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Theory of Change

Heart is the link between a huge, untapped pool of volunteers and the thousands of students who need one-on-one academic support.

Students

  • 56% below grade level in math
    (2017 EOGs, CMS EDS)
  • Lack number sense and are falling behind
  • Need one-on-one, targeted instruction

Volunteers

  • Large, untapped pool
  • Willing to help, but have limited time
  • Quality of past tutoring experiences is varied

An urgent need…

Many students have learned to follow rules and procedures without a deep understanding of what they are doing and why. With the introduction of more rigorous standards in 2013, which emphasize critical thinking skills and reading, math proficiency rates plummeted, with 56% of economically disadvantaged students in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) scoring below grade level in 3rd – 8th grade math in 2016. Without a strong foundation in math, these students will struggle in Math I, a high school graduation requirement. However, if given hands-on experiences that target conceptual gaps, these students can catch up to grade level and access higher levels of learning.

…met with a powerful resource

Volunteer time is one of the only resources available to high-poverty public schools not yet being fully leveraged. Community members are willing to help but have limited time to commit and need to know their efforts are making an impact. Heart’s activity-based, structured curriculum and on-site support enables all volunteers to be effective in delivering one-on-one instruction, with a commitment of just one hour per week.

50 hours per week: Collectively, Heart volunteers provide 50 hours per week, per school, of targeted, one-on-one instruction that would otherwise not be available.

High leverage: Because of Heart’s volunteer driven model, every dollar invested in a marginal school unlocks twice the value in resources to students.

Collectively, Heart volunteers provide 50 hours per week, per school, of targeted, one-on-one instruction that would otherwise not be available.