Parent Engagement

Randomized controlled trial study conducted?

Empower CNY


Empower CNY began as a way to improve educational equity in Central New York. Many young students have fallen behind due to disproportionate resource allocation within our education system. To help students combat this issue, Empower CNY links high school volunteers with them locally. Tutors not only enjoy developing the community but also have the opportunity to build interpersonal and leadership qualities. Through diverse student leadership, Empower CNY is able to develop activities and programs that meet the needs of all ambitious students. At Empower CNY, we strive to provide the resources for all students to reach their maximum academic potential.

Program Description

High school tutors from across the Central New York area register through our website and are firstly interviewed. They are then paired with a student who is in need of tutoring. We hold tutoring sessions weekly on Saturday and Sunday at morning and evening times. Parents and tutors provide feedback through our optional session review forms.

Type of service
Tutoring Program
Technology Platform
Academic Intervention
Other type of service


Year Started
Headquarter Location (City, State)
Syracuse, New York
States of Operation
New York,
Operation Locations
Syracuse, Fayetteville, Baldwinsville, Liverpool, Manlius, Oneida, Canastota, Jamesville, Dewitt
Most recent number of students served
Subject Offered
English Language Arts (ELA),
Early Literacy,
Social Studies,
Other subjects
Foreign Languages
Grade Levels
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade
Languages Offered
Percentage of tutors who can speak a language other than English
Race/Ethnicity breakdown of tutors
1% Hispanic or Latino, <1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 30% Asian, 5% Black or African American, <1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, >60% White
Out of School
Delivery Mode
Tutor-Student Ratio
Number of Sessions Per Week
Number of Minutes Per Session
Number of Weeks Per Program
Does your program engage with parents?
Family Engagement Description

Discussions with parents over email regarding student preparation, session review forms to gauge satisfaction.

Organization Type
Customer Type
Parent, School, Student
Cost to District/ School/ Non-Profit
Cost to Student
Type of Tutor
Volunteer, Other
Other tutor type
High School Students
Randomized controlled trial (RCT) study conducted?
Quasi-experimental (QED) study conducted?
Contact Name
Sam Lustig, Sravan Kodali, Madeline Massa
Contact Email

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