Knowing that education is a way out of poverty, Highlands offers several tutoring opportunities in our wider community.  

  • The Highlands Men’s Group works with K - 6th grade kids living in the Southtown community helping them with their homework and anything else they can.  The Men’s Group tutors several days a week from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  If you are interested in joining their efforts, contact Mark Chambers.
  • Highlands partners with MPower Ministries to offer tutoring to adults who are learning to read.  Tutors are needed!  You don't have to be a teacher by trade to make a difference; you just need a willing heart and an hour per week, after training.  Contact Deb Welsh for information on the next training session.
  • Highlands UMC and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church are collaborating to recruit tutors for the STAIR Program (Start the Adventure in Reading) administered out of Independent Presbyterian Church.  STAIR is a tutoring program for second graders in Birmingham public schools, including Avondale.  Tutors volunteer to come once per week for two hours to tutor the same child throughout the school year.  To learn more and volunteer, go to stairbirmingham.org and identify yourself as a member of Highlands UMC.