TUTORING, MENTORING AND WRITING SESSIONS
ACADEMIC YEAR: SEPTEMBER THROUGH JUNE
ONCE A WEEK ~ EVERY WEEK
YOUREACH SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMPS
During the academic year, YouReach met every Saturday morning for tutoring and writing sessions. At these weekly sessions, volunteer tutors worked with the children individually and in groups on their homework and supplemental worksheets, as well as with their writing through creative writing activities. The children's work has been published in a local monthly newspaper (please see our "Publications" page for our full archive.) In addition, the children regularly read to improve their literacy and comprehension skills, and they participated in an annual "Reading Challenge" where they are "challenged" to read three books between January and May and write a book report on each one. An important aspect of the program has been to introduce the children to local, successful Latino role models, and during the academic year the children meet 2-3 new role models (please see our "Speakers" page for a full list). The year culminated in an end-of-the-year Awards Ceremony where the children read an excerpt from their journals to family and friends, during which they reflectedf on their growth throughout the year and set goals for themselves in the future.
The Admissions Initiative, launched in 2012, strived to prepare seventh and eighth grade students of YouReach for high school. Our goal is to educate and empower the families and students about their high school options and provide resources to guide them in the search process. In our first year of launching the Initiative, we have focused on test-preparation exercises for the high school entrance exams in December. We also worked on activities and writing exercises designed to introduce and prepare the students for the more rigorous coursework which they will find in high school. The Admissions Initiative has been led by Georgetown University students.
YouReach opened its doors in July 2010 with a Summer Enrichment Camp, a 9am-3pm full day program where the children engage in educational, artistic, and physical activities. The children read, write and learn about topics such as geography or health, lessons they may not have come across in school. We put emphasis on good nutrition and healthy eating.
We aim to make these lessons fun and interesting so the students can continue to learn while on their summer breaks. Just like the year-round program, the summer camps, which include three nutritional meals during the day, are completely free of charge to the families. Throughout the two weeks, the students also have the opportunity to meet 2-3 new Hispanic role models - please visit our full list of speakers here.