Raise Your Hand

Program Overview

2018 Volunteer Training Video

2018 Workshop Recap

After-School Tutoring

The Raise Your Hand (RYH) Tutoring program is an education initiative to recruit volunteer tutors for students performing below the state standard. Tutors work in the classroom after school helping teachers with 1st through 4th grade students who are struggling with reading and math. Participation is completely free for students and includes free snacks and transportation home. This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee. See our 2017–2018 tutoring results below.

RYH partners with administrators and teachers at Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District to implement tutoring in 12 schools. Tutoring falls into two sessions:

  • Fall Session – Sept. 17 to Dec. 7, 2018
  • Spring Session – Feb. 11 to April 12, 2019

Volunteering with Raise Your Hand

Volunteering with RYH offers an opportunity to add a broad range of skills to your resume, plus help a child reading below grade-level. Unlike most volunteer opportunities, tutoring is extremely flexible and really works around your availability. The satisfaction of knowing you helped students to remove mental barriers and to improve their confidence is priceless.

Volunteers commit one hour per week, assisting teachers with reading assignments and tutoring students individually or in small groups. Teachers guide volunteers through the tutoring process. Therefore, no teaching experience is required; training is provided.

Click here to submit an online application if you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor.  You are welcome to submit the application at any time of the year.

For more information, email Sonya Johnson (Education Engagement Manager) or call 615-771-2312.

Summer Literary Program

The Summer Literacy Program (SLP) is a new Raise Your Hand initiative that promotes the importance of daily reading and combats the effects of summer learning loss. SLP provides access to books and fun learning activities. This year, program activities took place once a week at two school library locations. Students enrolled in Williamson County Schools attended Chapman’s Retreat Elementary School; students enrolled in the Franklin Special School District attended Liberty Elementary School. Readers received prizes from McDonald’s.



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Help us remove barriers to learning.

Raise Your Hand is supported by generous grants from:

 Dollar General Literacy Foundation logo Community Foundation logo

Mott Foundation logo Volunteer Tennessee logo



Raise Your Hand is a proud partner of:

Tennessee AfterSchool network logo

344 students served in grades 2-4
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RYH at Chapmans Retreat 4 - Raise Your Hand

In partnership with Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District, RYH volunteer tutors helped 401 students from 11 elementary schools during the 2017-2018 school year.

94% improved in reading
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RYH at Poplar Grove 8 - Raise Your Hand

Volunteers commit to 1 hour per week, minimum, for up to 10 weeks. We tutor students one-on-one or in small groups, reinforcing classroom concepts so they can keep up with their peers.

93% improved in math
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RYH at Poplar Grove 4 - Raise Your Hand

Classroom leadership is crucial to our program. Teachers and volunteers form a partnership to be a trusted source for listening, coaching, and mentoring each child to success.

For more information about the Raise Your Hand Tutoring Program, email Sonya Johnson or call (615) 771-2312.