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Student develops free tutoring program to those in need

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A local college student saw an opportunity to give back to others so he quit his job to do it.  Now, he hopes people will join him in an effort to keep students on the road to success.

John Stamm, a 20-year-old college student, majoring in business administration and philosophy at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, recently discovered a need so great he couldn't turn his back on it, literally helping hundreds if not thousands of children in Kansas City.

"I work for a local tutoring company, and I worked with a lot of students from families who were well-off and the rates that they pay to me, it just seemed unfair," said Stamm.

So unfair, Stamm knew he had to help.

"I decided, listen, this isn't fair. We should do something about it, and I jumped into this whole non-profit business," said Stamm.

And literally he jumped, working for months to create his own company.

"Achievement Tutors is a non-profit I started, and we provide free tutoring to high school students in Kansas City," said Stamm.  "No one has to pay anything. We absorb all the costs through our fundraising efforts."

And he is leading by example.

"I used to have hair ... and I shaved it all off for our very first fundraiser. We raised $1,720 for that, and I was very pleased," said Stamm.

Stamm has the company, the money, even the website, but one thing is missing: students.

However, the students are not far off.  He gets those next month, and his first client is Kansas City public schools.

"The Kansas City, MO, School District is, despite what may be going on there, still very committed to getting this service for the students," said Stamm.

Until then though, he is focused on the future.

"I have very lofty goals for Achievement Tutors," said Stamm.  "I'd like to see this grow continually as I grow as well."

Achievement Tutors is strictly volunteer only, and Stamm says he needs help.

If anyone would to make a donation or volunteer to be a tutor, click here.

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