Mentors in Toledo Schools

Literacy Tutoring with a Track Record of Success.

This year, Mentors in Toledo Schools is providing virtual tutoring during regular school hours. It will still be one-to-one with students to give them that personal attention and support needed, especially at this time when so much has changed during the pandemic. We are proud to announce that Washington Local Schools is joining us this year.

If you can take 30 minutes out of your work day once per week, we would love to have you join us as a tutor. It’s easy and so important for these children.

Contact Heather Henson at [email protected]. Background checks and training are free to our volunteers.

What makes Mentors in Toledo Schools (MiTS) so successful?

  • It’s volunteer tutors working hand in hand with teachers to provide students with one-to-one literacy tutoring.
  • It’s caring, consistent mentor/tutors providing individualized support on the same class lessons student’s peers are experiencing but that teachers simply cannot do with a class size of 25 or more students.
  • It’s students spending time with well-trained literacy mentor/tutors during the school day, so nothing going on in class is missed but rather enhanced instead.

How does the program work?

Mentors in Toledo Schools employs a program manager and a host of site coordinators that serve in the schools to ensure that teachers, students and mentor/tutors are receiving a great experience. Volunteers can dedicate from half an hour a week up to two hours per week tutoring. The schedule is flexible to accommodate personal needs with a dedicated number of individuals providing time to the program. The program runs only during the school year, October-May, and follows a typical school schedule of holiday breaks.

Schools we served in 2019-2020: Arlington, DeVeaux, Escuela SMART/SMART school, Garfield, Larchmont, Longfellow, McKinley, Old Orchard, Queen of Apostles, Sherman and Whittier schools.
We are adding Greenwood and Wernert in Washington Local this year.
Some statistics from last school year.
    • The total number of mentoring/tutoring sessions was 9,187.
    • The total number of mentored/tutored students was 684, up 26% from last year!
    • The total number of mentor/tutors was 196.

Want to learn more?

View our video about the pen pal program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please consider becoming a mentor/tutor for the program.

We would love to have you join us in our efforts to ensure that all students in Toledo are successful readers by third grade.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to visit the Volunteer to Mentor Information form or call Heather Henson, Program Manager, at 419-242-2122.

Mentoring day will become your favorite day of the month or week!

Free volunteer training for the MiTS program is now available on our Volunteer Training page. Click here to find out more and take the free 20 minute training.


MiTS: A History of Better Outcomes for Students

Mentors in Toledo Schools has a history rooted in the Ohio Reads program. When that program ended, Jay Mirrow of Temple Congregation Shomer Emunim, asked the principal of Toledo Public School’s McKinley Elementary if he might revive the program at his school with a group of volunteers from the Temple and a group of Kindergarten through third-grade students needing help with reading.

The program now serves over 500 Kindergarten through third-grade students in area public and private schools with more than 200 volunteers from several faith communities and businesses including the Temple, Cedar Creek Church and the Area Office on Aging.

Mentors in Toledo Schools is both scalable and economical because we utilize so many dedicated volunteers to work with students. We would be happy to talk to you about it bringing our program to your school.  We use real-time technology to collect student data so teachers know right away how their student performed during tutoring that day. We compare tutor and teacher reports to the student’s standardized test scores to measure growth in literacy skills.

For more information on how our program works providing caring, consistent adults in the lives of students and improving student literacy, click the links to read our evaluation reports and an article about our program published in the Journal, Evaluation and Program Planning, below.

Get Involved

Click the thumbnail to view our most recent MiTS Program Report from MetriKs Amérique LLC.

Volunteer for the Mentors in Toledo Schools program. Our meeting times are mornings, Monday-Friday (depending on the school you select) during the school year. We tutor grade levels in half-hour sessions and see grades kindergarten through four throughout the morning. And this year, you can tutor from wherever you are with a computer or a tablet and internet access.

We guarantee it will become your favorite time of week!

If you have signed up to volunteer, click here to view our Best Practices for Volunteers Online Training. It will only take 20 minutes.


Learn More

Contact Heather Henson, MiTS Program Manager [email protected]

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