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READ. TUTOR. MENTOR. Make a pledge to influence a child's future.

United Way of Hays County believes that everyone can make a difference by volunteering in their community, and that by reading, tutoring or mentoring a child, you can change the future. United Way's volunteer READ TUTOR MENTOR initiative will mobilize 250 new education volunteers in Hays County as part of a larger national movement by United Way Worldwide challenging the nation to cut in half the number of high school dropouts by 2018.

Importance of mentors.

Research proves that caring volunteers working with students of all ages, have the power to help kids boost academic achievement and put young people on track for a bright future. 

Mentoring and tutoring programs across Hays County have shown successes at improving grades in school, increasing high school graduation rates, and the likelihood of pursuing a secondary degree. These positive successes are imperative to changing the lives and outcomes of Hays County youth.

Give an hour a week, and make a positive influence on a child!

How to be involved!

For most Hays County children, caring adults are the difference between academic success and failure. Be the difference. Just one hour a week is all it takes to impact the life of a child. Can you spare an hour to READ. TUTOR. MENTOR.?  Sign up here.

Reader: Volunteers read to preschool-age children in a child care setting.  United Way is working to place readers in pre-k classes in schools and daycare centers throughout Hays County during special events held during the school year and summer. Individuals and groups are also needed to volunteer for Sunday Stories, a monthly program hosted by UWHC at the San Marcos Public Library. 


Tutor: Volunteers help school-age children improve their reading skills.  Sign up with the United Way Readers program, an initiative to place reading tutors in elementary classrooms in San Marcos and Hays CISD, to help ensure that all children are reading on grade level by the 3rd grade.  In addition, UWHC works with partner programs to recruit math, science and reading tutors for after-school tutoring sessions. 


Mentor: Volunteers improve a child's social and emotional development in a one-on-one or group setting.  United Way of Hays County is working with multiple mentoring programs, like Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos SIS (Stay in School) program, throughout Hays County to recruit mentors for both traditional and non-traditional mentoring positions. United Way of Hays County also invites professionals to participate with the Lunch. Learn. LIVE UNITED program, which brings professional speakers and mentors to give education and career advice to local high school students. 

Support Makes A Difference!

With funding through a Community Development Block Grant from the City of San Marcos, United Way of Hays County has launched the Mentors Make a Difference initiative to help recruit readers, tutors and mentors and connect them to our local programs providing services to SMCISD students of all ages. 

Partner programs provide a reader, tutor, or mentor either during school hours, or during out-of-school time, depending on the needs of the student. Several programs allow for any youth in need of a mentor or tutor to enroll, while other programs serve more specific at-risk groups including adolescent girls, youth from single-parent homes, elementary-age students struggling with reading and comprehension skills, and middle-school and high-school age youth. Each program plays a crucial role in providing the guidance that our Hays County youth need to be successful in school and the future.

Make a donation to UWHC education programs.

For more information contact: Zoe Eslinger, UWHC Program Coordinator

Email or call 512.353.1420.