Who Are Milwaukee Achiever Volunteers?

who-are-volunteers Milwaukee Achiever volunteers come from all walks of life and have many different backgrounds. Like Julie (left), the one thing that all tutors share is a passion for helping our learners to attain their educational goals. Volunteers need not have a background in education or any special degrees. Milwaukee Achiever provides thorough, on-going support and training. The only requirements are that volunteers be:
  •  • 18 years or older
  •  • Have a high school diploma or GED/HSED
  •  • Be willing to dedicate approximately 2 hours per week    to tutoring
  •  • Have a patient and caring approach to teaching
who-are-volunteers2 Milwaukee Achiever tutors are, first and foremost, committed to their learner's personal progress. Tutors are as diverse as our clients. Service learners and students come to us for practical experience from the area's colleges and universities. Retired teachers come to us to share their knowledge, experience and their love of learning. Employees of area businesses and corporations come to us to give back to their communities through employer matching programs. Volunteers come to us because they want to be a part of fixing Milwaukee's illiteracy crisis and make a positive impact
who-are-volunteers3 Brenda (left) works for an area corporation in administration. She has volunteered for Milwaukee Achiever at our Silver Spring Center since 2007. Volunteers like Brenda work one-on-one with a learner or with a small group and are offered support from our Curriculum Coordinator. The personalized attention of our volunteers helps learners to feel at ease and helps to build the confidence needed to move to the next level.
who-are-volunteers4 Kathy retired from MATC in 2009 and sought out Milwaukee Achiever as an avenue of community involvement. She assists with our one-on-one tutoring program at the Silver Spring Center. Milwaukee Achiever tutors have a deep appreciation for the different life stories and learning abilities our students bring with them. Each learner has unique strengths and cherished goals. As a Milwaukee Achiever tutor, you are giving the gift of literacy at each class session!
who-are-volunteers5 Mitchell (right) is a doctoral candidate at Cardinal Stritch. Like many of our tutors, Mitchell is passionate about learning and professional development. Milwaukee Achiever tutors believe that learning is a life-long process that never ends. Many of our tutors find that "to teach is to learn for the second time."

If you're looking for a deeply meaningful volunteer experience, call us. We provide free tutor training and orientation. You'll work with our staff in guided teaching experience that will allow you to be creative and goal oriented. You'll be challenged to be your best, so you can motivate others to do their best.

Call the center nearest you to get in the next tutor orientation session. Help someone make a new start on life!

Layton Center
1501 South Layton Boulevard
Milwaukee, WI 53215
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Silver Spring Center
5566 North 69th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53218
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Why Volunteer?

There are lots of reasons to volunteer to assist an adult learner in achieving his or her goals! Here are ten:


You're making a meaningful impact in reducing illiteracy rates in our city, thereby building a stronger workforce and stronger families.


Feel good. Studies have shown that becoming involved in the community through volunteering has a measurable effect on brain chemistry, causing the release of beneficial chemicals such as endorphins.


Build you resume! Employers value volunteer experience.


Gain perspective. Sharing different life experiences can be an incredibly enriching benefit of volunteering.


Learn something new. It's often said that to teach is to learn for the second time. You don't have to be a professional teacher to become a tutor. In the process of tutoring you might pick up a valuable new skill or two!


Make a friend. Many of our tutors and learners become steadfast and loyal acquaintances.


Contribute to our organization's mission. We can't reach the hundreds of learners we benefit each year without you. Volunteers are the backbone of our impact in the community!


Experience another's success! There is nothing like the feeling you get when you see your student flourish - walking the stage to receive his diploma, improving her skills or gaining new confidence!


Open a door - for yourself or your learner! Volunteering is a great way to expand your professional network. Many of our current employees began as volunteers.


Be the change. There is a lot that wouldn't get done in our society if it weren't for the effort and enthusiasm of volunteers.

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