Students attending inner city high schools are stuck in unfortunate circumstances. They suffer from a lack of financial and educational support from parents and although hundreds of thousands of students are eligible for tutoring at no cost under the No Child Left Behind law, less than 15% of them are receiving such tutoring, according to the U.S. Department of Education (GreatSchools 2015). Given the importance of high school academics as a gateway to adulthood, most students cannot achieve their potential.
Our organization works through volunteers to help out inner city youth. Few nonprofits cater to them, and we want to improve their lives by tutoring them, providing guidance and creating a supportive environment. We recognize the importance of incorporating both tutoring and extracurricular recreation to effect comprehensive life improvements so in addition to providing academic support, we host social events such as bowling, going out for food, playing pool or air hockey.
We were able to achieve a statistically significant grade improvement for over 40 students last year. Our volunteers currently help over 150 at risk youth at Lincoln High School this semester.