Grateful for our Academic Coaches

10 Dec

The YWCA would like to recognize our star Academic Coaches. Academic Coaches volunteer an hour of their time each week to mentor and/or tutor a child in our After-School program.

Pat Bailey, a retired ESL teacher who taught for 35 years, states that “Education is in my blood.“ She seeks out ways to be of service and is enjoying her first experience tutoring at the YWCA. 

Mandi Kilgore, a senior at T.C. Robertson, says that her favorite part of being a coach is helping her student learn new things. She volunteers because it gives her a chance to get involved in the community and prepare for college.

Pat and Mandi are two of the many amazing volunteers who help the YWCA serve the Asheville community. The YWCA welcomes volunteers of all types. Whether you need to complete community service, service hours for class credit or you just want to help out the community, please consider volunteering at the YWCA. We have tasks for all age ranges and skill levels, from clerical assistance, to working with children, to helping to keep our building neat and tidy! To sign-up for a project, contact Katie Graunke, Volunteer Coordinator,, 254-7206 ext. 204.

More about the Academic Coach Program
The Asheville City Schools Foundation recruits, screens and trains volunteer academic coaches (tutor/mentor) for all grade levels. Academic Coaches are trained to support students by assisting them with a variety of tasks that support educational success. They must commit to spend at least one hour of coaching time with their student per week for a school year, although they may join the program at any point during the year. For more information, please visit the Asheville City Schools Foundation website,

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