Sowing seeds of education for a better future

Estados Unidos

Education is the best investment that a society can make. The tutoring program in The Latin American Youth Center, located in Washington DC, allows us to make the most of the talent of young African American, Latin and Asian participants.

Problem

According to the Washington Post, “in Washington DC the official graduation rate is 58.3%, one of lowest in the nation. The graduation rate for black males in the system is an even more dismal 48%.” In this context, the Tutoring Program was created to give academic support to Latin American and African American youth through students from Georgetown University who serve as tutors for the kids.

In the last decade the admission into US institutions has been harder than ever from high school to college. This project offers training vulnerable urban communities like: Latin, African American and Asian; newcomers or people that has been in the country for a while, helping to keep them on the path to education and making sure they are away from risk factors such as gangs, school drop out and drugs.

 

Project

America Solidaria’s work in the Teen Center coordinating the Tutoring Program is focused in three areas:

  • Partnership: Review process and structure for the tutoring program, as well as developing a strong relationship with Georgetown University partners, tutors and youth
  • Logistics: Facilitate recruitment and registration of middle high school youth and evaluating student progress in the program. Coordinate logistics to do activities and workshops
  • Evaluation: Set up and maintain student enrollment and input attendance into evaluation system and analyze the effectiveness of the program through surveys

The host organization has also given America Solidaria volunteer Lina Bocanegra the opportunity to develop her own jewelry program, which teaches youth different techniques to make their own accessories. At the same time, they learn design theory and methodologies of entrepreneurship. This program looks to improve creativity and inculcate an entrepreneurial mindset in the students, while also allowing them to have some fun.

In Fernanda´s case she has impacted the project by providing the tools to make the young keep on their education: by organizing college tours, workshops to explain financial opportunities and helping them to expand their horizons.

Comunidad

The Tutoring Program has approximately 80-100 students every 6 months with different backgrounds, the majority of whom are Latinos, African-Americans and Africans.

volunteers involved