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Center for Community Engagement

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 will also be offering 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.

2010 - 2012 Impact 

2011 - 2012 Academic Year

  • 400 tutors served 6,672 hours in 4 Cincinnati Public Schools.
  • Cincinnati Public Schools students recieved more than 3,958 tutoring sessions.

2010 - 2011 Academic Year

  • 215 tutors served over 4,941 hours in 4 Cincinnati Public Schools.
  • 353 Cincinnati Public Schools students recieved more than 2,403 tutoring sessions.

2012 - 2013 data will be posted soon!

Volunteer Impressions 

When over 100 volunteers were surveyed:

  • 92.4% agreed they made a positive impact on the student(s) they tutored (54.3% strongly agreed)
  • 88.6% agreed they feel more informed about the needs of young people and families in their community. (56.2% strongly agreed)
  • 92.4% agreed they made a positive impact on their community (46.7% agreed, 45.7% strongly agreed)
  • 94.3% agreed that their experience as a Bearcat Buddy was meaningful (71.4% strongly agreed)
  • 92.4% agreed that their experience as a volunteer tutor made an impact on them (66.7% strongly agreed)