Julian Reddick answers a need in his community by offering free tutoring, and parents are seeing a difference.
There's a new after-school program in Milledgeville aimed at helping students do better in the classroom, and saving parents money at the same time.
Julian Reddick and his wife started a tutoring program in Milledgeville.
"We pick them up and take some of them home," says Reddick.
They use a couple of classrooms at Central Georgia Technical College for their free after-school program.
He says, "We mentor, we listen, and we try to teach them right from wrong."
Samantha Carlile, a student at Georgia College, helps tutor when she's not in class herself. "Sometimes they just need you being there to help them realize that they can do it," says Carlile.
Even though the program is only a month old, parents say it's working.
"I bring him in the afternoons, he stays a few hours and he enjoys it," explains Cassandra Ford.
Karen Roberts says of her son, "It has helped him tremendously. His math grade has come up a whole lot." She says, "The tutors are very helpful and friendly. I don't have any complaints from my son about coming."
"You hear them griping about not wanting to go or just doesn't feel like it, he never complains he's ready to come to tutoring," Sandra Simmons says of her nephew in the program.
Reddick also helps students learn how to apply and interview for jobs in the community. He says, "We can build minds, we can build better people, some of these kids can go off and be somebody great."
He says hearing many complain their children needed help in school, but they couldn't afford it is what inspired the his free tutoring program.
"Why charge? Let's help the kids," says Reddick.
To become a volunteer or donate to the free tutoring program contact Julian Reddick