We Are Changing the World. Join Us!
Martin Luther King Day – Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
Walk. Reflect. Give Voice to Your Vision. Act. Serve.
Create a world of love and wisdom, compassion and justice
The goals of the DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative are simple: We are recruiting a tutor or mentor for the more than 60,000 students reading below grade level or who need extra academic or non-academic support in the District of Columbia. Add in extra classroom and after-school help or extra mentoring or support for family members and we will transform educational outcomes in the city, develop our workforce, end intergenerational poverty, and create a vibrant, welcoming and safe city for all people where we work together across divisions of class, race and ideology.
This campaign will transform both education AND the civic life of the city — and serve as a model for the nation.
Practical educational and civic transformation now!
Sign up now to walk from locations around the city. Then canvass at the MLK Memorial, in front of stores and at Metro stops around the city and suburbs to sign up people to become tutors and mentors, to educate, or get them involved in other ways. We keep it positive but not passive. Appropriately assertive, but not aggressive
We remind people that we are all in this world together. We are on the same team and we have a responsibility for our community and for our world. If we don’t do it, it won’t get done and we’ll all lose. We need to put down our smart phones and organize our lives so we have the time to work together and get to know each other face-to-face and with our hearts.
We are planting the seeds of change. If the people we talk to feel too busy, are too distrustful, or seem indifferent, let them go and genuinely thank them for taking the time to listen. Remember that what you say may soak into their hearts later or perhaps they had some traumatic experiences when they were younger that leave them scared and unable to connect with people. we give them the benefit of the doubt.
Here’s what we say. Change it to make it work for you…
“Only 1 out of 4 kids are reading at grade level in DC.
“We are working with 40 partner organizations and schools around the city to find them volunteers. Any day of the week or time of day, we’ve got partners who need your help, whether its tutoring in reading or math, helping with a sports or arts program, or being a big brother or sister.”