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Congratulations, Watt's Tutorial! For the month of June, the UCLA Volunteer Center is presenting th...

Bruin Heroes Award, Spring ’10 – Watts Tutorial Project

June 1st, 2010

Congratulations, Watt’s Tutorial!

For the month of June, the UCLA Volunteer Center is presenting the Bruin Heroes Award to the Watts Tutorial Project. A UCLA student-run service organization, Watts Tutorial Project has been doing service in mentoring and tutoring underprivileged children from Watts and neighborhoods in Chinatown for over ten years.

Every Wednesday over 80 students are bused to UCLA where they meet with their mentor, a UCLA student, to work on homework. The students are then fed a healthy meal prepared by one of the UCLA volunteers and finish the day with a cultural or educational activity.

Watts has worked to incorporate other UCLA student groups into these activities based on the idea that showing the diversity of students and opportunities at UCLA enriches the youths’ lives. Watts has worked with a diversity of organizations from YOUTHphonics to Samahang Pilipino to Nu Alpha Kappa (NAK) fraternity. Activities that Watts Tutorial Project has organized this year include a health workshop, a magic show, and educational sports and dance activities

While the Watts Tutorial Project takes a multifaceted approach to learning, its main focus is on the tutor/tutee relationship and on using that bond to inspire and motivate academic success. In addition to building these relationships, the program also outreaches to the students’ communities in an effort to build family relationships. Several of the directors will be going to community meetings and events this summer to reach out to the parents of the children they serve.

The Volunteer Center commends the Watts Tutorial Project for its continued efforts in helping the youth of underprivileged communities and its inspiring commitment to service.

More About the Bruin Heroes Award

The Bruin Heroes Award recognizes innovative and inspiring projects organized by UCLA organizations. Every day, thousands of students work in hundreds of groups on service projects worldwide. As a public institution, UCLA is dedicated to service and values the hard work of these Bruins and the passion motivating their endeavors. The goal of this award is to shine a light on these efforts.

The Bruin Heroes Award will be awarded monthly by the UCLA Volunteer Center. Award recipients are selected by the Volunteer Center Fellows from among a pool of nominations compiled by a group of chief campus advisors. Winners of the award receive recognition and support from the Volunteer Center as well as a monetary award. For more information email:

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