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Updates To Our Tutoring Program

posted Mar 26, 2013, 10:18 AM by Peter Johannsen   [ updated Jun 7, 2013, 6:10 PM ]
Our tutoring program is key to our mission, and we know that education is the key to our members’ success in life. We are pleased to announce a number of improvements to our program, including more tutoring time for our primary school students, professional training for our primary school tutors, and increasing partnerships with local schools. After having received so much wonderful attention for our program with the CNN Heroes award, we are so happy to redouble our efforts to live up to all of the praise for our organization.

Our education team has been strategizing and doing a lot of training and outreach to improve the program. With the extra space in our new classrooms, we are now able to provide every primary school member with tutoring four afternoons a week. We are also close to reaching our goal of a student-tutor ratio of 10-1, and every one of the primary school tutors is receiving training in English and maths from professionals in the field. The 11th and 12th graders continue with their tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday in English and maths after the younger students are done with their sessions, and all of the high school students have a place to study and ask for help at KYP even when their tutors are not with them. We have even been looking into finding tutoring opportunities for our high school students either here at the center or elsewhere in the area on Fridays and Saturdays. We have updated our tracking of our members as well, using Google spreadsheets to keep track of daily attendance and grades, which is allowing us to more easily identify students who need extra attention or who are excelling.

Important to our students’ success is a strong partnership with their schools. Our education team has been visiting all of the schools our students attend to discuss their programs, our students, and how we can best support them. In addition, the education team has been reaching out to schools that are especially strong, particularly schools where English is the primary language, to find ways that we can get KYP members into their programs. For instance, we have students attending the St. Peter’s Catholic school for the first time. We are also working hard to find schools that will teach to the learning styles of our special needs students. And we continue to work hard to forge relationships with the best teachers we can find who might be interested in helping us in our tutoring programs.

There are many more exciting developments for our education program in the pipeline, so stay tuned for more from us soon!