United Way of Greater Nashville’s Raise Your Hand Awarded Grant from The Volunteer Tennessee Commission

Jan 8, 2024 | News

Raise Your Hand will launch a regional youth civic engagement network

United Way Greater Nashville (UWGN) announces program funding of $49,683 from The Volunteer Tennessee Commision to support UWGN’s Raise Your Hand Youth Civic Engagement Tutoring Program for the period of January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024.

The program is designed to recruit, train, and manage 100 high school and college-aged students as volunteer reading and math tutors for 250 elementary school students. The program will be implemented in Winter/Spring 2024 and Fall 2024.

UWGN’s Raise Your Hand is a regionally recognized, community-based program. UWGN serves as a hub for the Tennessee Afterschool Network and the Tennessee Department of Education’s TN ALL Corps and Connected Literacy grant programs.

“The grant will help ensure community organizations can provide students with additional support to overcome academic challenges and attain the skills for reading well at proficient levels.” said UWGN’s Manager, Education Initiatives Sonya Johnson.

UWGN’s Raise Your Hand partners with administrators and teachers to implement tutoring sessions in participating schools. Our volunteer tutors work in the classroom after school helping teachers with first- through fourth-grade students who are struggling with reading and math. Teachers and volunteers partner to coach each child to success. Participation is completely free for students and includes snacks and transportation home.

Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, Raise Your Hand is serving students at Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District, Robertson County Schools and Lebanon Special School District—as well as Cheatham, and Dickson counties.