Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Most Interesting Tutor in the World? An Interview with Jason Ewas.

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When summers roll around, Jason Ewas is a familiar face in the Tutors for All office. A recent Cornell University graduate, Jason has been working with Tutors for All since 2010. He’s coming back for his last summer, and the Tutors for All paparazzi managed to get him to answer a few questions. Read on to find out about his crazy children’s book and where his dancing skills lie.

T4A: What is your full name?

Jason Joseph Ewas

T4A: Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I attended Cornell University and studied English.

T4A: What’s your hometown?

Halifax, MA

T4A: When did you start working with Tutors for All?

Fall 2010

T4A: What drew you to work in education?

At first, a vague desire to help students and, quite frankly, simply needing a work-study job. T4A had an opening, and it seemed like something I might like. During my time at T4A, however, I became increasingly interested in education and committed much of my spare time to tutoring and research.

T4A: What’s your favorite thing about Tutors for All?

Its student-centered approach, and the input that it takes from its tutors. As a tutor, I always felt that I understood the immediate and long term benefits of the content I was teaching. The T4A staff always encouraged tutors to design individualized lessons for each of our students.

T4A: What are your plans now that you’ve graduated?.

I will work in the government or non-profit sector full time, while pursuing a Master’s in Public Affairs (MSPA) at UMass Boston in the evenings.

T4A: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of tutoring?

Reading and writing. I’m currently writing a children’s book about a talking cat named Larry who journeys into the woods. This may seem a little crazy, but it’s loosely based on Dante’s Inferno.

T4A: What’s your favorite food?/Place to eat in Boston?

Anything made by my lovely girlfriend, of course. Since I’m a vegetarian, this includes broccoli Parmesan “meatballs” (I’m not joking), and various other veggie delicacies. My favorite place in Boston is True Bistro in Somerville, even though I’ve only been there twice. It’s delicious vegan food.

T4A: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we didn’t know?

Well, the T4A staff knows this, but most people don’t, and are often surprised and disbelieving when I tell them: I am a very talented hip-hop dancer.

Tutors for All Announces New Partnership with the YMCA!

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Starting this summer Tutors for All will be running summer camp and after school programs at YMCA locations across Boston.

T4A will serve elementary school students attending YMCA summer camp and after school programs. This first of these programs will begin at the Roxbury YMCA this July. In the fall we will conduct our first after school program at the East Boston YMCA. We look forward to expanding our outreach to Boston youth through the YMCA. Check back for updates throughout the year!

The Kickball for All Play-by-play

You don’t have to be into sports to be into kickball. If you weren’t able to make it to our Kickball for All event a few weeks ago, here’s a quick run down of the event, the Team Captains, the Tutors for All alums who stopped by, and our fantastic sponsors.

The Event

It seems like everyone and their mother is currently memorized by the World Cup. The victory, the heartbreak, the drama!

Look at the sweat on that brow.

Look at the sweat on that brow. (Mike of the Test-takers)

Tutors for All recently experienced the same intense drama during the final game of Kickball for All. It the final inning of the championship game between the Amazing Youngbloods and the Test-takers. The Youngbloods had a 4-0 lead, so it looked like the end. No one suspected that the Test-takers would put on some major game face, which resulted in multiple runs and an outta-the-park game-winning kick.

Teams and Team Captains

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From left to right: Melissa Schick (Mathmagical Dragons), Sunessa Schettler (Amazing Youngbloods), Andy Stewart (Test-takers), Hywel Williams (Boston Leg-swingers), Chris Baginski, and Esther Gonzalez.

Kickball could not have been successful without our hardworking Team Captains. They not only fearlessly led their team on the field, but they also led them through a successful fundraising campaign on Crowdrise. Three cheers for supporting education equality!

Kickball Cards of T4A Alums!

We were lucky to have a few Tutor Alums drop in. Take a look at their kickball cards:

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And finally…a word from our sponsors!

We would like to wholeheartedly thank our sponsors who gave at all levels.

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Introducing the Tutors for All Online Store!

Kickball for All T Shirt 1 Now you can buy your very own Tutors for All Swag! Help support our fight to bridge the achievement gap one student at a time  by purchasing a sweet T-Shirt from our online store. All proceeds go to Tutors for All programs around the city. Currently we’re selling Kickball for All 2014 T-Shirts. These shirts are the very same worn by the kickball players and commemorate our summer fundraiser (June 7th, 2014). They come in a range of colors!  CBKBALLSHIRTFRONT

Kickball for All 2014

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Kickball for All is happening Saturday June 7th at Medal of Honor Park in South Boston from 2pm-6pm. In this post we breakdown the structure of the event, debut our official team shirts and thank our fantastic sponsors! Check out kickballforall.org for more info and remember to use #kickballforall when sharing this with your friends! Click is this link to sign up to play. Click here to donate to the cause. All proceeds go to support Tutors for All programs around the city.

Round Robin

 

Kickball for All  2014 will kick off with a round-robin. Click here to see the rules and regulations. First games will start at 2:30pm sharp! Team will be divided into two separate groups: Group A and Group B. Currently the number of teams are not finalized. After the round robin the best teams from each group will compete for the championship. We’re expecting a field of 8 teams. Here is a breakdown of what the tournament will look like:

8 team format

Group 1

Group 2

Round #

Match #

Teams

Time

Round #

Match #

Teams

Time

1

1

A vs. B

2:30

1

1

A vs. B

2:30

2

C vs. D

2:50

2

C vs. D

2:50

2

3

A vs. C

3:10

2

3

A vs. C

3:10

4

B vs. D

3:30

4

B vs. D

3:30

3

5

A vs. D

3:50

3

5

A vs. D

3:50

6

B vs. C

4:10

6

B vs. C

4:10

Group A Semi Final

Group B Semi Final

Round#

Match

Teams

Time

Round#

Match #

Teams

Time

4

1

A vs. D

4:30

4

1

A vs. D

4:30

Championship Round

Winner Group A

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Winner Group B


Team Gear

Tutors for All is excited to debut the official Kickball for All 2014 Team T-Shirts. Each team will be outfitted with the shirts in their desired color. Shout Out to Krista at Bias Design for creating such an awesome shirt!

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Sponsors

BGoodboomTutors for All is proud to announce that b.good will be the official burger of Kickball for All 2014. Each participant and spectator will receive their choice of beef, turkey, or veggie burgers compliments of b.good- “Food Made By People, Not Factories”

Thank you Residential Mortage Services and Sunny Day Fitness for officially sponsoring two of the participating Kickball teams:

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Tutors for All would also like to thank Staples for providing free printing for all of our Kickball for All 2014 promotional materials. Finally, thank you to all of our other event sponsors : Newbury Place, Sorriso Italian Trattoria, Zygomates Wine Bar-Bistro, Elizabeth Grady, CVS Pharmacy, City Sports, Sagarino’s, Signet Education, Shaw’s & Star Market Grocery Stores, George Brackett Associates, Pain Relief Physical Therapy, Trader Joe’s, La Flamme Barber Shop.