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United Way; UNCC to offer free training for tutors on Monday

United Way of Central Carolinas and the Center for Adolescent Literacies at UNC Charlotte will host a free training Sept. 30 for those interested in tutoring at-risk youth.

The training will be held at Davidson College and is open to anyone already signed up to volunteer with United Way, as well as those interested in getting more information.

Part of United Way’s Project 1,000 – the initiative to recruit and train 1,000 volunteers to serve as tutors, readers and mentors – the training is the first to be held in Lake Norman and is not limited to residents in the immediate area.

“We have volunteer opportunities in Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus Counties and around Lake Norman,” said United Way’s Sarah Degnan.

UNCC’s Bruce Taylor, director for the Center for Adolescent Literacies, will lead the training that focuses on helping children with reading, strategies for building a relationship and getting to know the student, among other things. All participants who sign up for Project 1,000 will receive six new books to share with their student and a tote bag.

The free training session is one of five held so far this year, Degnan said, and nearly 200 volunteers have already been trained. Online registration is requested by noon Monday, but walk-ins are also welcome, Degnan said.