In 2005, Moshe Ohayon of Louisville, KY, opened the Louisville Tutoring Agency, which provides tutoring to students of all ages, from kindergarteners learning reading basics to adults pursuing an MBA. In the evenings, Ohayon volunteered his time tutoring students in lower-income neighborhoods. The differences shocked him. key phrase: As a tutor, Ohayon was accustomed to identifying learning gaps and helping students close them. But bright disadvantaged students, he found, were struggling due to educational deficits of alarming magnitude.
To address the disparity, Ohayon launched a small project called Educational Justice, which sought out students who had good GPAs and an enthusiasm for learning but who struggled greatly with some their advanced courses and with standardized tests. These students were invited to the Agency, where they received the same professional tutoring, test preparation, and college advising as paying clients. The results were so remarkable: students significantly raised their ACT scores, gained admission to selective colleges, earned over $215,000 in scholarships collectively.
Now a nonprofit organization, Educational Justice has a small, dedicated volunteer staff that provides thousands of hours of free tutoring each year. Additional programs, such as EJ Activists and ACT Crash Courses at local schools, have been developed specifically to increase the educational opportunities of struggling students from low-income backgrounds.
Educational Justice won the 2013 Pyramid Award of Excellence in the Art of Vision from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. With the help of generous donations from the community, Ohayon hopes to expand EJ programs to even more schools in the greater Louisville area.