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Intern Gracie Brumsickle hands popsicle to child

Neighborhood Field Day is step forward for DCTMI

We had a pretty good turn out June 24th at our DCTMI Neighborhood Field Day at Meridian Hill Park. We gathered around 30 people to our event and signed up 10 volunteers to be tutors or mentors. We are thankful the rain cleared up in time for our event. The rain would have put a damper on our recruiting efforts, pun intended. Although the event didn’t plan out as scheduled, everyone had a great time playing…
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The Power of Mentoring

The Power of Mentoring: From D.C.’s Dunbar High School to Georgetown’s Business School Emma Brown recently wrote an article in The Washington Post about a student who rose from poverty in DC to a successful graduate of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. When being interviewed about his success, he spoke of the impact that two important mentors in his life had on him while at Georgetown and how important mentors are for non-academic support for…
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Tutor works with student at Northstar Tutoring (photo curtesy of Northstar Tutoring)

My Cinderella Night: Reflections on College Nights and the Future of DCTMI

DCTMI and Student Education and Leadership Fund (SELF) hosted two College Nights, at Washington Leadership Academy on May 4th and Dunbar High School on May 5th. College Nights were formed in an effort to bring volunteers and students together. We had two main goals. First, our recruited volunteers had been having difficulties following through the whole volunteering process, whether it was background checks, training sessions, or answering our emails. College Nights would serve as short…
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Just Call Me Paul

“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained” – Shawn Hitchcock If it wasn’t for Paul, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I currently am having now. I am wrestling for one of the most successful college programs in Division 3 and doing an internship in Washington D.C., where I am gaining first-hand experience in what it means to be a young professional. The impact Paul has…
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Let’s Walk to Lower Blood Pressure and Build Bridges

The DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative is making steady progress in recruiting new volunteers and creating a public campaign to get a tutor or mentor for each of the 60,000+ students reading below grade level or with other academic or non-academic needs. However, progress is slower than we would like and we are committed to trying new approaches with the goal of making a greater impact. We believe that the sense of self-efficacy, teamwork and…
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