Literacy Tutoring

Program Description

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Literacy Corps Tutoring (3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)


At the NDCAC, tutoring is offered by trained tutors MondayThursday, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, for about 20 elementary school students each semester in grades 2-4. The NDCAC Literacy CorpsTutoring Program provides a proven small group literacy focus, with lesson plans that align to the Indiana State Standards. Students are exposed to good literature and exciting and appropriate writing opportunities while receiving the academic support that they need. 

Students are paired with a volunteer tutor to receive assistance with reading and writing. Tutors typically work with the same student two days per week for the semester. This encourages tutors to appreciate and support the particular learning styles and educational needs presented by the child, and gives each child the consistent presence of a mentor they see regularly. 


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Arts & Culture Enrichment (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) 

Because of the unique environment of the NDCAC, art-related Enrichment Activities are offered to the children after the tutoring program, MondayThursday, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Activities are structured and focus on the child’s personal development in following areas:


Museum educator Jackie showing leads VTS by showing an 'ofrenda.'

Monday and Thursday: Art Activities 

Students will engage in hands-on arts projects, explore the on-site Crossroads Gallery, and engage in “Visual Thinking Strategies” activities. The “Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)” curriculum engages students in open-ended yet highly-structured discussions of visual art, with the goal of increasing students' critical thinking, language and literacy skills, as well as their knowledge and appreciation of art. 



Tuesday: Take Ten / mixed media

TAKE TEN is simple: it is a short positive phrase that provides children with a common language to demonstrate their choice for nonviolence. TAKE TEN is more than a slogan—it encourages children to TALK IT OUT, WALK IT OUT, WAIT IT OUT rather than engage in violent behavior. Participants will work with college volunteers and use art, writing, and drama to learn how they can reduce violence.




Wednesday: Drama Club

Students will love learning drama in this innovative acting program. Using a scripted play as a foundation, participants will learn about the fundamentals of acting through voice, imagination, and movement. By creating active characters, students will hone their storytelling skills and learn to work together as an ensemble. Through collaboration, students will use their imagination to build their own world to help their characters acheive their goals.





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Sign-up Information

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All primary school students are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Resident of the 46601, 46616, 46619 or 46628 ZIP Codes (or attendance at Madison school, which serves the nearwest side neighborhood)
  • Paperwork on time and complete
  • Parental involvement

We are currently enrolling for Spring 2018, and programming will run from the end of January until the end of April, 2018. To register, please click here.


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Contact Information

If you have any questions about the NDCAC Literacy Corps tutoring program please contact:

  • Jennifer Wittenbrink Ortega, Program Director  (574) 631-1968, email
  • Mary Robertson, AmeriCorps member, Site Coordinator  (574) 631-1968, email


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