Free Specialized Tutoring Program

Rising Above Tutoring Program

Karmie Tutoring

One-on-One Tutoring

The Rising Above Tutoring Program uses the proven Orton-Gillingham approach which engages a multitude of the children’s senses. We also provide a nurturing and loving atmosphere where students know that they are valued and loved – a key ingredient to success.

With your support, these children can rise above their challenges to reach their full potential.

Our goal is for all our students to have a genuinely positive learning experience in elementary school and gain a strong foundation for success in their high school education and in life.

Our Students receive:

  • Regular one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing and math using the Orton-Gillingham approach
  • A healthy snack and time to play before each tutoring session
  • The chance to attend field trips throughout the year
  • Opportunities to participate in Family Gatherings with all the students from the tutoring program

Our students are referred to this program by their teachers or school counselors. When they are referred, they are usually 2 years behind in school.

VUM currently has trained tutors operating in 2 schools in East Vancouver.
Training for tutors takes place at the beginning and in the fall of each year.

Words from the community:

“I am reading more now. My spelling and writing has improved a little too. The concept cards really helped me think about what I have learned. They give me more confidence.”

  • A student from the tutoring program

"Your one to one program is valuable for all our students because they come to school so emotionally needy.  This is rare to see in our school. We often are not able to do that, and it is not characteristic of us to be asked. The students begin to read, but their social and emotional wellbeing is also being addressed. The love shared implies the message safe."

  • Principal, MacDonald Elementary


"I was always worried about my son’s school performance. 

Although Canadian born, he was always put in ESL help until grade 5. The tutoring program has helped him improve a lot. The program really helped because I’m a single mom and cannot afford the tutoring my son needed. I am very happy to see my son receive a B in English because before that he usually would get a C or C-."

  • Mother of child with a reading disability

“I’m enjoying school now. I like reading stories, they make me think but my strength is my drawing.”

  • A student from the tutoring program

Vancouver Urban Ministries tutored both of my daughters and they are now in high school. Now my son is being tutored. I am very grateful for the help VUM has been to my family.

First Nation father

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