Collaborative Tutoring is an organization driven by the ultimate goal of collaborating with businesses, organizations, agencies, the young people, and their families to promote teaching through mentoring. Collaborative Tutoring has been able to connect with community-based-organizations and other agencies to provide services and resources to not only students in the Collaborative Tutoring program, but to at-risk and high-risk youth and young adults in low-income communities. We have also implemented an informal mentoring model embedded within the organization’s structure to improve student educational success and their socio-emotional development as well.
We have also been able to connect with collaborative partners to provide internship opportunities within their businesses/organizations.
It is our goal to continue to develop and implement a structured Mentoring and Internship program for our students.
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At Collaborative Tutoring, we believe in working in collaboration with community partners to utilize resources to guide and support children and young individuals from all walks of life towards success; while fostering positive learning environments- through education, mentorship, community service, and volunteerism. The Mentoring through Education Movement (MEM) project is based on an innovative student-centered approach combined with mentoring and experiential learning to revolutionize traditional ways of learning. The MEM project will allow youth and young adults (in the 7th through 12th grades) coming from high-crime, high-poverty communities within Los Angeles County, to receive high-quality tutoring services in combination with real life experiential learning through volunteerism, community service, and restorative justice. Volunteerism will play a large role in the student’s education by promoting learning both inside and outside the classroom. Students will volunteer with non-profit organizations of their choice for a minimum of 21 hours over the course of the project. Types of volunteering opportunities will positively impact: the environment (i.e. conservation), community enhancement, education, the homeless, humanitarian efforts, etc. All volunteerism and community service activities will promote altruism for the greater good of humanity. Restorative justice will be carried out through the power of poetry, art, creative writing, and/or skits/plays created by the students, which will be showcased at Collaborative Tutoring’s Mentoring through Education Movement Celebration. Collaborative Tutoring focuses on the meaningful experiences young people encounter within their lives. Our “Educator/Mentors” will provide one-on-one and/or small group tutoring and mentorship, using the student’s Life Plan as a tool towards success. This movement will allow students to experience education with a whole new approach through relationship building. Our goal is transform our student’s way of learning through various avenues. Not only will students learn within the classroom setting, but they will continue their learning through experiences outside of the classroom. The Mentoring through Education Movement is expected to develop teaching communities in which teaching not only happens in the classroom, but within the communities in Los Angeles as well. Teaching communities will allow students at a middle school and high school level to teach both adults and children by using what they have learned within their experiences. For example, a high school student could adopt a “reading buddy” to improve literacy among elementary school aged children. These teaching communities could be modeled and replicated in all environments and among all ages (young and old). A harsh reality in Los Angeles is that our young individuals either are, or are at high-risk of dropping out of high school, being on probation/incarcerated, entering gangs, becoming homeless, etc. Due to the lack of access to resources, it is through the Mentoring through Education Movement that will continue to educate and guide young individuals towards success within their lives. In addition to tutoring services, Collaborative Tutoring’s Mentoring through Education Movement will provide Life Skills workshops, to enhance young people’s socio-emotional development and leadership skills. Workshops include, but are not limited to: using Microsoft Office, basic computer skills (i.e. typing, software), Internet use, E-mail, FAFSA, CAHSEE Prep, College Prep, parenting, job readiness, budgeting, forgiveness, leadership, health, college applications, communication, technology, etc. Successful completion of the program will allow students the chance to become part of the MEM Internship program. MEM Alumni will be able to apply to become an intern with one of our collaborating partners. Within this internship program, young individuals will have access to a business mentor/s in the workforce. Through Collaborative Tutoring’s Mentoring through Education Movement, we expect the project to impact education with: • 100% of our students will show improvement in their academics • An increase in High School Diploma attainment and Graduation rates • Increase in the passing of CAHSEE’s (California High School Exit Exams) • Increase in TABE (Test of Basic Adult Education) test scores • Increase in knowledge of college preparation (FAFSA, college applications, college navigation, etc.) • Increase in college going rates and/or the desire to attend college (community college, four year institution, trade school, etc.) • Increase in confidence levels within their education and personal development • Increase in knowledge and access to resources within their communities • Increase in knowledge of career exploration and goals • Increase in life skills and leadership development • Increase in the knowledge and use of skills and tools (i.e. communication, Microsoft Office,