Trevor's Story

Trevor accepting the award for Tutor Honoree

Trevor accepting the award for Tutor Honoree

Trevor's passion for tutoring and commitment to helping others distinguished him among his peers. He was promoted to Lead Tutor for two years, and in 2017, Trevor was named the Tutor Honoree at READ's 9th Annual Spring Benefit.

Making an impact on his younger peers helped Trevor with his confidence, and the responsibilities of tutoring helped Trevor develop organizational skills. As a tutor for 2 years and a Lead Tutor for 2 years, Trevor practiced how to balance his personal commitments along with his job at READ, a skill he still uses today as an Entrepreneurship Major at Hampton University. 

When Trevor was younger, he was fortunate to have someone help him in school. When he heard about READ, he wanted to be that positive influence for someone else.

Although he was motivated to help, Trevor was nervous about working with younger students. "I worried the way I tutored might not be effective. But years later I've seen children I tutored my first year with READ come up to me and say, 'Do you remember me, Trevor? You taught me how to read!'

Trevor with William R. Harvey, President of Hampton University

Trevor with William R. Harvey, President of Hampton University

"I used to get out of school at 2:20, and I knew I had to be at READ by 3:00 when the church bells started to ring. I wouldn't just waste that small window of time—I would schedule appointments with teachers and guidance counselors, time to get a snack, and other tasks between school and READ. I still implement that same system of scheduling my commitments in college. We have church bells on campus, and when I hear them, I always think about going to READ after school."