AFTER SCHOOL CENTERS – Preparing young minds for academic success
The foundation provides tutoring and academic enrichment to over 350 children at eight
after-school centers in disadvantaged communities. Children ages 5-11 meet 4 days a week in small groups with certified teachers for help in reading, science and math. Teachers use creative techniques and incentives to make learning fun. Science and math, recent additions to the curriculum, use interactive, hands-on approaches that help to bring these subjects to life.
The results have been amazing!
– Most children enter the program reading below grade level and catch up within two years.
– 96% of students improve their reading level by at least one grade level.
– Students who stay with the program for at least 4 years have a 99% passing rate on the reading portion of the standardized tests.
– Math grades have improved dramatically.
Community volunteers from our Speakers Bureau visit the centers approximately once a month. Speakers share their knowledge about a life-skill topic or simply share their own story about what influenced them to achieve success in life.
The directors at each center also integrate life skills into the curriculum. Topics covered include social behavior, goal setting, personal safety and current topics (e.g., voting, the environment, etc.)
This program provides support and resources for the families of children participating in the after-school centers. Activities provide moms with the tools and the passion to grow personally and as a parent. Parents are encouraged to read with their children for at least 15 minutes every night.
Annual Women’s Conference - September 24, 2016
With presentations, workshops and discussions, this full-day conference helps mothers gain an understanding and appreciation of the prominence they have in their children’s lives and the impact that they can have on their success in life. Inspirational speakers provide motivation and encouragement.