Touch a Life,
Be Changed for Life

Our caring volunteer tutors are meeting the needs of struggling elementary school students in several central Ohio school districts. The weekly tutoring sessions provide the individualized literacy support that help students whose reading skills fall below grade level.

About CTI

19 Years of Tutoring

The Charleys Kids Foundation began working with the Columbus Tutoring initiative in 2022. Our goal has been to expand the focus and tutoring services by broadening the scope beyond Columbus and diversifying the tutoring services to include a broader range of implementation options.

Thus, we have made the decision to modify the name from the Columbus Tutoring Initiative to the Children’s Tutoring Initiative. The re-brand better reflects the Charleys Kids Foundation’s mission, values, and goals of supporting children.

The Children's Tutoring Initiative began in 2004 as the Avondale Tutoring Program with just a few tutors and an eager administrator. One program in one Franklinton neighborhood elementary school has now expanded to several school districts and hundreds of volunteers! This growth is a result of concerned individuals recognizing the need and working collaboratively with CTI to create a program in their local school.

See details about how our program works.

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“The trained tutors not only provide excellent academic interventions for students in need, but the tutors also serve as mentors and friends to the students. The children are so excited for tutoring each week.”

April Knight, Principal at Avondale Elementary

How It Works

Volunteers are the glue

CTI works in partnership with churches, businesses organizations to recruit volunteers and tutors to lead programs in their local schools. Volunteers can serve as on-site coordinators or weekly reading tutors.

Volunteers don’t need to have an education background to serve students. Instead, CTI provides initial training and ongoing support to equip trustworthy and caring adults to meet the students’ literacy needs.

Consider joining us to help a struggling reader reach their reading goals this year.

Our track record

Almost two decades of reading improvement

In our program's history we have served the students that need it the most and have seen impressive results.

Students Served
2,000+
Volunteers
1500+
Schools
29
Districts
5