AmeriCorps tutoring program paying dividends

Jun 17, 2014

A federal grant will help sustain a tutoring program for young school students in Buffalo.

Rep. Brian Higgins announced the $1.3 million award for the "AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education" program Monday. It has more than 160 full and part-time tutors  including London Lee, who says he enjoys helping kids learn.

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"Every day in life is a struggle, but when you have those moments that click, it's awesome. It's amazing," Lee said.

Lee says being a tutor changed his perspective. He says he is now considering going back to school to pursue non-profit work.

Tutors in the ABLE program reach more than 2,400 children in grades K-12 in more than a dozen schools in Buffalo.

Officials say the program increases the academic achievement of 75 percent of the students who take part.