PNC Bank Managers volunteer with Obama students in NLA’s Pittsburgh GLO Afterschool Program

PNC Site Manager Shedrina Parker looks over Algebra homework with 9th grade Obama students in NLA’s Pittsburgh GLO afterschool program.

PNC Site Manager Shedrina Parker looks over Algebra homework with 9th grade Obama students in NLA’s Pittsburgh GLO afterschool program.

Throughout the school year, the volunteer tutors in NLA’s high school programs have predominantly been college students from Pitt, Duquesne, CMU, and Chatham. College student volunteers fit well in NLA programs for a few reasons: many sites are a quick walk or bus ride from Oakland, there are opportunities college students to work with high school students in an educational capacity, and we have plenty of opportunities through the course of a regular school week to fit the sporadic schedule of a college student.

However, these first few weeks of April have marked the close of the semester for colleges, and with that, volunteer numbers and tutoring capacity in NLA programs generally dip down across sites. Afterschool hours of 2:45 to 6 p.m. conflict with regular business hours and working community members are often not able to make it to school day or afterschool volunteer opportunities through the work week.

Luckily a proactive team of PNC Bank Managers has stepped forward to answer the call. PNC employees from East Liberty, Squirrel Hill, Oakland and Lawrenceville bank branches are excited to partner with Neighborhood Learning Alliance to serve as tutors and mentors in programs through the school year, the summer, and beyond.

Only two weeks into their rotating monthly commitment, 14 PNC volunteers have completed nearly 40 hours of tutoring, mentoring, and program support with Pittsburgh students at Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy and Pittsburgh Obama Academy.

These PNC volunteers couldn’t have come at a better time.

“This final part of the school year is so essential to student academic performance. The work that students complete could decide an whole letter grade on their transcript,” said Cale Davis, a KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps member and acting volunteer coordinator for NLA’s Everybody Graduates! Campaign since November.