UC tutor with Cincinnati Public Schools student working on homework

Bearcat Buddies

Connecting UC Students to Children in Cincinnati Public Schools

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

Students who are interested in serving as a volunteer tutor and helping Cincinnati Public Schools' children achieve academic success should consider becoming a Bearcat Buddy! It's a powerful way to give back and provides a meaningful experience for both tutors and the children they serve. Bearcat Buddies is a great addition to any resume and includes the potential for leadership development within the Lead Tutor program. Above all, it's a fun way to make a positive impact on your community!

How It Works

Bearcat Buddies work with students in Kindergarten through 12th grades, for an hour or more per week. Tutoring sessions range from 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday. You can find Bearcat Buddies and related programming in nine Cincinnati Public Schools:

  • Ethel M. Taylor Academy
  • Hays-Porter School
  • Hughes STEM High School
  • Oyler School
  • Rees E. Price Academy
  • Riverview East Academy
  • Roll Hill Academy

Removing Barriers

The Bearcat Buddies program was designed to intentionally remove barriers that college students often face in building tutoring relationships with children in local schools. The CCE removes key barriers for Bearcat Buddies by:

  • Providing transportation to partner schools where tutoring takes place
  • Arranging on-campus and on-site tutor training
  • Facilitating required background checks for tutors
  • Providing ongoing support throughout the year

How to Get Involved

Applications are taken each semester. Preference is given to tutors who have volunteered with Bearcat Buddies in previous semesters. Click the link at the top of this page to register or pre-register for Bearcat Buddies.

Contact BearcatBuddies@uc.edu, or call the Center for Community Engagement at 513-556-1559 for additional information.