Become a math tutor-mentor with Achievement Connections

You could be the difference between a local high schooler dropping out or graduating.

Madison-area students are twice as likely to complete high school on time if they pass algebra by 10th grade. And that’s where you come in: Volunteer tutor-mentors are needed to help make sure more students pass algebra by the end of their sophomore year.

Achievement Connections matches high school students who need extra help in algebra or geometry one-on-one with volunteer tutors. The volunteers work with that student in their school once or twice every week for at least one full semester. The program is designed to help build math skills, but also a trusting relationship between the high school student and volunteer.

So what difference can you make? Just ask Andrew Meyerhofer and Lukas Ellenbolt.

Achievement Connections is looking for any UW-Madison student comfortable as a tutor, proficient in algebra or geometry and able to commit up to two hours each week. All volunteers receive comprehensive training before being matched with a student.

Last year, over 170 UW-Madison students stepped up as volunteer math tutors with the program. The program works with four local high schools: Madison East, Madison Memorial, Madison West and Middleton High School.

Interested students should contact Jose Torre at or fill out the interest form.

Achievement Connections is a partnership between United Way of Dane County, the Morgridge Center for Public Service, AmeirCorps, the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District.