Devon Ponoroff


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For The Children

Since 1994, For The Children (FTC) has provided academic assistance to hundreds of students in low-performing Uptown New Orleans public schools. Volunteers come to one of our two school sites (Sophie B. Wright and Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep ) to work with students during the school day in a variety of ways. Volunteers serve as reading buddies, academic tutors, and classroom assistants. Volunteers represent several types of support: community member volunteers, service learning students who receive academic credit from a local university, and work-study students who are paid through the Federal Work-Study Program.

Each school houses a FTC reading room with tables, chairs, a library of books and class materials, as well as, sofas that help create a comfortable and enjoyable environment for volunteers while they work with their assigned student(s). Each room is staffed by a FTC site manager.

FTC runs from September through April. All new volunteers are required to attend an on-site orientation, and there are several days and times in September and January for individuals to choose from. At an orientation, new volunteers receive a program overview, and are required to fill out a background check.


Center for Public Service, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-8060