a struggling student to receive 1:1 time is invaluable.
Danielle Winn, 4th grade teacher, Arnone School

(The above quotes are from a survey given to teachers and school partners in the spring of 2012 who had GBJCL tutors working with their students in the 2011- 12 academic year)