The University of Minnesota, Morris Tutoring, Reading, Enabling Children (TREC) program’s goals are to:
- Promote literacy in school age children and throughout local communities;
- Provide school children with meaningful tutoring and mentoring experiences;
- Provide University of Minnesota, Morris students with service learning opportunities.
Who is eligible to participate?
University of Minnesota, Morris students of all majors are eligible to participant in TREC. About 30 to 40 UMM tutors are involved in TREC programs each semester. Elementary education majors and secondary education students especially find TREC opportunities valuable as they prepare for careers as professional teachers.
Are TREC tutors volunteer or paid positions?
Depending upon funding availability and each student’s financial situation, TREC positions may be unpaid volunteering, federal or institutional work study supported, or stipend supported through grants or other programs.
What is the commitment?
UMM TREC tutors receive literacy training on campus prior to starting their work with TREC students. Training also focuses on the benefits of TREC participation and ways to ensure a successful experience in the program. After completing training, the TREC coordinator will place students in TREC positions throughout the community. UMM tutors usually commit to between two and ten hours per week.
TREC tutors reflect on their work in TREC through written reflections and monthly reflection meetings.
Where are TREC tutors serving in the community?
Support literacy development by participating in one of four TREC programs in the Morris community:
- TREC Storytime at the Public Library,
- TREC In-class Tutoring,
- TREC at the ZONE,
- TREC for Children of Adult ESL Learners
Explore all the TREC opportunities available, volunteer and work study, school day and after-school programs, then fill out an application and become a member of the TREC tutor team.