This fall everything is new. FLI is taking our tutoring program directly to the schools and community sites—a plan that will better serve our students and families. As always, tutoring services are free. Executive Director Sharine Buddin explains.

The Family Learning Institute (FLI) has a new home and a new way of delivering our core tutoring program. After considerable discussion with FLI’s Board and staff members, we have decided to take the FLI reading program directly to elementary schools in Ann Arbor. This arrangement should be more convenient for our students, who can receive tutoring right after school. Now family members need only to provide transportation after the tutoring session. Our hopes are that this outreach model will help overcome transportation issues that many FLI families face.

What hasn’t changed is that our outstanding volunteer coaches will continue to work one-to-one with young students who struggle with reading. Amy Lesemann, our Academic Director, will provide training and onsite support at three Ann Arbor partner schools, Lakewood, Lawton and Pittsfield Elementary Schools.


This fall FLI continues tutoring at Parkridge Community Center. This site allows us to reach out to students in Ypsilanti.

FLI has moved to smaller administrative offices, which many of you visited during FLI’s summer Open House. FLI is mindful of cost-saving measures, always a concern for nonprofits.

To learn about FLI volunteer opportunities in Ypsilanti or Ann Arbor please feel free to contact us at info@familylearninginstitute.org.

To FLI supporters and volunteers, thank you again for all you do to help our students succeed. Your efforts are appreciated!

Sharine Buddin
Executive Director