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Providing a compassionate compass Supported by United Way of Porter County, the AmeriCorps tutoring program helps high school and middle school students navigate their way toward the future. The program focuses on helping students improve grades, increase job skills, and understand the career options available to them. “Finding one’s way through life’s challenges can be hard,” said Kim Olesker, president and CEO of United Way of Porter County. “We are here to help make that journey easier. Supporting our schools and building up our children and teens for success is a necessity for our community to thrive.” he said. “I really enjoy helping these kids figure out what they want to do and how to go about it. It’s a tremendously rewarding program that makes me feel like I am giving back to our youth and contributing to making our region a better place.” “Many of these students are at a very vulnerable age,” Cameron said. “I try to help them see the big picture and focus on where they want to be down the road. Peer pressure is very high at this stage of their lives.” Tony’s previous experience as a union business agent and an instructor at the Porter County Career Center provides high school students with someone who understands their plight as they try to figure out career steps. “I help them figure out what they love to do and how to make that a career,” he said. “You want to love what you do for a living.” Cameron helps her students with reading and writing skills, as well as self-esteem and confidence issues that are so prevalent in 12 to 14-year-olds. Tutoring and mentoring includes mock interviews, resume writing, refining soft United Way of Porter County skills and problem solving. Tony is at the forefront of supporting also teaches his students how human services that are most to create LinkedIn profiles, and needed, creating opportunities for volunteers, non-profits, and those understand the value of social media networking. in need to flourish and thrive. After a career of helping Tony Avalos recently students in the classroom, Teresa completed his first school year as an AmeriCorps tutor, assisting Cameron became an AmeriCorps member to help Porter County high school juniors and seniors in Porter County with preparation middle school students learn about the importance of a strong for the next step in their journey. education foundation and the “Serving with AmeriCorps is a risk/reward of everyday peer natural extension of what I have been doing for the past 30 years,” pressure. “AmeriCorps provides unique opportunities to those who want to give back to their community but aren’t sure where to start,” said Maddie Grimm, United Way AmeriCorps Program Director. “When someone contacts us, we discuss the wide variety of options available to find the perfect fit for them.” AmeriCorps is a national service network that focuses on improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to addressing critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, preparing for disasters, and more. As an AmeriCorps member, you can: • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth • Manage or operate after-school programs • Help communities respond to disasters • Build organizational capacity • Improve financial literacy “We encourage everyone who is thinking of serving their community in any way to contact us about the AmeriCorps program,” Grimm said. “There’s so much we want to accomplish. You can become a part of something bigger than all of us.” United Way of Porter County 951 Eastport Centre Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-464-3583

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