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Bearcat Buddies

Bearcat Buddies is a signature program of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), in partnership with GRAD Cincinnati, the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati and Cincinnati Public Schools.

If you are interested in being a volunteer tutor and helping Cincinnati Public Schools' students achieve academic success, you should consider becoming a Bearcat Buddy. It's a powerful way to give back, and provides a meaningful experience for you and the students you serve. It's also a great addition to any resume, and includes the potential for leadership positions. Above all, it's a fun way to make a positive impact on your community!

Bearcat Buddies work with students in Kindergarten - 12th grades, for about an hour a week during the school day (tutoring sessions range from 8:15a - 3:45p, Monday - Friday). You can find Bearcat Buddies in six Cincinnati Public Schools:

  • Rees E. Price Academy
  • Roll Hill Academy
  • Ethel M. Taylor Academy 
  • Hays-Porter School
  • Western Hills University High School
  • Taft Information Technology High School

We make it easy for you to get involved. The CCE supports Bearcat Buddies by:

  • Providing transportation to schools where the tutoring takes place.
  • Arranging on-campus or on-site tutor training.
  • Handling the required background checks.
  • Providing ongoing support throughout the year.

Bearcat Buddies also offers Saturday tutoring opportunities in April. The focus of these "Super Saturdays" will be to get local students ready for standardized testing in May. Help give students the knowledge and confidence to achieve thier best results in and out of the classroom.

Registration Information for Prospective Tutors: Applications are taken each semester. Preference is given to tutors who have volunteered with Bearcat Buddies in previous terms. Keep an eye on this page, and for application information.

Email, or contact the Center for Community Engagement for more information.
Tutoring Brings Smiles

Tutoring brings smiles.

Bearcat Buddies Training

On-site, small group tutor training.


Academic mentoring at its best!


Tutors are positive role modes.