Teenage brothers from McLean launched an online tutoring service for elementary school students

“The first word is shred,” Bernstein says, and Gavin starts spelling the word to his best ability on that paper with pencil. Bernstein lists 24 more words before they review. Gavin runs into trouble spelling the second word, shriek.

“Okay, do you remember the rule with ‘E’ and ‘I’ and ‘I’ ‘E?’ ” Bernstein asks. “What’s the rule?”

“ ‘I’ before ‘E’ except after ‘C,’ ” Gavin says.

“Very good,” Bernstein says. “So what are we going to change in shriek?”

“We’re going to swap the ‘I’ and ‘E,’ ” Gavin concludes.

These are the lessons elementary school students are receiving in one-on-one instruction through Intutorly, a free online tutoring service created by McLean teenagers Alex and Ben Joel during the novel coronavirus outbreak. The program, which began in April, has reached more than 200 students as children struggle to find individualized learning with many schools teaching online.

“It rivals

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CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties Carlos Lejnieks

Carlos Lejnieks is CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties (Newark, NJ) and is immediate-past Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NJ. Carlos took over an atrophied BBBS agency in 2008 and, within four years, went from serving approximately 100 youth to serving well over 1,100 annually. Each child is paired with a specially trained and supervised one-to-one volunteer adult mentor. Under his leadership, BBBS has received numerous awards from local and national entities including a formal recognition by President Obama. In 2016, he rang the Closing Bell at the Nasdaq in celebration of National Mentoring Month, and, in 2018, he rang the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of his 10th anniversary.

Prior to joining BBBS, Carlos was an administrator at North Star Academy,

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