Each One Teach One program expands

Now in its seventh year, the Each One Teach One (EOTO) program, which connects WUSTL tutors with area school children in need of support, is expanding it services.

Sophomore Alex Friedman (center) tutors seventh graders Lonzo Steward (left) and Chris McKay Oct. 30 at Hamilton Elementary in St. Louis. Friedman is a volunteer through Each One Teach One Jump Start, a program that connects WUSTL tutors with school children in need of support.

Founded in 2000 and coordinated by the Community Service Office, Each One Teach One supports more than 100 tutors through two programs: EOTO Jump Start and EOTO College Bound.

This January, the Jump Start program, which currently operates at Hamilton Elementary School in St. Louis, will be expanding to Ford Elementary School.

Jump Start is a partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools to assist elementary-school students and support the district’s mission to improve the achievement of students in every classroom and in every school.

“We’re thrilled to be expanding our services to reach more students in need,” said Stephanie Kurtzman, director of the Community Service Office and associate director of the Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service. “The Jump Start program has been highly successful and is a great way for students to give back to the St. Louis community.”

Participants in the Jump Start program volunteer to tutor between 3:30-6 p.m. one day per week, Monday through Thursday. Bus transportation is provided from Mallinckrodt Student Center.

EOTO College Bound is a partnership with College Bound, a local nonprofit organization that aims to give promising, motivated, underresourced high-school students the academic capacity, social support and life skills necessary to succeed at a four-year college.

Volunteers with this program tutor between 2-4 p.m. on Sundays in Lopata House on the Danforth Campus.

“Each One Teach One started with mainly undergraduate interest and support,” Kurtzman said. “But these programs are open to anyone. Graduate and professional students, staff and faculty are also welcome and encouraged to volunteer as tutors, especially as we widen the program to include Ford Elementary.”

Each One Teach One provides orientation and training to tutors. Special events also are organized each semester to promote mentoring and new experiences. Tutors are expected to make a weekly commitment and to serve as positive role models.

For more information, visit communityservice.wustl.edu/eoto or call Kurtzman at 935-5066.