The Fall of 2014 brought a number of changes at Tutors For All. Through a partnership with the YMCA, the organization began a new program at the Curtis Guild School in East Boston, and welcomed program director Hannah DeAngelis to steer the program, and take over Tutors For All’s successful Tobin Program in Mission Hill.
This Fall also brought another exciting new project, a 2nd grade program. The results of the program were astounding. Between the first and second Show What You Know tests, the class average rose an average of 34%, with almost every student achieving at least 30% growth.
Working with Hannah, I had a chance to ask what her thoughts were when starting the 2nd grade program. It was an easy choice. Hannah told me, “We had more than enough tutors to meet the needs of the 2nd graders at the YMCA.”
It took some time to develop materials for the program. There was no second grade curriculum and no skill tracker developed. However, working closely with 2nd grade teachers, YMCA and Curtis Guild Staff, the Guild team built new materials all within a week. Tutorial skills ranged from counting to patterns and attributes to measurements.
During the last week of the program, I sat down with 2nd graders Davi, Juan and Gabrielly. I asked what each of them liked about tutoring. Juan was quick to chirp in, “Tutoring is hard.” When I pried a bit further, he clarified, “My tutor never gives up. Even when I don’t know, she pushes me to learn.”
The YMCA program is still hiring a few spots for the spring semester, so apply now to make a difference. Special shout-outs to all the 2nd graders, tutors, lead tutors, and to YMCA program coordinators Rachel Hemstock and Kevin DeCosta for helping this program reach its full potential.
Andreas Wolfe, YMCA Lead Tutor and Tobin Program Coordinator