Raise Your Hand Chattanooga is a local effort to recruit volunteers to read, tutor, and mentor children.  Anyone with passion and commitment can help children and youth succeed in school and in life.  
So raise your hand and volunteer to read, tutor or mentor!  Explore the many available opportunities to become involved. Remember:  the difference between a child graduating or becoming a drop-out could be YOU!
Read with a Child
Reading with children engages them in storytelling, opens their mind, and unlocks their imagination. It is a great way for volunteers to support literacy development. As a child grows, reading becomes increasingly important for understanding the world, achieving academic success and succeeding in the workforce. Help a child learn to read...so he or she can then read to learn!
Tutor a Child
Tutoring – instructing a child one-on-one or in small groups – has been shown to have positive effects on academic performance, especially with at-risk children experiencing reading problems. The literacy skills and academic supports that children and young people receive through tutoring solidify their efforts toward high school, college and career success.

Mentor a Child
Sometimes kids just need to know that someone believes in them. Children and youth need more than academic support to make it through school successfully. Parents are critical, but other caring adults can provide support along the way by becoming mentors. Adult mentors provide emotional support that enhances a child’s self-esteem, foster self-control, and provide guidance and advice.