When one concerned mom wanted to do something to help struggling students achieve greater academic success, she turned to the community around her and to Educate Midland for help. Immediately, she perceived a need for consistent, subject-specific tutoring and mentorship beyond the classroom. She realized her greatest resource was her church congregation, a group with open hearts and sharp minds. With volunteers on-board, students in need began to be matched with tutors for after-school tutoring at the church right across the street from the school.
This concept has grown into the “One-to-One” Tutoring program, an after-school program involving the partnership between churches, neighboring school campuses, and community volunteers. After seeing the success of the program, Educate Midland is partnering to help leverage this initiative across the community to help ensure more students and volunteers are linked. Currently, four large churches are partnering with four large campuses in the coordination of volunteer, after-school tutoring in Midland, and with growing interest from churches, schools, businesses, and community-based organizations, many other partnerships are poised to be launched.
Another Educate Midland partnering organization wanted to do something to assist elementary students at-risk of falling below grade level in reading, so they designed the “Fun Club.”
Through this initiative community, volunteers dedicate 30-minutes per week to read to and play a game with a small group of assigned students during their lunch period; A seemingly simple interaction with astounding results. The Fun Club program began with 17 volunteers serving 111 kids on 2 campuses. So far in 2017, the program has grown to 50 volunteers serving 283 kids on 8 campuses every week of the school year! Not only has regularly scheduled reading and fun helped increase the students’ academic performance, but a transformation has taken place between volunteer and student, from tutoring to mentoring, from reading to a relationship.
For more information about these and other Educate Midland Partnered Programs, and to get involved yourself, give us a call or fill out our contact form.