Find A Mentor or Literacy Tutor in Philadelphia

The idea for Teach 2 the Core, a Philadelphia inner-city mentoring program, was born from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech What Is Your Life’s Blueprint, delivered to middle school students at Barraatt Junior High School in West Philadelphia on October 26, 1967.

“Whenever a building is constructed,” Dr. King Jr. began, “you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and the blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint.”

As any architect will tell you, this blueprint is not created without help. It is a process which takes a team to complete. The architect must rely on others to view their plan and make sure it is stable. They’ll ask for advice and opinions to make sure they are headed in the right direction. They’ll seek out the help of others to provide them with necessary tools to begin building once plans are in place. We’re not just a tutoring service, our mentors are role models and come from Philadelphia’s inner-city areas, are the first in their families to attend college and have a proven record of academic success. We will help you learn and grow at home, in school, and in the community. You are the architect; Teach 2 the Core is your team!


How will having a mentor help?

  • Establish a network of support
  • Develop talents and skills
  • Share common bonds
  • Learn from someone with similar life experiences
  • Establish trust and confidence in someone who is looking out for your best interests
  • Gain confidence and cultural awareness through interacting with an empathizing mentor
  • Have a sounding board for ideas and plans
  • Learn how to effectively navigate through life’s daily challenges
  • Follow a role model on a path to higher education




Requirements for Participating in our program:

  • Be a Philadelphia resident
  • Donate community service hours (Minimum service hour requirement will be based upon participants age)
  • Parental or guardian permission to participate in our program
  • Permission must be granted for Teach 2 the Core and our mentors to communicate freely with a participant’s school community
  • Must attend all scheduled tutoring sessions
  • Parents must be willing to participate in program events, including community service hours; individual parent’s required participation will be determined based upon services offered to their children
  • All program participants must practice policies of non-violence
  • Participants must place an importance on the value of education

To learn more about enrolling in our program, please contact Timothy McAleer, Director of Mentoring, by completing the form below or calling (215) 888-2276.

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