Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring at Hughes High School

Dr. Casey Hord has connections set up with Hughes for tutoring students with mild disabilities and struggling learners in 8th grade Algebra I. Tutors typically commit to once a week to help support these students in one-on-one or small group sessions.

This is a great way to get into the classroom, start practicing strategies for supporting students, and build mentoring relationships with the middle school students.

Please contact Dr. Hord at for more information or to get involved.

TAP Mentors

Students in the Transition and Access Program (TAP) are assigned a Social Mentor and Academic Mentor to assist them in becoming socially integrated into the campus and achieving academically in their classes.

Mentor students at least 1 hour a week. Hours vary. Monday- Sunday.

Social Mentors - UC students who will help develop and enhance their social skills on campus.

  • Engage in age appropriate college activities to expand the social boundaries of our students.
  • Help our students to form authentic relationships with other UC students.
  • How to interact with new people.

Academic Mentors - UC students who assist students with their academic classes. Mentors assist students with the following skills:

  • Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Reading
  • Writing

For more information, please contact Gary Pottebaum, Assistant Director.

Bearcat Buddies

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 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.

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). 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 their 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.

For more information, please email Bearcat Buddies.

Center for Community Engagement

For other types of service opportunities, please visit the Center for Community Engagement. Sign up for their weekly update to stay current with all the opportunities they have organized for volunteers.